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Aug 26, 2017

Welcome to this podcast number 5 in the NE series of the Daily Bible Reading Podcast.

The whole purpose of these podcasts is to promote the reading, understanding, and fully believing of God’s Word. The NE series podcasts are for reading the New English Translation. I plan to talk more about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different kinds of Bible translations in the companion Comments issue for this number 5 podcast. You can find information about the two other Bible translations I have recorded at dailybiblereading.info in a blog post entitled More about Bible translations, and linked in today’s episode notes.

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Because of my Bible translation experience, there are things that I want to tweak in any translation. Listeners to the podcasts from twenty14-16 have not accused me so far of making controversial changes or of being doctrinally biased. The little tweaks I make to the GNT/NLT are intended to help listeners understand the meaning contained in the Biblical source languages, and they are documented at the bottom of the episode notes.

The Scripture texts quoted are from the NET Bible®, which can be found at http://netbible.org. The copyright© dates are from 1996 to 2016, and the NET text is used by permission of Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C.  All rights reserved.

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GENESIS 9-10:
In chapter 8 the flood waters receded. After everyone came out of the boat, Noah made a sacrifice.

JOB 5:
In chapter 4 Eliphaz implied that Job’s guilt was the reason he was being punished:

Job 4:6 NLT How come//Doesn’t] your reverence for God [doesn't/0] give you confidence?
[Perhaps you place too much confidence in your own integrity.//Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?]

Job 4:6 NET Is not your piety your confidence, and your blameless ways your hope?

7 Call to mind now:
Who, being innocent, ever perished?
And where were upright people ever destroyed?

8 Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity
and those who sow trouble reap the same.

MARK 4a:
In chapter 3 we have seen that opposition to Jesus was mounting from the Jewish religious leaders. They were already plotting to kill him and saying he performed miracles by the power of Satan.

I want to comment briefly about the sin of blaspheming or reviling the Holy Spirit that we heard about at the end of chapter 3. Some people worry about whether they have done this and committed the unforgivable sin. Note the context here. The experts in the Law were saying the Jesus was working by the power of _Satan_. But Jesus was working by the power of the _Holy Spirit_. A person in a frame of mind like those Law experts will never repent. It is actually that non-repentance that brings the result of not being forgiven. So I want you to know this: If you worry about whether in some past time you have blasphemed the Holy Spirit, then you haven’t! If you are the kind of person who feels sorrow for sins already committed and are ready to repent on the occasions where you trip up and commit a sin, then you have never blasphemed the Holy Spirit, nor are you likely to ever do so.

NET translation notes:

Genesis 9:5 [If you are killed,] For your lifeblood I will surely exact punishment, from every living creature I will exact punishment. From each person [who commits murder] I will exact punishment for the life of the individual since the [person killed//man was [his/her] relative.

[I can’t believe that this lack of gender sensitivity got past the correctness editors!]

Genesis 10:5 [NLT Their descendants became the seafaring peoples that spread out to various lands, each identified by its own language, clan, and national identity.//NET From these the coastlands of the nations were separated into their lands, every one according to its language, according to their families, by their nations.]

Genesis 10:15 NET Canaan was the father of Sidon his firstborn, [then] Heth,

Gen. 10:20 [NLT These were the descendants of Ham, identified by clan, language, territory, and national identity.

// NET These are the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, and by their nations.

31 [NLT These were the descendants of Shem, identified by clan, language, territory, and national identity.//NET These are the sons of Shem according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, and according to their nations.]

32 [NLT These are the clans that descended from Noah’s sons, arranged by nation according to their lines of descent. All the nations of the earth descended from these clans after the great flood.// NET These are the families of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, by their nations, and from these the nations spread over the earth after the flood]

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Job 5:1 NET “Call now! Is there anyone who will answer you? To which of the holy [heavenly beings//ones] will you turn?

2 For wrath kills the foolish person, and anger slays the [stupid//silly] one.

3 I myself have seen [a//the] fool taking root, but [I called a curse down upon his household, saying,.//suddenly I cursed his place of residence.]

4 [“May his children always lack security. May no one defend them when they are brought to trial, and may they receive all the punishment they deserve.//His children are far from safety, and they are crushed at the place where judgment is rendered, nor is there anyone to deliver them.]

5 [May hungry people eat up that foolish man’s harvest, even plucking every last grain from among the thorns. And may thirsty people swallow up all all his ill-gotten wealth.”//The hungry eat up his harvest, and take it even from behind the thorns, and the thirsty swallow up their fortune.]

11 he sets the lowly on high, [so] that those who mourn are raised to safety.

15 [But God saves the poor and helpless from the cutting words of the powerful.//So he saves from the sword that comes from their mouth, even the poor from the hand of the powerful.

16 [So at last the poor and helpless find their hopes fulfilled, while evil people are silenced.//Thus the poor have hope, and iniquity shuts its mouth.]

21 You will be protected from malicious gossip, and will not be afraid of [the] destruction when it comes.

23 [God’s blessing will extend even to not being bothered by large stones in your fields or by wild animals attacking your flocks.//For you will have a pact with the stones of the field, and the wild animals will be at peace with you.]

24 And you will know that your home  will be secure, and when you inspect [all that you own//your domains], [you won’t find that things are missing.//you will not be missing anything.]

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Mark 4:5‬ NET Other seed fell on rocky ground where it did not have much soil. [It produced sprouts that quickly became visible,//It sprang up at once] because the soil was not deep.

6  When the sun came up [the sprouts were//it was] scorched, and because [they hadn’t really taken root//it did not have sufficient root], [they//it] withered.
[Seed in Greek and English is a collective singular noun. Like ‘sand’ we speak of it as a singular thing, but it is made up of many grains. When singular seed turns into many plants, English speakers start using plural forms to refer to ‘it’.]

7 Other seed fell among [thorny plants//the thorns], and [the thorn plants//they] grew up and choked [the little wheat shoots so that they//it, and it] did not produce grain.

8 But other seed fell on good soil and produced grain, sprouting and growing; some [single stalks] yielded 30, 60, or even 100 grains of wheat.//thirty times as much, some sixty, and some a hundred times.]”

9 And he said, “[If you have//Whoever has] ears to hear [with, you] had better listen!”

11 He said to them, “The secret[s] of the kingdom of God [have//has] been given to you. But to those outside, [I will teach] everything [in the form of//is in] parables,
[Even though the word 'mystery' is singular in Greek, it is more natural in English to use plural 'secrets'. One mystery can contain many secrets. Jesus is opening the possibility of his disciples understanding many things that were previously unrevealed to mankind. He is not saying he has given them just one secret.]

12 so that [(just as God said through the prophet Isaiah)// [“Even though they see many amazing things, they won’t understand what is really happening.
And even though they hear many amazing things, they won’t catch on.
What a pity they won’t repent, because then I would forgive them!”
//NET although they look they may look [and look] but not see, and although they [keep on listening, they won’t understand//hear they may hear but not understand], so they may not repent and be forgiven . ”
13 He said to them, [“How could you fail to understand the meaning of that parable? If so, you will be hopeless at understanding all my other parables!”//“Don’t you understand this parable? Then how will you understand any parable?]
[Jesus is using two rhetorical questions as a mild rebuke.]

14 The sower sows [God’s message//the word].

15 [Remember that some of the seed fell on the path. That seed pictures people who hear the message, but// These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: Whenever they hear,] immediately Satan comes and snatches away the word that was sown in them.]

16 [Remember that some of the seed fell//These are the ones sown] on rocky ground: [This pictures people who— the moment//As soon as] they hear the word, they receive it with joy.

17 But they have no root in themselves and do not endure. Then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the [message//word], immediately they fall away.

18 [Some other seeds fell//Others are the ones sown] among thorny plants: [This pictures people who hear the message//They are those who hear the word,]

19 but worldly cares, the seductiveness of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke [out the message//the word], and [that the message doesn’t help them at all.//produces nothing.]

20 But [remember the seed that was//these are the ones]  sown on good soil: [That pictures people who//They] hear the [message//word] and receive it[,] and bear fruit[.//,] [Some people are like single stalks that produce 30, 60, or even 100 grains of wheat.//one thirty times as much, one sixty, and one a hundred.”

21 He also said to them, “A [lighted] lamp isn’t brought [out] to be put under a basket or under a bed, is it? [We always put lamps on lampstands!//Isn’t it to be placed on a lampstand?]

22 [Similarly//For] nothing is hidden [now] except to be revealed, [NLT and every secret will be brought to light.//and nothing concealed except to be brought to light.]

[Greek has a 'gar' connector here which is often translated as 'for'. But 22 is not a REASON for 21, but instead is showing the point of similarity with 21.]

23 [If you have//Whoever has] ears to hear [with, you] had better listen!”

24 [PET Then Jesus said to them again, “Each of you must save the things I’m teaching you in your hearts. Because however much you endeavor to understand My teaching, in the same measure also God will  add to your ability to understand it. In fact, He’ll add even more insight.//And he said to them, “Take care about what you hear. The measure you use will be the measure you receive, and more will be added to you.]