Sunday, 28 July 2013

The pearl of great *value* - what I hate about modern Biblical translations in a single word


Matthew 13:45-46  Authorized (King James) Version

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.


In many of the most commonly used recent translations The Pearl of Great Price - a phrase that had entered the English language in a proverbial way - is rendered the pearl of great value

Now, that kind of thing I regard as sheer demonic vandalism - destruction for its own sake - a gratuitous, worthless, tin-eared, anti-poetic, anti-English, anti-Good microcosm of much that is worst about modernity and which wants to and will bring everything down around our ears.

Great value is not trivial - not at all; but symptomatic of an evil soul.