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Behold, I stand outside the door and text September 25, 2015

Posted by P, J, or J in Uncategorized.
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I stand at the doorThe KJV reads, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock…”

The Living Bible says, “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking…

The Amplified version said it louder, “ Behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me.”

Bible Gateway gives easy access to Rev 3:20 in each of these versions plus another 50 English translations. That’s a lot of knocking. Jesus doesn’t give up. No one has found a note saying:

“sorry I missed you, tried knocking, rang the bell a few times, even stood outside and tried to get you on facebook.”

Somehow his followers just adding more and more translations doesn’t seem to help. Just coming up with better tech isn’t the whole answer either (Behold, I’m ringing the doorbell) But if you are willing to open the door you don’t want to hear:

ιδου εστηκα επι την θυραν και κρουω εαν τις ακουση της φωνης μου και ανοιξη την θυραν εισελευσομαι προς αυτον και δειπνησω μετ αυτου και αυτος μετ εμου

or

ᎬᏂᏳᏉ ᏥᏙᎦ ᎦᎶᎯᏍᏗᏱ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏂᎭ; ᎩᎶ ᎠᏛᎩᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᏥᏁᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏍᏚᎢᏍᎩᏍᏗ ᎦᎶᎯᏍᏗᏱ, ᏓᏥᏴᎵ ᎠᏯᎥᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᏓᎦᎵᏍᏓᏴᏂ ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏴᎲᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏛᎵᏍᏓᏴᏂ ᎦᎵᏍᏓᏴᎲᏍᎬᎢ.

…unless you speak Greek (as spoken in New Testament times, rather than modern Greek), or Cree (not an original language of the New Testament but very useful if you speak Cree).

Bible translation is incredibly important but there are other barriers that stop people from ‘opening the door’ and sitting down with Jesus.

And just in case you think the verse is about evangelism, it isn’t. As relevant as it may be to the need for non-Christians to let Jesus in, the verse is part of a passage written to a luke warm church that just wasn’t doing what it was supposed to.

Feel free to check it out in one of 53 English translations, or any one of the other languages that is currently available.

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