Saturday, March 06, 2021

Goodspeed: the translator's ideal

Saturday, March 6, 2021
Meditation:
    Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
    “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
    —Acts 8:30-31 (NIV)
Quotation:
    The modern translator must be a close student, not only of Greek, but of the art of English translation... In every sentence he must recognize a new problem, for it must be rendered not only for itself but in such a way that its relation to the context is maintained. The best translation is ... one that makes the reader forget that it is a translation at all.
    ... Edgar J. Goodspeed (1871-1962), Problems of New Testament Translation, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1945, p. 8 (see the book)
    See also Acts 8:30-31; Ps. 25:8-9; Matt. 15:10; Luke 24:44-45; John 5:39; Rom. 10:14; 1 Cor. 14:19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may Your word reach all with hearts to know You.
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Friday, March 05, 2021

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Hoskyns: the beam in our eye

Friday, March 5, 2021
Meditation:
    [Jesus:] “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
    —Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)
Quotation:
    If we are to rid ourselves of pseudo-religion and of an irreligion that is equally spurious, it must be done with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Our Lord bids His disciples pull out first the beam that is in their own eyes. Only then shall we be able to see clearly the tiny splinters which have gotten into the eyes of the poor whom we are called to serve.
    ... Sir Edwyn C. Hoskyns (1884-1937), We are the Pharisees, London: SPCK, 1960, p. 8 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 7:3-5; Luke 6:41-42; Gal. 2:10; Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, remove my hypocrisy.
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Thursday, March 04, 2021

Goulburn: the lamp of consciousness

Thursday, March 4, 2021
    Commemoration of Felix, Bishop, Apostle to the East Angles, 647
Meditation:
    The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
    —Romans 8:6-7 (NIV)
Quotation:
    God, though present everywhere, has His special residence, as being a pure Spirit, in our minds. “In Him we live, and move, and have our being.” He is somewhere in the recesses of our soul, in the springs of our existence, in that mysterious, dark, cavernous region of our nature where the wishes, feelings, thoughts, emotions take their earliest rise... The mind is a sanctuary, in the center of which the Lord sits enthroned, the lamp of the consciousness burning before Him.
    ... Edward Meyrick Goulburn (1818-1897), Thoughts on personal religion, Rivingtons, 1871, p. 257-258 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:6-7; Job 12:10; John 11:25; Acts 17:24-28; Rev. 5:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, cleanse my mind that it may be Your temple.
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Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Singh: the limitless patience

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Meditation:
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger,
    abounding in love and faithfulness.
    —Psalm 86:15 (NIV)
Quotation:
    [God’s] patience is infinite. Men, like small kettles, boil quickly with wrath at the least wrong. Not so God. If God were as wrathful, the world would have been a heap of ruins long ago.
    ... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), Reality and Religion: meditations on God, man, and nature, London: Macmillan, 1924, p. 24 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 86:15; Ex. 34:6-7; Ps. 103:8-10; Isa. 49:15; Luke 20:9-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a patient mind and heart.
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Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Shedd: the invisible God

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
    Feast of Chad, Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672
Meditation:
    No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
    —John 1:18 (NASB)
Quotation:
    Man, here below, lives so entirely among sensible things, and meditates so little upon spiritual objects, that he comes to look upon that which is spiritual as unreal, and upon material things as the only realities. For most men, houses, and lands, and gold are more real than God and the soul. The former address the five senses, whereas “no man hath seen God at any time,” and the soul is not apprehensible by any sensuous organ. Yet the invisible God is more real than any other being, for he is the cause and ground of all other existence. It was an invisible Mind that made the material chaos from nothing, and brooded over it, and formed it into an orderly and beautiful cosmos. The invisible is more firmly substantial than the visible.
    ... W. G. T. Shedd (1820-1894), Sermons to the Spiritual Man, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1884, p. 177-178 (see the book)
    See also John 1:18; Gen. 1:2; John 14:2; Rom. 1:20; Col. 1:15; 1 John 4:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, by faith we see the invisible truth.
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Monday, March 01, 2021

Brunner: nothing for us

Monday, March 1, 2021
    Feast of David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, c.601
Meditation:
    Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
    —Romans 6:8-10 (NIV)
Quotation:
    The death of Jesus Christ is for us nothing if we have not died with him; the resurrection of our Lord is for us nothing if we have not been raised with him.
    ... Emil Brunner (1889-1966), I Believe in the Living God: sermons on the Apostles’ Creed, Westminster Press, 1960, p. 103 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 6:3-10; Ps. 16:9-11; John 14:19; 2 Cor. 4:10-11; 2 Tim. 2:11-12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I cannot live any more for sin.
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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Tillotson: trusting God for the result

Sunday, February 28, 2021
Meditation:
    We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.
    —Hebrews 3:14 (NIV)
Quotation:
    We distrust the providence of God, when, after we have used all our best endeavours, and begged His blessing upon them, we torment ourselves about the issue and event of things.
    ... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. V, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon LXXXIX, p. 77 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 3:14; Luke 12:6-7,15; Rom. 8:28
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have made constant provision for Your church.
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