Word for Today
Scriptures from the Holy Bible, King James (Authorised) Version of 1611
Phillipians, chapter 4, verse 13
This Scripture as stated in other selected versions of the Bible:
From the New
13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
13 for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ
who gives me the strength and power.
For Modern Man:
13 I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that
Christ gives me.
13 I can do all things in him who strengthens me.
13 For all things I have strength, in Christ's strengthening me;
Holy Bible -- King James Version
I draw from
power of this passage in the KJV whenever I feel unsure of whether I
whatever it is that needs to be done. But if it is something beneficial
for me, something that will increase my abilities- strengthen me
help- then I am sure to succeed. If it is not something good for me, I
I will fail- if not immediately, then eventually. "I can do all
things that bring me closer to God and become a better witness for Him
- because Christ will help me"
is the way the verse sounds to me. The King James version of the Bible
appears to be the only one that adhers to the (in my humble opinion)
real meaning of his passage.
But I have heard it defended that this verse means anyone can do anything because Jesus will cause it to be so. How could anyone really believe that?
so, invoking His Name would enable one to help others, to be kindly, to
be loving --- or to be a master thief, rapist, murderer --- well, you
must be able to
see the potentials for abuse. I can not do all things through
Christ --- definitely not
those things that run counter to the will of God --- but certainly and
only those things which are beneficial
and conducive to adhering to the Father's Will.
As you can see in other versions of the Bible, the interpretations can mean several apparently similar things, yet subtly different. Generally though, they seem inspiring and instructive. (As a side note, I find it unsettling that some versions use no capitalization in reference to the Lord's Name).
Use your own good judgement. Whenever you are involved in a Bible study, having several versions of the Bible to work with will certainly increase your appreciation of all that God's word contains. Regardless of what anyone may say about the seeming disparity of meaning in different versions, selah, consider this:
Through the power
of God the Scriptures were produced, were assembled into the book known
as the Bible, and have been translated into nearly all the languages
around the world. The Holy Spirit will certainly teach all that God
taught, and no man nor group can do anything to alter that fact.
God said the Word must be heard by all nations. I doubt he meant via KJV1611 only; even well-founded and believing scholars dispute what certain passages meant in that version. Accept it that God will lead and the Holy Spirit will instruct. When it comes to the Bible, the essential value of any "Version" may simply equal someone's preference.
Whatever version you use, read, study and use it daily. That's the single best piece of advice I can give about The Holy Bible. Please send email with your thoughts.
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