On Bible Translation Styles
A debate arose in the early New Covenant Church in Norway over which Bible translations were the best. The following revelation stresses the importance of the substance of revelation over particular styles. Jacobean English was the style used by the King James translators. Riksmål and Bokmål are an older Danish and a more modern Norwegian style. A parallel with prayer life [Oppsal, Oslo, Norway].
1. It mattereth not whether My servants write the Word of God in modern or ancient language, for words are but the vessel of the substance; and the substance changeth not, but the words of men change1.
2. It is a carnal mind which supposeth that old Jacobean English is holy but that modern English is not -- or that Riksmål is holier than Bokmål2 -- for I, the Lord, speak unto men and women in all ages in their own language, in great languages and lesser languages, for the substance is the same3.
3. Know ye not that much of what ye call the New Testament was written in the language of the common people, even that which is called koine Greek?
4. Let every man be satisfied with the language he useth to express the Word of the Lord and not impose his carnal thoughts on others, making them offend- ers because of an accent or a dialect.
5. Thou shalt have regard for the substance and not the vessel, even as I, the Lord, have told you aforetimes.
Simplicity in Prayer Desirable
6. Many of you judge too harshly and suppose also that ye must pray in an ancient language [or dialect] to honour Me;
7. But doth the God of Heaven condemn little children because of the simplicity of their words?
8. Nay, for it is written that such are of the Kingdom of Heaven (Mt.19:14).
9. Therefore let all men and women pray4 in simplicity of heart and words,not multiplying words unto vain repetition;
10. Neither make your prayers into sermons for others, nor choose flowery words that ye may impress others (Mt.6: 5).
11. For such a one mocketh God and shall not stand in the House of the Firstborn.
12 Thou shalt deal mercifully with thy brethren and not criticise on account of thy carnality, but search thy heart and be true unto the Light, even Jesus Christ. Amen.
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