Bible Translations, the MEV Bible & Giveaway

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I remember sitting at my friend’s house when I was about 8 years old, looking at the new Bible she had received.

King James Version? I thought. Isn’t it just the Bible?

Of course, I had my own Bible. It was also the KJV, but I guess I never noticed the inscription on the title page. It was years until I understood why there were different versions of the Bible, and learned that there were so many! As a child, it seemed confusing to me. I knew that there was only one Word. How could there be different Bibles?

Only recently did I start using and really looking at different versions. The Bible I’ve been using personally is the New Living Translation (NLT). I’ve found that it is very easy to connect with. However, using the awesome Bible Gateway, I often like to see what other versions say for any given verse. Sometimes I do it to help me understand.

It’s kind of like when you’re playing the game Taboo (or Password) — different words, phrases, or descriptions can help you  understand. If you’ve never played Taboo, one player tries to describe a word without actually using the word and their partner must guess what the word is. Maybe one descriptor doesn’t connect with your brain when you’re guessing, but the next one might give you more information to understand.

When you’re studying the Bible, isn’t the whole point to try to understand better or gain more insight into God’s Word? That’s why I think it’s useful to look at other translations.

I’ll be candid — I do think it kind of sucks that we have to deal with translations of the Bible. But that’s just what happens when there are so many languages. I speak English, and unfortunately that’s not what the books of the Bible were originally written in. Since that’s where we’re at, I’ll go ahead and take advantage of the many versions of the Bible to try to understand God more.

The King James Version of the Bible is commonly held as the “Gold Standard.” I know that some studies require the use of it. I’m no Bible scholar in any way, shape or form, but the KJV has held up for hundreds of years. The new Modern English Version (MEV Bible) is basically the contemporary version of the KJV.

The problem I have with the KJV (and why I prefer the NLT) is that it’s older language. It’s harder to understand sometimes. It’s harder to connect with sometimes. For me, it’s also harder to memorize scripture through it.

I had the privilege of looking over the Modern English Version, and I’m really impressed. Here’s a quick example:

Hebrews 10:24

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (KJV)

And let us consider how to spur one another to love and to good works. (MEV)

The MEV is a literal translation, and is translated word-for-word rather than thought-by-thought. I don’t want to go deep into the translations and how it compares to other versions. It is very similar to the King James Version since that’s what the MEV is based on.

But it’s so much easier for me to understand the Modern English Version. It’s so much lighter and easier to read. But it doesn’t water down the scripture either.

I’m thrilled to be able to share another giveaway with you! I have FOUR copies of the SpiritLed Promise Books on Hope & Assurance ready to be sent out! They’re filled with tons of scripture, sorted by topic in the MEV translation. Really handy!

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Disclaimer: The MEV Bible and the SpiritLed Promise Books on Hope & Assurance were graciously provided to me. All opinions remain my own!

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God is Light

1 john 1:5

 

I hope you’re enjoying these little Saturday blips. Today, a quick inspiration and pick-me-up at the end of your week!

God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5

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When Christians Are Hurt: Share Your Story!

I have been hurt. You have been hurt. We’ve all been hurt. But how do you respond to hurt in a Christian way?

If you identify as a Christian, you believe in the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus. One of the verses I always associate with Jesus is this one:

Matthew 5:38-40 
“You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.  If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.”
 

I love this scripture, and try to live by it. But until recently, just focusing on this one section gave me a rather skewed image of Jesus.

During my Lent studies of Jesus, this scripture really changed that image:

Matthew 21: 12-13
 “Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”

Now, Jesus had very good reason to be turning over tables at the Temple – the sellers’ and money changers’ tables were blocking Gentiles from being able to pray.

But all too often before I delved into that scripture, I considered Jesus to be mostly meek and humble. While those characteristics are true of Jesus, He was also very strong. He stood up for what was right and justly. The verses from Matthew 21 are proof of that.

And since I receive all of my power from Jesus, that means I can be strong, too. And so can you.

Just because we are Christians, it does not mean we can’t stand up for ourselves, others, and what is right. There are good and bad ways to do it, yes, but it is possible.

If you have been hurt, you can share your story.

The truth is, I can’t create all the content for Devotional Diva. Nor do I want to! Devotional Diva should be about many women sharing their stories.

You can stand up for yourself, heal yourself from this hurt and pain, and help others in the process.

One of the reasons I fell in love with writing was the ability to create change through it. You can spread the word in a healthy and respectful way at Devotional Diva.

By sharing your story, you are helping others with the same experiences. They can relate to you. In my opinion, life is all about relationships and relating to others.

Devotional Diva will help you share your story and stand up for yourself. And as editor, I will stand up for you and your story.

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Top 10 Bible Verses About Marriage

top Bible verses about marriage Since wedding season is upon us, I decided to share my top 10 Bible verses about marriage. They aren’t actually all directly referring to marriage, but all of them are great to apply to marriage.

In no particular order:

1. Ephesians 5: 25-33

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.  
 

These verses are commandments from God about having a holy marriage. I think it’s a beautiful section describing how Jesus loved the church, using it as a metaphor for how a husband should love his wife.

2. 1 Corinthians 13:4-10

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  

 

We’ve all heard this one! A favorite for weddings, this Bible verse about marriage describes true love.

3. 1 John 4:7

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

 

This is one of my favorites. While not only about marriage, it does speak about Godly love.

4. 1 Timothy 3:12-13

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well.13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

 

I like this verse from 1 Timothy because it expresses God’s will for a Christian household.

5. Proverbs 31:10

10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

 

I think this is one of the most popular quotes from Proverbs 31, which is in itself a very popular section of the Bible! Proverbs 31:10 is one of my top 10 Bible verses about marriage because it stresses (and honors) being a noble wife – having good character, which in today’s world is especially important to retain.

6. Deuteronomy 24:5

If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.

 

I love this verse! In a fairy tale kind of way, it’s cute. And a very good idea for newlyweds.

7. Colossians 3:18-19

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

 

This is an important verse, and often misunderstood. I know for a long time I felt weird about “submitting” myself to my husband. It wasn’t until I heard Joyce Meyer speak about the subject that I began to understand what the Lord means.

It’s kind of a big topic, so I won’t go into it too deeply here, but briefly:

God doesn’t give permission for a husband to take advantage of a submissive wife. No, he directly calls husbands to love their wives and not be harsh.

Wifely submission isn’t a bad thing – it’s just respecting your husband and letting him lead (essentially).

8. Ecclesiastes 4:12

12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  

 

Okay, so this one is not directly speaking on marriage. Nonetheless, it’s beautiful applied to marriage because it represents a couple and God.

9. Ephesians 4: 2-3

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  

 

This verse from Ephesians is a good reminder for any marriage.    

10. Matthew 19: 4-6

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Ephesians 5:31

31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

Gen 2:24

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.  

 

I count this as one quote, because these three scriptures all focus on the same thing: that a husband and wife are one flesh. It must be a pretty important fact if it’s in The Bible three times, right?

 

I think if everyone made a “Top 10 Bible Verses About Marriage” post, they would all turn out differently. The Bible has a lot to say about marriage! In any case, I hope that you enjoyed mine!

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