Updating the Scripture Memory
About a week ago now, I purchased a new Bible from my friends at Life Resources. It’s the first paper Bible in English (2 in Greek) that I’ve purchased in about 3 years. I decided to give the English Standard Version a try. Until I got to First Trinity, I always used the New International Version. Pastor likes the New American Standard Bible. The ESV is closer to the NASB literal–or word for word–translation style than the NIV, but promises to be more readable like the NIV.
So far, I’m enjoying it. It feels familiar and different all at the same time. I’m beginning to see why my grandparents made such a fuss about the switch from KJV to NIV while I was growing up. If I decide to switch to the ESV permanently, I’ll have to re-learn all the passages I’ve memorized, probably over the course of years. To help decide, I’m working through 1 Timothy with an eye for what Paul tells Timothy about being a leader in the church, but also in contexts of the family, among friends and in the world.
I’ll be posting my thoughts here as I go. If you’d like to follow along, you can read the ESV at Bible Gateway. As we go, feel free to share your insights in the comments. Start out by reading the entirety of 1 Timothy (6 chapters) for a big-picture view of what God would have you learn.
Update: My thoughts on the 1st chapter are up.