Are we serious about what God is saying to us in the Bible? Are we sure of our answer?


By Richard Duke:

A related question is whether we are as serious about God and the Bible as we are about materialism?

Assume you have an audience that is about to take some exam to be qualified for a certain position of work. You are teaching from the material to help those in the audience to pass the exam.  You inform the audience that the underlying material comes from the Hebrew and Greek language.  You further inform the audience that the exam will be based on the real meaning of the words and concepts from the Hebrew and Greek language.

Do you believe that those in the audience will check the relevant Hebrew and Greek words in the material provided for study to pass the exam?

Now let’s change the facts.

As Derek Prince (and other language experts) state, the English language is the worst language on the globe to translate from Hebrew and Greek.  (Derek Prince spoke many languages, including Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic—the languages of the Bible—as well as Latin (and he spoke other languages).   If you come to understand this (English language is terrible), do you continue sitting under a person behind the pulpit who does not inform you of this (English translations of the Bible are at best misleading; and in actuality the translations to English are terrible)?   In other words, the question is:  does the person behind the pulpit understand that strictly going by the English translations of the Bible is misleading and potentially dangerous?  If he is not aware of this fact (English language), well, maybe one should consider another person behind the pulpit to set before.  And if the person behind the pulpit knows this but does not make you aware of the underlying meaning of words and concepts coming from the Greek and Hebrew, then maybe one should consider another person behind the pulpit to sit before.

Let me give you just two examples (two verses) that show how the Bible, read in English, is misleading and potentially dangerous (example: use of the word “damnation” in my example—verse 2):

Romans 13:

I am working on the first 8 verses of Romans 13 (I did this previously but cannot find; and this time I will post on my blog so I can find next time),  Here are the first two verses—note especially the real meaning of “damnation”—a totally incorrect word coming from English Bibles.  The correct meaning of the inappropriate word “damnation” from the Greek (Krima) means condemnation, etc. from a judge, etc.  In other words, Paul was warning that one should stay out of trouble with higher powers such as government because God will not protect you from their decisions against a person [Paul was not protected from being jailed and receiving 39 whippings by a  whip on three different occasions; and the counts against Jesus were for sedition against the state and failure to pay tribute]:

1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher [huperecho] powers [exousia]. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained [tasso] of God.

Huperecho means:

1) to have or hold over one

2) to stand out, rise above, overtop

2a) to be above, be superior in rank, authority, power

2a1) the prominent men, rulers

2b) to excel, to be superior, better than, to surpass

Exousia means:

1) power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases

1a) leave or permission

2) physical and mental power

2a) the ability or strength with which one is endued, which

he either possesses or exercises

3) the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)

4) the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will

and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)

4a) universally

4a1) authority over mankind

4b) specifically

4b1) the power of judicial decisions

4b2) of authority to manage domestic affairs

4c) metonymically

4c1) a thing subject to authority or rule

4c1a) jurisdiction

4c2) one who possesses authority

4c2a) a ruler, a human magistrate

4c2b) the leading and more powerful among created beings

superior to man, spiritual potentates

4d) a sign of the husband’s authority over his wife

4d1) the veil with which propriety required a women to cover


4e) the sign of regal authority, a crown

Tasso means:

1) to put in order, to station

1a) to place in a certain order, to arrange, to assign a

place, to appoint

1a1) to assign (appoint) a thing to one

1b) to appoint, ordain, order

1b1) to appoint on one’s own responsibility or authority

1b2) to appoint mutually, i.e. agree upon

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power [exousia], resisteth the ordinance [diatage]

of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation [krima].

Diatage means:

  • a disposition, arrangement, ordinance

krima means:

1) a decree, judgments

2) judgment

2a) condemnation of wrong, the decision (whether severe or mild)

which one passes on the faults of others

2b) in a forensic sense

2b1) the sentence of a judge

2b2) the punishment with which one is sentenced

2b3) condemnatory sentence, penal judgment, sentence

3) a matter to be judicially decided, a lawsuit, a case in court


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