Saturday, February 20, 2010

168: Though I Walk Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Psalms 21-25
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. - Psalm 23:4 KJV

You may have noticed I reverted to the King James Version. I've heard Psalm 23 so many times as the KJV translation that the NIV translation just doesn't sound right. All the Psalms are from David again.

Psalm 21: God is great. He kills lots of David's enemies.

Psalm 22: Starts out with "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?". Hmm, that sounds oddly familiar. Anyway, David goes back to crying and saying God doesn't ever help him. I think David needs some medication. Just about every other chapter he changes his mind about what God does and does not do for him.

Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. [KJV]
I don't know if I like this because I've heard it so much or because it's actually good. I suspect it's the former. But I get to keep my atheist card because The Raven is still better. I don't really have much to say about this.

Psalm 24: God is glorious, blah blah.

Psalm 25: David prays for God to destroy his enemies and bless him again. Does David have nothing original to say?

*News*
Apparently I've been making a mistake in going to random churches for free. I should be getting cash!

James Sabot has decided that he wants people to go to his church so bad that he's going to pay them with his own money. For selected services, he brings seven envelops. Two with $5, two with $10, two with $50, and one lucky envelope with $100. I think I should start demanding at least $5 for every church service I go to.

In all seriousness, I think this strategy is destined to fail. Nothing is going to be accomplished (that the church wants to be accomplished) by bribing people with money to go to church. I go to churches because I'm interested in learning/experiencing what a religion is like. If someone paid me to go to a service that I didn't really want to go to, I would just take the money and nap. Maybe that money would have gone to better use going to a charity.

If anyone wants to pay me to go to church. Ignore the last paragraph. Money to go to church sounds like a GREAT idea.

(via Inforum)

1 comment:

  1. With respect to the quality of the Biblical poetry, I feel the same way about the New Living Translation as you do about the NIV. My experience with Psalm 23: http://oneyearskeptic.blogspot.com/2010/01/jan-28.html

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