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Pastor's Heart

From Your Pastor's Heart
September 25


Although I have used the New American Standard Bible for many years in my preaching, I need to warn you about the 2020 edition.  It appears the translators for that edition are seeking to utilize gender neutral words that (in essence) possibly change the meaning of the text (in some instances).  For example, in Psalm 19:5 the text was changed from “which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; it rejoices as a strong man to run his course” to “which is like a groom coming out of his chamber; it rejoices like a strong person to run his course.” 

In Micah 6:8 the term “O man” was changed to “O human.”  I’m sure you know this verse.  It reads like this, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” We all understand that the word “man” is being used in a generic sense in that verse (and refers to both males and females) so why the need to change it to human?  I fear it is an accommodation for the spirit of our age. 

On a positive note, the new Legacy Standard Bible is coming out, which is built upon the foundation of the New American Standard and has roots in The Master’s Seminary.  I have ordered copies for the bookstore and they should be available soon.  (I will still continue to preach from the 1995 NASB).

Pastor Kirk