JUST FOR FUN, I’m going to pitch you some Bible verses that make me smile.
Sometimes it’s the message. Sometimes the delivery. On occasion, it’s both – the double dip.
In my spare time, I paraphrase the Bible. It’s a Bible-study technique I’m experimenting with. It’s really fun. I absolutely enjoy it.
I work one verse at a time, usually. I start by reading the verse in a bunch of Bible translations. Then I read some notes about the verse. By then, I’ve got the message in my head. It’s just a matter of getting it out.
I deliver the message in my own words. It’s the voice I use when I write, and the voice I use when I talk – they are pretty much the same.
Here are some of the verses I paraphrased that make me smile. For various reasons.
“Ishmael will be a wild child. He’ll grow up to be like a stubborn jackass that won’t budge for anyone unless he wants to. He’ll get on the bad side of everyone, and everyone will get on the bad side of him. That includes his relatives.”
Genesis 16:12, Steve’s Bible Translation; see also NRSV
My gut reaction: I understand. I have a relative like that, though I would never call that person a jackass. I would think it.
If you build a fire in your pants, what makes you think you won’t get burned?
Proverbs 6:27, Steve’s Bible Translation; see also NLT
My gut reaction: May God help guys everywhere to keep the matches at home.
A soft-spoken answer can defuse an explosive soul,
But a loudmouth will push their button.
Proverbs 15:1, Steve’s Bible Translation; see also NLT
My gut reaction: Now you tell me.
“If someone doesn’t want you around them, leave. Shake the dirt off your feet or whatever it takes to let them know you’re happy to give them their space and the dirt that comes with it.”
Matthew 10:14, Steve’s Bible Translation; see also the Voice
My gut reaction: Nice counterpoint to “Turn the other cheek.” Watch these cheeks walk out the door.
“Lord, don’t do that,” Martha says. “He’s been dead four days. He’s going to stink to high heaven.”
John 11:39, Steve’s Bible Translation; see also NLT
My gut reaction: Why would anyone name their daughter Martha?
Smiling yet? Come on, it’s Friday.