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Modern English Version Part 2

Part 1 here

The MEV (Modern English Version) has its own website, and provided some examples of its translations compared to the King James Bible to show how good the MEV translations are.

Strangers

"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia," 1 Peter 1 KJV
"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the refugees scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia," 1 Peter 1 MEV

Strangers is the correct translation.  Strangers is from the word parepidēmos, which means,
I. one who comes from a foreign country into a city or land to reside there by the side of the natives

II. a stranger
Anyone can come from a foreign county to reside, for any reason.  Calling such a person a refugee is clearly a politically motivated statement, and does not represent the word of God correctly. MEV - Translation fail.

Secrets

"I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need." Philippians 4:12 KJV
"I know both how to face humble circumstances and how to have abundance. Everywhere and in all things I have learned the secret, both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need." Philippians 4:12 MEV
Instructed is the correct word.  There are no secrets in the teachings of Jesus, because God is the light and it is the light that shines on the darkness, exposing the darkness.  Only darkness has to be in secret.  The only time that things are unclear are to those who do not believe, ie are not saved by Jesus, because the Holy Spirit teaches us the truth. Jesus told us Himself that he taught everything in the open,
"The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine. Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing." John 18:19
The Greek word for secret is kryptos, the word myeō means to initiate, that is, to teach, to instruct, which is correctly translated in the KJV by the word instructed.  MEV - Translation fail.

Hypocrisy & Hate

"Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." Romans 12:9 KJV
"Let love be without hypocrisy. Hate what is evil. Cleave to what is good." Romans 12:9 MEV

Dissimulation not hypocrisy is the correct word, it's from the Greek word anypokritos which means undisguised, which is the opposite of the word dissimulation, so the Bible verse means we should be open with our good will.  Hypocrisy means something different, it means to claim to have higher standards than what's really the case, which doesn't make sense.  If someone doesn't know what the word dissimulation means, then they can check a dictionary, like I do!  It's much better to have a word you have to look up, than a word which doesn't make sense at all no matter how many times you look it up.  MEV - Translation fail.

Abhor, not hate is also the correct word.  It's from the Greek word apostygeō which means to dislike, to have a horror of, which is what abhor means, to regard with disgust and hatred.  There is a difference between regarding something with disgust and hatred than there is to HATE.  Remember, we hate sin, but love the sinner.  We can regard with disgust the committing of sin, but to hate, is to remove that love.  Ironically, we are told not to be hypcritical in MEV's own translation!  Talk of being hypocritical to HATE someone sinning when we are all sinners ourselves.  MEV - Translation fail.

Jesus is Lord

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus..." John 3:16 KJV
"That if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord..." Romans 10:9 MEV
The correct translation is, confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus.  Yes, Jesus IS Lord, however, to be saved, one only has to BELIEVE on Jesus, one does not have to declare Him as Lord, He already is Lord!  Declaring Jesus as Lord is something used by people who promote Lordship Salvation, that is, it's not enough just to believe on Jesus to go to Heaven, but that you have to obey Jesus all the time by turning away from all sin.  This isn't true, you just have to believe on Jesus, recognising yourself as a guilty sinner, believing on Jesus to be saved.  Lots of people can be put off by accepting Salvation, if they're under the false impression that they have to forsake their lifestyle to accept the gift of God.  It's true that once you're saved, over time, the conviction of the Holy Spirit can and does cause changes to you as a person, but no one goes through life without sinning, even those who have been saved for decades, because the old flesh is still there, fighting against the new nature.  MEV - Translation fail.

Let me give you an example, I can declare a police officer as a police officer, I might even obey the police officer, but do I trust the police officer to follow the law fairly?  That is, someone may declare Jesus as Lord, they may even obey Him, but do they TRUST Jesus to take them to Heaven?  This is what believing in Jesus is all about; faith.   One declares the Lord Jesus.  Jesus already IS Lord, whether you declare it or not. 

Conclusion

As seen in Part 1, the MEV, although uses the Textus Receptus, changes the text to down play homosexuality because members of the ecumenical committee support homosexual marriages.  Down plays arguments against faith healing, because some on the committee are faith healers. 

In part 2 it's shown more bizarre translations, talking about refugees so excluding any stranger, encouraging secrets (which esoteric Christianity and all sorts of organisations like Freemasonry and exclusive societies promote).  Confusing teaching on love and hate, and confusing Gods plan of Salvation.

I don't have any special qualifications or diplomas or red carpets to fancy universities like the translation committee does, but I have a Bible, a dictionary, a brain and most importantly, the Holy Spirit to discern truth.

Thank you so much God.

Click here for MEV - Part 1

 

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30th July 2017

 

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