Walking in the new year

Today appears to be slower than yesterday. Christmas hangover? The new Daily Nudge, just posted for the Fellows, asks what the new year holds. They can take it personally, for the church or for their area — be it city or country. However they want to take it will still make it an interesting discussion.

From hangovers to leftovers … the Christmas leftovers are as good as they were yesterday. Sometimes leftovers are even better, like my wife’s sweet and sour carrots, after the flavors are allowed to blend.

Have been working on 1 Thes. 4:1-12. Some very interesting structural items in that pericope, like the word “walk” appearing, an inclusio no doubt, in verses 1 and 12. But there’s much more. I’m disappointed that most versions don’t translate the walk metaphor literally, I who tend to prefer the thought translation. Often, the versions are inconsistent, translating it as walk in one verse and as “live” or some other such bland idea in the other.

It was interesting that the Portuguese NVI translated it as “live” (well, actually, as viver) in verse 1 and as “walk” (andar; you get the idea) in verse 12. Even the supposedly literal NASB does this, but puts “walk” in v. 1 and “behave” in v. 12. Of course, there is no such thing as a literal version … I’ve worked that one over before.

Let’s do a survey, but with not much possibility for formatting, here goes: version, v. 1, v. 12:

ESV, live, live
NET, live, live
NIV, live, daily life
NRSV, live, behave
NASB, walk, behave
HCSB, walk, walk
NKJV, walk, walk

Maybe I need to give the HCSB a look, have been afraid of it as a Baptist translation. Anyway, “live” or “behave” or similar translations are perfectly acceptable, but it seems that walk as a metaphor is so common, it shouldn’t be a problem to retain it. Not to mention that it’s a fairly strong theme in the Bible as well.

You may think all this pointless, but I hope to translate a little item later for my website that will show there’s a reason behind the details.

And for all that, the idea of walking is a very good one as we think of the new year. How are you going to walk?

#1-thessalonians, #conduct, #structural-analysis, #walk