I’m officially retiring my duct-taped, coffee-stained NKJV Woman’s Study Bible for a new ESV. Though I’ve got mixed emotions. It’s hard to part with a worn-in Bible. I know it sounds overly sentimental, but I feel like I’m cheating a little.
Those Pages steered me through seminary, guided me through a decade of marriage, and strengthened me through nearly eight years of child-rearing. They met me early and stayed up late, whispering precious promises from my God.
Ok, Ok, I know. “Get over it, Lara.”
Anyway, people often ask which version of Scripture I use for my personal study. And to be honest, I think they all have something to offer. His Word is alive and active, by His grace transcending even the poorest of translations.
But in recent months I have switched from the New King James to the English Standard Version mainly because it seems to stay so close to the intention of the original language. Not that I remember much of my Greek and Hebrew from seminary, (*ahem) but I trust those who do. And this version seems ideal.
(Hopefully my son won’t rip off the cover of this Bible. Though duct tape always comes to the rescue.)
For those memorizing Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount with me, I trust you had a good “breather” week and are ready to press on with this week’s verses. Keep at it, friends.
You have heard that it was said, ’An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. ’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.