Here’s the quotes of the week. Sorry if I get a bit rambling or incoherent… I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed.
Psalm 8 TTT:
To the bandleader—For “Gittith”—A psalm of David
Lord, our Lord, how great is your name in all the earth, you who have placed your glory upon the heavens! From the mouth of babies and nurselings you have founded power because of my adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and avenger.
For when I look upon the heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and stars which you have founded, what is a person, that you will remember him, or a son of man, that you visit him? You have made him little less than God, crowned him in glory and honor, given him power over the works of your hands, placed them all under his feet; all sheep and oxen, and furthermore all the animals in the field; birds of the sky and fish of the sea, whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord, how great is your name in all the earth!
More on this later, as the citation is referenced in the next citation.
Hebrews 1.1-4, 2.5-12 TTT:
Having many times, many ways, spoken to us through the prophets, God, in these last days, has spoken to us through his son, whom he set in place as the heir of all things, by whom even the world itself was founded; who, being the splendor of his glory and the very reflection of his substance, and bearing up all things by the word of his power, by himself made a purgation of our sins, sat down to the right of majesty in the heights; being made far superior to the angels, having inherited himself a name more excellent than any of them. […]
For he has not subjected the angels to the earthly realm to come, of which we speak. But a certain one of them bore witness, saying, What is a man that you remember him, the son of man that you visit him? You have made him not much inferior to the angels, crowned him with glory and honor, and placed him over the works of your hands—all things thrown down under his feet. (Ps 8.4-6) For in this he subjected or threw down all things, leaving nothing which he did not subject. But we do not yet see all these things to have been subjected. But we see the one who has been made not much lower than the angels; we perceive Jesus because of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God, he would taste death for everyone. For it seemed right to him, because of whom all things are, and by whom all things are, that he lead many sons into glory, to perfect the prince of their salvation through sufferings. After all, both the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified, are all from one; for which reason he is not embarrassed to call them brothers, saying, I shall proclaim your name to my brothers; in the midst of the community I shall praise you. (Ps 22.22)
If you noticed, there’s a little difference here.
The Hebrews quote says: You have made him not much inferior to the angels (fecisti eum paululo inferiorem angelis thus Erasmus). With this reading, it has been applied to Jesus, who is often referred to as “the son of man”. This is in fact the reading which the Greek Bible has at Psalm 8.5: ηλαττωσας αυτον βραχυ τι παρ’ αγγελους. Jerome, the translator of the Vulgate, translated the Psalms both out of Greek and out of Hebrew, and when he translated from Greek, he had this reading as well: minuisti eum paulo minus ab angelis (“you have diminished him to just a little bit less than the angels”). But when translating the Hebrew he has this: minues eum paulo minus a deo (“you diminish him to just a little bit less than God”). This phrase works with the other understanding of “son of man”, “a human being”… but doesn’t work as well with the christological interpretation.
The KJV handled this by using the Greek interpretation: For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels. This is not the only place where this has been done. And checking the Hebrew text (with romanization; I cannot read Hebrew script) the word “elohim” (“God” or “gods”) is clearly visible; it would (I believe) be daft to translate this any other way.
On to the third quote.
Mark 10.2-16 TTT:
[A]nd coming to him, Pharisees questioned him: “Is it or is it not allowed for a man to divorce his wife?”, tempting him.
And he replied, saying to them, “What did Moses command you?”
And they said, “Moses permitted to writing a bill of divorce, to dismiss.”
And Jesus, replying, said to them, “To the hardness of your heart he wrote you this command. However, from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. (Gen. 1.27) Because of this a man will give up his father and mother and will cling to his wife, and the two will be in one flesh, (Gen. 2.24) so now they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, man may not separate.”
And again in the house his disciples asked him about this, and he said, “Whoever divorces his wife and takes another commits adultery against her; and if a woman should divorce her husband and marry another, she commits adultery.”
And they brought him little children, so that he might touch them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. And Jesus, seeing, became indignant, and said to them, “Let the little children come to me, do not stop them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like this little child, shall certainly not enter into it.” And when he began to take them in his arms he placed his hands upon them and blessed them.
In places, my translation of the Gospels is a bit ragged around the edges, being some of my earliest work. Certainly I intend to fix this before committing it to dead tree.
Regarding Jesus’ interpretation of a married couple as being as good as one – marriage is not something to be entered into lightly. One would want to find oneself a person with which he or she would want to spend the rest of his or her days with. These days there is too much flippant marriage, and as a consequence, flippant divorce; this should not be, should never have been. I will be 33 years old in a few months and have still not found that someone; but in the meantime, I haven’t rushed into tying the knot either, which is (I think) for the better. Take your time, and you’ll make better choices. (Not saying I wouldn’t like to have tied the knot 10 years ago, but…)
receive the kingdom of God like this little child. Children have quite open minds; again, sanity check, and keep an open mind, but don’t let your brain fall out! But keep an open mind, and don’t close yourself to a different understanding, if one should come along.