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Publisher:  Lulu ISBN-10:  0557163064 Type: 


Copyright:  February 28, 2010 ISBN-13:  9780557163069

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84 Psalms, newly translated from the Greek Old Testament, are featured in this inspiring book.

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How many Psalms are there in the Bible? Nobody knows. Psalms are scattered all through the Old Testament, but this new translation is concerned only with the Psalms in the Biblical book of that title. Even here, however, the actual number is uncertain. Some Psalms have been duplicated, some have been joined together, others split apart. Most Bibles number the Psalms from 1 to 150. Which numbers correspond to which Psalms, however, differs from Protestant to Catholic and Orthodox versions.

For easy reference, both numbers are used in this book. Disregarding duplications and material that fails to qualify as either powerful or praiseworthy, 84 uplifting Psalms are given new life and meaning in this inspired and inspiring translation from the ancient Greek Old Testament, the Septuagint.

Neither the original meaning nor the poetry is lost or diluted, for each selected Psalm is rendered in both a literal translation and a more poetic paraphrase.

The book is thus divided into two sections. In the First Section, we find a literal English translation from the Greek Septuagint Bible. In Section Two, however, the aim has been to write a more poetic paraphrase. The Psalms are poems after all!

Actually, there is very little difference between the literal translation and the paraphrase. I remember one of my pastors sneering at "The Living New Testament", because it was "only a paraphrase!"

In actual fact, a paraphrase can be more accurate and more inspiring than a literal translation. Here's one way to discover this truth for yourself!


Psalm 22 [23]. The Good Shepherd

I have everything I want and need,
because you, Lord God, look after me,
and care for me like a good shepherd.

You have led me to fields of the greenest grass,
set me down by a quiet pool,
and nourished me with restful waters.

You have restored my soul
and guided me into the paths of right-living,
not because I have earned your favor,
but because you are a God
of overwhelming goodness, kindness and mercy.

Yes, even if I should wander into a sunless valley,
into the midst of the deepest shadows of death,
I’ll have no fears that any evil will befall me,
for you, Lord God, are always with me.
Your protecting arms and guiding hands will enfold me,
comfort me, and keep me safe.

You have prepared a bountiful banquet table for me,
where all my enemies can watch in envy,
while you treat me like a king,
lavishly anointing my head with sweet-scented oil,
and cheering my heart by filling my cup to the brim
again and again with the choicest wines.

Your perpetual goodness, unfailing love, mercy and comfort
shall enfold and enrich me all the days of my life.
And then I shall dwell in your house —
the house of the Lord God — forever.

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Reader Reviews for "Bible Wisdom: PSALMS of Praise and Power"

Reviewed by John Howard Reid 9/17/2010
What exactly is a paraphrase? The Word Power Dictionary defines a paraphrase as "a rewording of a passage."

To translate, on the other hand, is defined as "to express the sense of words or text in another language."

I'm sorry, but I don't see any difference between the two. If the dictionary had described the art of translation as "to render the exact equivalent of words or phrases in another language", there would be some point to my pastor's disapproval of "The Living New Testament".

I would agree that a translation is ALWAYS A PARAPHRASE, but that a paraphrase is not always a translation.

I have attempted to illustrate this admittedly subtle difference in my new translation of "Psalms". In the first section of my book, as noted above, I provide a literal translation of each of my selected psalms. Here, for example, is the opening of the famous Psalm 22 or 23, which is exactly the same in both "translation" and "paraphrase".

"I have everything I want and need,

because you, Lord God, look after me,

and care for me like a good shepherd."

Here is the opening for Psalm 41 or 42 in my literal translation:

"As a deer longs for a stream of cool water,

so I long for you, Lord God! I thirst for you!

I ache for the living God. I beg for you!

When can I go and worship in your presence?"

And here is my paraphrase:

"As a deer longs for a stream of cool water,

so I long for you, Lord God! I thirst for you!

My mind aches for the living God. I beg for you!

When can I be free to worship in your presence?"

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