Comments on and quotes from The TTT Translation, my updated English version of the New Testament

Daniel 12.1-3

And at that time there will arise Michael, the great prince, who stands for the sons of your people; and there shall begin a time of anguish, such as has never been among the nations until that time. And at that time, your people shall be saved, all who shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will be awoken, some into eternal life, and some into shame, that they may be always contempted. And those who were taught shall shine as the splendor of the firmament; and those who have taught many to righteousness will be like stars in everlasting eternities.

Hebrews 10.11-25

And indeed every priest attends to the holy things day by day, and offers often the very same sacrificial victims, which can never bear away sins. But he, indeed, offering a single sacrifice for sins forever, sits at God’s right, that which remains awaiting for his enemies to be given him as a stool for his feast. For by a single offering he has rendered those who shall be made holy perfect forever. For also the holy spirit itself shall bear witness to us, when it was said before,

This is the testament which I shall institute
with them after those days, —says the Lord:
I shall give my laws upon their hearts,
and upon their minds I shall inscribe them;
and their sins and iniquity
I shall no further bring to memory.

Now where there is remission of these things, there is no longer an offering for sin.

Therefore, brothers, being that we have the freedom of entering into the holy place in the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he has dedicated to us, through the veil—that is to say, by his flesh—and that we have a great priest set over the house of God, we ought to come with true heart in trueness of faith, hearts sprinkled from evil conscience, and bodies washed with pure water. We ought to grasp the confession of hope unwavering—for God, who promised, is faithful—and to consider each other that we may provoke ourselves to love and good works, not deserting the gathering together among ourselves as is the manner of some, but exhorting each other, and so much more now that you see the day approaching.

Mark 13.1-8

And as he left the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, see such stones and such buildings.”

And Jesus, answering, said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There shall not be left stone upon stone, which will not be knocked down.”

And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives from the area of the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew would question him secretly: “Tell us when these things will be? And what is the sign when all these things will be completed?”

And Jesus, answering them, began to say, “See that no one may deceive you. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘It is I’, and will deceive many. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be disturbed. For these must be, but this is not yet the end. For one nation will rise up against another nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and disturbances; these are the start of the pangs.”

3 Kings 17.8-16

(Yes, I prefer to number the Samuel books with the Books of the Kings.)

So the word of the Lord came to [Elijah], saying, “Get up, and go into Zarephath of the Sidonians, then abide there; for I have commanded of a widowed woman there to feed you.” And he got up, and went forth to Zarephath.

And when he had come to the gate of the city, there appeared to him a widowed woman gathering wood; and he called her, and said to her, “Give me a little water in a jar to drink.”  And when she was going to bring it, he called after her, saying, “Bring me, I pray you, also a morsel of bread in your hand.”

And she replied, “Upon the life of the Lord your God, I have no bread, nor so much as a handful of flour in a jar, and a little bit of oil in a jug; I am now gathering two branches to go home and make them for myself and my son, to eat and die.”

At this Elijah said, “Do not fear; but go and do as I have said. But first make me a little loaf of bread out of the flour, and bring it to me; and make something for you and your son afterward.  And these things says the Lord God of Israel: The jar of flour will not be lacking, not the jug of oil be diminished, until the day in which the Lord shall give rain upon the face of the land.”

And she went forth, and did according to the word of Elijah; and he ate, and she, and all her house; and from that day the jar of flour was not lacking, and the jug of oil was not diminished, according to the word of the Lord which was spoken in the hand of Elijah.

Hebrews 9.24-28

For Christ did not enter into a holy place made by hands, exemplars of the true,  but into heaven itself,  that he may appear now in the sight of God for us, not to offer himself often as the high priest would enter into the holy place every year in foreign blood, or else he would have needed to suffer since the founding of the world; but now once under the completion of the age, for the destitution of sin, by his own sacrifice, has he appeared. And as it remains for every human being to die once, and after that, judgment—thus also Christ has been offered once to bear away the sins of many; and again, without sin, shall he appear to those who await him, in salvation.

Mark 12.38-44

And as he taught he would say to them, “Beware of scribes who love to walk about in long robes, and greetings in the forum, and the best seats in the synagogues and the first seats at feasts, who devour the homes of widows and under pretexts make long prayers; they will receive the greater judgment.”

And when Jesus sat facing the treasury, he saw how the crowd would put money in the treasury box; and many rich people put in much. And there came this one poor widow, putting in two bits, which is a quarter.  And calling to him his disciples he said to them, “Amen, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all who put into the treasury box. For all of them put in from their excess; but she, from her poverty, put in everything she had, her whole substance.”


It’s getting better all the time…

When I started doing the re-conversion from ODT back to HTML, I thought I was going to have to go through every verse and add the verse bookmarks manually (i.e., so you can use something like “john.htm#3:16” to access a specific verse).

Looks like I was able to ease that a bit by cutting a chapter into a separate file, then doing a single replace.  I’ve got 9 books converted already and it shouldn’t take too long before the rest of the New Testament is fixed.  (I still have to manually mark italics and indents.  That’s not nearly as painful.)

A lot of the skeleton formatting’s done too – the headings and boilerplate.

I’m thinking that for every time I have to make revisions (hopefully not often), I’ll make a dead tree edition (at least paperback if not hardback as well), upload the PDF from which the dead tree edition is produced, synch up the HTML folder, and offer that for online and offline viewing.  (I’m not a Web 2.0 person.  My code is old-fashioned HTML 3.2.)  That should cover most bases.  Once the edition I put in dead tree a week ago is up, I’ll officially open the website there, and then I can get to work on writing notes to include in a future release.  (I plan to offer editions with and without notes.  A lot of people seem to think marginalia indicate an uncertainty in the translation, as if the text didn’t stand on its own; this is the main reason why I did not include such notes from the beginning.)

I’m sure many people think I’m trying to make money off this.  I wouldn’t do that.  (For one, it would actually hurt me with every penny I would make off such an endeavor.)  I have a virtual server on a friend’s host which I pay him monthly for, and I pay for my domain annually, and this comes out of my own wallet.  Dead tree copies are sold for exactly what the printer charges.  I wouldn’t dream of having it any other way.

Deuteronomy 6.1-9

These are the commandments, and the ceremonies, and the judgments which the Lord your God has commanded me to teach you; and you shall do them in the land to which you are crossing over to possess it; that you may fear the Lord your God, and keep all his precepts and his commandments which I command you today; you, and your sons, and your grandsons, for all the days of your life, that your days may be made long.  Hear, Israel, and observe, that you may do the things which the Lord has commanded you, and it be good with you, and you be further multiplied, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in the land flowing with milk and honey.  Hear, Israel:  The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  You shall love the Lord your God from all your heart, and from all your soul, and from all your might.  And these words, which I command you this day, will be in your heart; and you will tell them to your sons, and you will meditate upon them as you sit in your house, and as you walk in your travels, when you sleep and when you wake.  And you will bind them up like a seal in your hand, and they will be also a symbol between your eyes, and you will write them on your gates, and upon the doorjambs of your house.

Hebrews 9.11-14

But Christ having come, the high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands—that is, not of this creation—nor by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, he entered once into the holy place, having acquired eternal redemption.  For if sprinkling the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a cow on the unclean makes holy to the purification of the flesh, how much more the blood of Christ, who by an eternal spirit offered himself without blemish to God, will cleanse your conscience from dead works to the serving of the living God!

Mark 12.28-34

And a certain of the scribes, coming and hearing them debating together, seeing how he replied well to them, questioned him: “What is the first of all commandments?”

And Jesus replied to him, “This is the first of all commandments: Hear, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  And you shall love the Lord your God from all your heart, and from all your soul, and from all your mind, and from all your strength.  And the second is similar to this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than this.”

And the scribe said to him, “Good teacher, truthfully you say that God is one and there is no other beside him, and to love him from all one’s heart, and from all one’s mind, and from all one’s soul and from all one’s strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

And Jesus, seeing that he replied with understanding, said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”


The HTML version of The TTT Translation…

Yes, the drafts were written in HTML.

No, I’m not basing the final website on the drafts’ code.

It’s going to take some time as I can only automate so much but I’ll get the web version up as soon as I can.  Some things I can do automatically, but other things I can’t.  Hang in there.

Dead tree edition

The dead tree edition of the New Testament seems to be ready to go.  I don’t make anything off this; the company that prints the books charges $10.03 for the book plus shipping and applicable taxes.  In the meantime, I really need to get up and go finish the browsable version of the text.

Jeremiah 31:7-9

For these things says the LORD: Rejoice and be glad, Jacob, and shout against the head of the nations; sound forth, and sing, and say, “Save, LORD, your people, the remnants of Israel.”

Behold, I will bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest points of the earth; among whom will be the blind and lame, pregnant and in labor together; a great company returning here.  In tears they will come, and in mercy I will lead them back, and I will bring them by torrents of waters in the straight way, and they will not stray from it, for I have become the father of Israel, and Ephraim is my first-begotten.

Hebrews 7:23-28

And they indeed became many priests, because by way of death they were unable to remain so; but just the same he remains eternally, having a perpetual priesthood. Hence also, he can save them to the fullest who came to God by him; for he lives always for the purpose of interceding for them. For it was fitting that there be such a high priest for us—godly, innocent, unpolluted, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; who does not, like the other priests, need to offer day after day first sacrificial victims for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people; but he did this all at once, when he offered himself up. For the law places people as high priests who have weaknesses; but by the word of the oath, which is above the law, the son is set in the position, perfected, forever.

Mark 10:46-52

And he came to Jericho. And as they left Jericho, with his disciples and the copious crowd, the blind son of Timaeus, Bar Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And hearing that Jesus the Nazarene was there, he began to yell out, saying, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.”

And many rebuked him, telling him to hold his tongue. And he yelled out much louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

And Jesus stood, and said, “Call him.”

And calling the blind man, they said to him, “Be of good spirit; get up, he is calling you.” And he threw off his cloak, got up and came to Jesus.

And Jesus replied and said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?”

And the blind man said to him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”

And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you whole.” And that instant he received his sight, and would follow Jesus along the way.

Little redundancy here, “Bar Timaeus” is just the Aramaic for “the son of Timaeus”.  That happens now and then in Mark.