Rating: 3.5 Stars
In the meantime, a short review for a short book.
At the 1604 Hampton Court Conference, James I, the first king of both England and Scotland, was persuaded that a new Bible translation was needed and ordered work to begin. Little did he know that this new Bible’s influence would be felt around the world. Today, the King James Version is viewed as a cornerstone of the church, Western culture, and the development of the English language. To celebrate the KJV’s 400th anniversary and the tenth anniversary of The Message, this parallel Bible presents the book of Proverbs in both versions. Read the verses both ways to appreciate the language of James I’s court and the contemporary speech of today.
Its a really cool idea to have a 400 year anniversary version and I was totally interested in getting my hands on something where on each page I could read very old text and very new.
For those of you not aware, the King James Version (KJV) and The Message (MSG) have a night and day relationship.
Generally, MSG is seen a a "dumbed down" copy of other translations and the KJV is "word for word translation" from the Greek and Hebrew texts.
**There are errors in MSG Bibles and please search and circle those verses that are not right. For example you cant say that 4000 men is 4000 people because 4000 men inplies that there were at least 7000 more women and children which in the translation are totally not even counted. And I'm pretty sure that women and children are peoples too.
A (made up) verse in the KJV might read: Jesus said "Thou art a sinner. I have cometh for thou to repent so fail not to watch the hour"
The same verse in MSG might read: Jesus said "Homies, you've sure messed up this time. And that's why I'm here, got it man? I'm gonna save the day and if my guess is right, you wont even notice. And wouldnt that backfire!
For example, in Proverbs 19:3 (a legit verse) ---
KJV says: The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.
MSG says: People ruin their lives by their own stupidity, so why does God always get blamed?
It is definitely interesting to read each. I prefer the KJV because I know its the real deal but the MSG seems conversational and that can be cool too.
Here is Proverbs 22: 22-25 in both texts:
22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
23 For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
22-23 Don’t walk on the poor just because they’re poor,
and don’t use your position to crush the weak,
Because God will come to their defense;
the life you took, he’ll take from you and give back to them.
24-25 Don’t hang out with angry people;
don’t keep company with hotheads.
Bad temper is contagious— don’t get infected.
Still, its important to say that I'm not feeling that I'll just pick this up everyday and that knocks it down a peg or two: If it was a New Testament, it would be cool to carry KJV which I would like *and* be able to share the gospel with others the Bible in the MSG...
(Ive been in multiple cases where I try to share a pretty tiny full KJV which I carry and people get really confused.)
I'm pretty sure the book of Proverbs wont do that and that leaves me wondering if this was a last minute thing thrown together (after all, all the words were already there waiting to be thrown in the book) and I'm confused why its just Proverbs.
The book of Proverbs is good if you need a pick me up, definitely, but so much of it is like the above "Be a good person" and "People are watching so please dont make a fool of who you stand for" and I feel this book would be better had it been something with Jesus front and center.
As we wait for a New Testament parallel, if you want to pick up a copy on Amazon, go right on ahead: