Today’s Bible Verse

July 30th, 2017

And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (KJV)

Luke 21:11 from the 3rd edition of the New Japanese Bible.

大地震があり、方々に疫病やききんが起こり、恐ろしいことや天からのすさまじい前兆が現われます。(ルカの福音書21章11節)

だいじしんがあり、かたがたにえきびょうやききんがおこり、おそろしいことやてんからのすさまじいぜんちょうがあわれます。(るかのふくいんしょ21しょう11せつ)

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新共同訳:

恐ろしい現象や著しい徴が天に現れる。(おそろしいげんしょうやいちじるしいしるしがてんにあらわれる)

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JLB:

恐ろしい異変が天に現れます。(おそろしいいへんがてんにあらわれます)

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Acts 2:43 = wonders and signs = 不思議(ふしぎ)・しるし

I like shirushi best for describing signs. Zenchou is more like an “omen,” which is pretty much used negatively, even though the dictionary definition doesn’t necessarily say it’s negative.

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Adjectives for “Signs:”

すさまじい(凄まじい)uses the same kanji for sugoi (凄い). “terrific,” “tremendous,” “fierce”
すさまじい前兆 = tremendous signs = great signs

いちじるしい(著しい)is more neutral sounding. “striking,” “considerable”, “significant”
著しい徴 = considerable signs = great signs

important signs = 重要な(じゅうような)しるし

great (as in big) signs = 大きな(おおきな)しるし


July 29th, 2017

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (KJV)

Habakkuk 3:18 from the 3rd edition of the New Japanese Bible.

しかし、私は主にあって喜び勇み、私の救いの神にあって喜ぼう。(ハバクク書3章18節)

しかし、わたしはしゅにあってよろこびいさみ、わたしのすくいのかみにあってよろこぼう。(はばくくしょ3しょう18せつ)

It always amazes me how Japanese can take an awesome sounding name like Habakkuk and turn it into “Haba Kookoo.” *sigh*

勇む(いさむ)means to be in high spirits. It also carries the connotations of being encouraged or cheering somebody up. I have never heard this used in conversation, so I’m assuming it’s more poetic considering the Daijisen dictionary definitions for slots 2 and 3 use poetry.

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新共同訳:

神にあって喜ぼう(rejoice in God) = 神のゆえに踊る (Because of God, I dance???)

喜び勇み = 喜び



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