May 27th, 2007


1 Corinthians 13 - the mckenzee interpretation

We asked my sister, the nurse and seminary graduate, to read something at the wedding. She choose 1 Corinthians 13. The only problem is that we are doing an 18th century service and the traditonal King James Version translates agape as charity instead of love. (She did offer to read it from her Greek bible).

Instead, I tracked down the Young's Literal Translation from 1898 as well as doing a machine translation of "Het Boek", the Dutch bible. I like using machine translation to find interesting phrasing of familiar passages. I also checked out some French, Portuguese and other versions of the chapter. Here is the result.

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak with the tongues of humans or of angels, but have not Love, I am but a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal; and if I have the gift of prophecy, and can fathom all mysteries, all secrets, and all knowledge, and though I have faith such as would move the mountains, but have not Love, I am nothing; if I sacrifice all that I possess and surrender my body to the flames, but have not Love, it would profit me naught.

Love is patient, Love is kind, Love is not envious, Love is not pompous, Love is not proud, Love does not act unseemly, Love is not self-seeking, Love is not quick to temper, Love bears no grudge. Love rejoices not in unrighteousness, but delights in truth;

On every occasion, Love forgives, Love believes, Love hopes, and Love endures all things.

An end will never come to Love; but where there be prophecies, they shall fail; where there be tongues, they shall still; where there be knowledge, it shall be brought to nothing; for now we know in part and our prophecy is incomplete; but when all becomes wholly known, that which is partial shall become useless.

It was thus when I was young; I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child, but when I became an adult, I put aside childish things,

Now, I may see through a glass, darkly, but the day will come when I shall see everything clearly; everything I know is partial, but then I shall know everything fully, as I am fully known.

And these three values will remain: Faith, Hope, and Love; and the greatest of these is Love.

la_sherazade and my sister both gave it a stamp of approval, but I'd love to hear the opinions of those of you who are familiar with the bible.
flemco, flameswithin, just bite your tongues.
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