a wilderness of words

ElShaddai Edwards is salivating over this phrase in 1 Timothy 1:6 of the NEB/REB:

a wilderness of words

Every once in awhile wonderful wordings like this alliterative one appear in an English Bible version. They jump off the page. They catch our imagination as good turns of phrases should. I have some favorite wordings from different Bible versions which continue to impress me. Here are two of them:

Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our/the faith (Heb. 12:2 RSV, NRSV, NET, ISV)

When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! (James 1:2 Phillips)

What are some Bible version wordings which get your literary senses aroused?

3 thoughts on “a wilderness of words

  1. A.Admin says:

    2 Cor. 5:17 from the TNIV has been on my mind lately.

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

  2. jwhook says:

    Jeremiah 17:1, NLTse:

    The sin of Judah
    is inscribed with an iron chisel—
    engraved with a diamond point on their stony hearts
    and on the corners of their altars.

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