I got a Bible app for my ipod, and I've been reading chunks of the Bible in the Amplified version.
I've always wanted to read the whole Amplified Bible. I was reading Samuel, but apparently Hebrew is pretty straightforward, because there's not much to amplify in there.
So I switched to Luke. Man, Greek must be really nuanced. I feel like I'm reading the Extended Edition, like Lord of the Rings. There's so many passages that always confused me, like this one:
Luke 8:18, KJV: Take heed therefore how ye hear: for
whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him
shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
And in the Amplified: Be careful therefore how you listen. For to him who has [spiritual
knowledge] will more be given; and from him who does not have [spiritual
knowledge], even what he thinks and guesses and supposes that he has will be taken away.
I understood that passage for the first time in my life!
But the really juicy bit came a little later. You know the bit where Jesus and the disciples get into a boat and are going across the sea of Galilee, and Jesus is asleep, and a storm comes? See what it says in the Amplified. I put the interesting bit in italics.
Luke 8: 22-25: One of those days He and His disciples got into a boat, and He said
to them, Let us go across to the other side of the lake. So they put out
But as they were sailing, He fell off to sleep. And a
whirlwind revolving from below upwards swept down on the lake, and the
boat was filling with water, and they were in great danger.
And the disciples came and woke Him, saying, Master, Master, we are perishing! And He, being thoroughly awakened, censured and blamed and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; and they ceased, and there came a calm.
He said to them, [Why are you so fearful?] Where is your faith (your
trust, your confidence in Me--in My veracity and My integrity)? And they
were seized with alarm and profound and reverent dread, and they
marveled, saying to one another, Who then is this, that He commands even
wind and sea, and they obey Him?
You know what kind of whirlwind happens over water and revolves from below and upwards?
So it wasn't just a storm that was swamping their boat. It was a freaking waterspout! No wonder the disciples were terrified! And then Jesus rebuked it and it went away.
I just thought that was awesome and had to share it with somebody.