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DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT A TRANSLATED TEXT CAN BE INSPIRED?

 

 

Copyright July 28, 2005 5:53 AM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

 

 

Does the Bible teach that a translated text can be inspired?  As a matter of fact, yes.  The Old Testament, which was written in Hebrew and a little Aramaic, is quoted in the New Testament, which was written in Greek.  For example, the Apostle Paul says in Romans 15:12:

 

And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

 

The Apostle Paul is quoting Isaiah 11:10, which says:

 

And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

 

God gave his word through Isaiah.  Paul then wrote A DIVINELY INSPIRED TRANSLATION OF ISAIAH’S WORDS IN A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE; that is, ancient Greek.  There are other examples in the New Testament of this process of divinely inspired translation.  Thus, there is ample proof that a translated text can be inspired.  While we have NOT proven here that the King James Bible is inspired (see Is The King James Bible Inspired?), we have disproven the assertion of the anti KJV people that:

 

The King James Bible CANNOT be inspired because it is a translation.

 

We have, in fact, proven:

 

The King James Bible is NOT UNinspired BECAUSE it is a translation.

 

Again, see Is The King James Bible Inspired?  See also Does The Bible Teach That An Inspired Translation Has To Be A Word-For-Word Translation?