[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Did you ever notice the italicised words in the Bible? Did you know why they are there? They indicate words that have been added by the translators to make the passage more clear.
You thought we’d be discussing words that are missing, and that is what the episode is about. These are words that are missing in the original text but are supplied by translators.
In this episode I wanted to illustrate the impact words have by discussing words transpators supply. Most of the time there is no argument about these words. They are demanded by the context and merely aid in the study of a passage.
A common reason a word might be added is because of the nature of translation. It is a difficult work to translate from one language to another accurately. It’s not impossible, but there are many considerations.
For example, grammar is different in each language. Word order is different. The way words are emphazised and expressed changes. Figures of speech are also very different and complicate the translation process. My intent is not to question the motives of people who are much more trained that I in the languages of the Bible. But I do want to make you think.
Most of the time the words are supplied without anyone thinking anything of it, but sometimes there is debate about whether a word that is supplied is the correct word. And sometimes there is debate about whether a word should be supplied at all.
This episode deals with one such passage.
The passage in question is James 1:2.
“My brethren, count is all joy when you fall into various trials.”
Bibles usually mark supplied words by italicizing them, but in almost all Bibles there are no italicized words in this verse. But there is a supplied word. The word is it.
I’m not sure why it is not italicized, but it is definitely missing from the Greek text in which this was originally written.
There are two ways of looking at this passage.
- This is about attitude. “When you face trials, put on a happy face and think about joyful things!”
- This is about a process. “When you face trials, bring about joy in your life by considering the process for bringing about joy.”
We’ll discuss why I think the second option is the best one.
Let me know what you think about “it” in the comments below!
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