HCSB and HCSBse Revisions (1 Timothy 5)

January 14, 2009 at 2:17 pm 2 comments

1 Timothy 5 Revisions

HCSB HCSBse
4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, they should learn to practice their religion toward their own family first and to repay their parents, for this pleases God. 4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must learn to practice godliness toward their own family first and to repay their parents, for this pleases God.
7 Command this, so that they won’t be blamed. 7 Command this also, so they won’t be blamed.
8 Now if anyone does not provide for his own relatives, and especially for his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, that is his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
16 If any believing woman has widows, she should help them, and the church should not be burdened, so that it can help those who are genuinely widows. 16 If any believing woman has widows in her family, she should help them, and the church should not be burdened, so that it can help those who are genuinely widows.
18 For the Scripture says: You must not muzzle an ox that is threshing grain, and, The laborer is worthy of his wages. 18 For the Scripture says: Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain, and, the worker is worthy of his wages.
22 Don’t be too quick to lay hands on anyone, and don’t share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. 22 Don’t be too quick to appoint, anyone as an elder, and don’t share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
24 Some people’s sins are evident, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others follow them. 24 Some people’s sins are obvious, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others surface later.

A few interesting changes here don’t you think?

1 Timothy 5:4

(ESV) “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.”

(TNIV) “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.”

(NLT) “But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God.”

(NET) “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, they should first learn to fulfill their duty toward their own household and so repay their parents what is owed them. For this is what pleases God.”

1 Timothy 5:8 (Notice the reference to relatives is now removed in the HCSBse, seems more literal but what was wrong with it before?)

(ESV) “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

(TNIV) “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

(NLT) “But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.”

1 Timothy 5:16 (I don’t get this, we noticed the change in vs. 8, but then here is vs. 16 we the HCSBse add “in her family”. Seems inconsistent to me.)

(ESV) “If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.”

(TNIV) “If any woman who is a believer has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.”

(NLT) “If a woman who is a believer has relatives who are widows, she must take care of them and not put the responsibility on the church. Then the church can care for the widows who are truly alone.”

The HCSB has some quirky renderings and this is one of them for me. Nothing changed in this verse but I wanted to bring it up anyway.

1 Timothy 5:17

(HCSB) “The elders who are good leaders should be considered worthy of an ample honorarium, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.”

(ESV) “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”

(TNIV) “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”

(NLT) “Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching.”

1 Timothy 5:22

(ESV) “Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.

(TNIV) “Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. ”

(NLT) “Never be in a hurry about appointing a church leader. Do not share in thesins of others. Keep yourself pure.”

HCSB went from “lay hands on anyone” to “appoint anyone as an elder“.

What do you think?

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  • 1. Dan  |  April 24, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Well again we have this pattern that in some cases they go more literal, in others more dynamic.

    I was thinking in the places they went more dynamically, they would have the literal rendering in the notes like in the 1st edition.
    Do they have notes for these in the electronic version?

    I think that would help my comfort level.

  • 2. Joe  |  April 24, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Yep, it is not very consistent.

    The electronic version has a note for
    1 Tim 5:17 (Or of respect and remuneration; lit of double honor )

    1 Tim 5: 22 (Lit to lay hands on = to ordain)

    I have always appreciated their additional note efforts.

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