Feb 20, 2012

Listening to the King James

So far I'm nearly done with Exodus, and it is by turns tedious and astonishingly beautiful. (Well performed by Alexander Scourby, I should add.) The verse that has thus far stuck in my mind the most is from Genesis 41: 47. It's when Joseph is in Egypt and running the Pharaoh's business. Pharaoh has a dream which Joseph interprets as seven years of good harvests followed by seven years of famine. Here's how the KJV describes the good years:
And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.
Isn't that something? Compare that to the New Living Translation:
As predicted, for seven years the land produced bumper crops.
It's as written by an accountant. Blah.

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