For those who want to know what Jesus really said, how he said it, why crowds came to hear him, and shades of meaning lost or hidden in translation.


Today's Verse Analysis

A crowd gathers, and Jesus addresses his followers.

Spoken to
KJV Verse

Luke 12:9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

NIV Verse:

Luke 12:9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God.

What His Listeners Heard:

The one, however, denying me in front of these people? He shall be denied in front of the messengers of the Divine. 

Lost In Translation:

The participle phrase "the one denying me" is translated as an active verb, "he that denies" in the KJV. In the NIV, the "he" is replaced with "whoever," which is more inaccurate.

"The angels" is a noun meaning "messenger" and "envoys" though it became to mean "semi-divine beings" in later use from its use in the NT.

The word translated as "God" means "God" and "deity." It is introduced with an article, so "the Divine."

KJV w/Translation Issues :
KJV List (See full page for word-by-word analysis):
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Constantly Updated

My analysis standards and methods are constantly improving. New information on each verse is provided as articles are updated. It requires approximately two years for me to work through updating each of Jesus's verses.

What Jesus's Listeners Heard

The everyday meanings of the Greek words Jesus used were different than the definitions they have been given over time in biblical translation. The word translations here are based upon documents of his time such as the Greek Septuagint, not ideas unknown in his time.

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