Never drink tea while reading Paul

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  1. tinytim

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    Oct 31, 2003
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    Good morning all...
    For the last 2 days, I have been reading Galations from the NET Bible.
    This morning, I fixed me a cup of tea, went out on my front porch to watch the sunrise, and started reading where I left off yesterday.
    Chapter 5:
    This is what I began reading:
    Galatians 5:1-10
    For freedom1 Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke2 of slavery.
    (2) Listen! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you at all!
    (3) And I testify again to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey3 the whole law.
    (4) You who are trying to be declared righteous4 by the law have been alienated5 from Christ; you have fallen away from grace!
    (5) For through the Spirit, by faith, we wait expectantly for the hope of righteousness.
    (6) For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision carries any weight — the only thing that matters is faith working through love.6
    (7) You were running well; who prevented you from obeying7 the truth?
    (8) This persuasion8 does not come from the one who calls you!
    (9) A little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise!9
    (10) I am confident10 in the Lord that you will accept no other view.11 But the one who is confusing12 you will pay the penalty,13 whoever he may be.

    Then I took a drink of tea and went back to reading verses 11 and 12:
    Galatians 5:11-12
    Now, brothers and sisters,14 if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted?15 In that case the offense of the cross16 has been removed.17
    (12) I wish those agitators18 would go so far as to19 castrate themselves!20

    And I lost my tea!!! And it was hot.... I had to change my shirt...
    What boldness of Paul!
    Can you see the sarcasm in Paul's writing here?

    You gotta love Paul!

    Then I started thinking, I had never seen that... so I looked it up in the KJV, and here is what it says...
    Galatians 5:12
    I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

    I looked up the words "cut off" in Strongs, and sure enough, the NET Bible got it right!
    From G575 and G2875; to amputate; reflexively (by irony) to mutilate (the privy parts): - cut off. Compare G2699.

    Thank you Paul for your sense of Sarcasm... It made my day!
  2. Friend of God

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    Mar 18, 2005
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    Careful there Tim. You can get the same result by spilling hot tea in your lap too. :eek:
  3. BruceB

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    Sep 3, 2004
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    Tim, like you I had never noticed the meaning of Pauls words - (sometimes in reading the Bible I think there is a meaning I don't understand, when the actual meaning is just what it says).
    Here it is in the NIV.
    12As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

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