Day 63: Sunday Indoors

Sorry, more of an outline today. I was busy translating and reading Greek.

I found a recipe on the cornmeal box for Tamale Pie. I made that today for dinner. It is not bad; a comfort food from someone’s grandma I suspect.

Lunch for me was the last can of Chunky Chicken Noodle from Cambell’s. It is of note as the last of the emergency purchases of soup.

I also made cornbread muffins today from Famous Dave’s mix. It is the new go-to for cornbread muffins. Susie approves!

I attended online worship and the group meetings with Rev. Ann Weld-Martin and later at 2PM with Joan Goldhamer, including Susie this time. Susie and I also watched the on-line church service before that with Dondrea giving the sermon.

The scripture got my attention as I was surprised by the variations of translation I heard. Having learned enough Greek to be able to translate it myself, I went back to the Greek and also the old English versions (I keep quite a few old versions on my shelf as I do not trust the Internet with religious texts).

Romans 5:2-5 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

through whom we have obtained access[a] to this grace in which we stand; and we[b] boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we[c]also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

I decided to translate this section:

 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

The text according to Wild (reading Greek and acknowledging the other translations):

and events happen4, and we are tested, and tests produce hope.

I don’t get to try out my Greek very often! It takes me hours to do just a few words. It is not very poetic, but it fits with the Greek I think.

On the translation, to keep to the original the one word must repeat, in my version, I use “test” while the NRSV went with “character” twice.

I spent much of the day cooking and cleaning and working in Greek. I just could not let it go until I understood every word in Greek and why it was translated the way it was.

Sorry this might not be that interesting–but it was a day to be a scholar for me. I do not get to do that often!

The reports for today have over eight-hundred Americans die from the virus. The infection rate is now increasing. I had to search the Methodist Hymnal for this one and then found it online: Blest Be The Tie That Binds.


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