GOD HELPS - Galashians 4:1

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  1. Deacon

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    As many of you know I’ve been celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Version by examining phrases that were made popular in its pages.

    To celebrate today’s auspicious holiday I’ll to examine another popular phrase.

    Some have accused the modern versions of taking away from the word of God by leaving verses out.

    Curiously, this verse is missing from in the Authorized Version of the King James Bible.

    God helps those that help themselves.
    Galashians 4:1 MV


    The idea that God honors those that work hard is found in many places in the Bible.

    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
    Matthew 11:28a (AV 1873)

    The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
    2 Timothy 2:6 (AV 1873)


    The phrase is common, noted in Algernon Sydney’s 1698 article titled Discourses Concerning Government (paragraph 2)

    Modern translators corrupted the phrase: God helps them that help themselves
    as found in Ben Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1757.

    Differences probably stem from a tradition of feminist theology that considers the word “them” to be of masculine derivation.

    The Textus Receptus and the Critical text would render the Greek word translated “those” and “them” similarly.

    Other corruptions:

    "Pull yourselves up by your own bootstraps."
    “Do all that you can do and God will do the rest."

    Carpe diem

    Rob
     
  2. David Lamb

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    Rob, I think the modern versions must omit it too. I thought at first that by typing "Galshians" instead of "Galatians" you might be imitating this sort of thing:
    "God helps those who help themselves!"
    Hezekiah 6:1
    This verse, of course, is not in the Bible. Hezekiah sounds plausible enough, but is not a real book of scripture.
    But that can't be, because of your claim that the verse is in modern versions, but not in the KJV.

    "God helps those who help themselves" is not in the bible at all, at least not English translation I have read.
     
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    I don't get it. The OP is either a spoof or ???
     
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    Duh! I've just realised today's date!!!!!
     
  5. Scarlett O.

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    HA! I was getting all ready to jump on the bandwagon with you and come out swinging! I hadn't considered the date, either. ;)

    Maybe that's why I'm seeing some awfully ridiculous posts on some of the boards that I frequent! :type:

    I need a calendar on my wall.
     
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    Love the signature quote. I am gonna see what happens when I post that to facebook...:tongue3:
     
  7. Deacon

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    It didn't take you too long! I've got more where that came from.

    A friend mentioned the book of Galoshens recently and I just had to reference it, particularly on this rainy April day.

    Rob
     

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