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Verse by verse or paragraph

Discussion in 'Bible Versions & Translations' started by jeben, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. jeben

    jeben Member

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    Which do you prefer verse by verse or paragraph ? I have a really hard time with the paragraph bibles just can't seem to find my place when looking for the verse number! I don't mind the paragraph bible if I 'am just reading but for study or following along with someone I just seem to get lost.
     
  2. Rippon

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    Paragraphs absolutely. It shows the context so much better rather the artificial segmenting of individual verse units. The latter may be ideally suited for Proverbs,but not the rest of the canon.
     
  3. preacher4truth

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    Paragraphical for personal study, verse by verse for preaching.
     
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    I prefer paragraph.
     
  5. Baptist4life

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    Verse by verse! Hate "paragraphs". Just my personal preference however. NOTHING wrong with paragraphs if you like that, although, it does seem to make finding verses much harder. I might use a paragraph Bible if they'd make the verse numbers larger and easier to find. I'm just an older person who is used to verse by verse, set in my ways. :laugh:
     
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    Since verse divisions have no grammatical purpose and no rhyme or reason for their divisions. Paragraphs. You would think that versification would at least not divide a sentence up. Lots of "verse" proof texts would have never appeared if some one hadn't done them. They definitely do not rightly divide the word of truth.
     
  7. Mexdeaf

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    This is so true. I like how some of the newer translations actually bump the endings of some chapters to the beginning of the next chapter. It makes the continuity of thought much clearer.
     
  8. Rippon

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    Verses are still numbered in translations which use paragraphs.

    You called yourself an older person years ago. Some of your "set ways" need amending perhaps.
     
  9. Rippon

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    I agree. It was said that the reason for the chapter divisions were that the person doing it was on horseback --kind of a herky-jerky thing.
     
  10. Rippon

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    You are right on target.
     
  11. SovereignMercy

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    I heard it was an ass... for the KJVer's out there. ;)
     
  12. Baptist4life

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    I know that. Perhaps you missed this part of my post:


    Which would only make me even older now. Or do you count backwards? :laugh:

    Maybe it's just your attitude that needs amending. :smilewinkgrin:
     
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  13. Squire Robertsson

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    What needs to be remembered is Sripture texts didn't have verse numbers until the Middle Ages neither were they divided into paragraphs or even sentences with periods.
     
  14. Rippon

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    Nor were they divided into chapters. But I'm sure the Lord is not displeased by our classification --at least of the larger units. However, to micro-manage small segments and somehow arrive at an understanding of biblical truth aside from the contextual data is impractical. I think the praise for separate indentation of individual verses leads to a focus on a word-to-word focus which is certainly not the intention of the original authors nor of the ultimate Author Himself.
     
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