The Berean Expositor
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throughout the chapter the one word "reckon", and so gives the argument its scriptural
import and insistence. This is a decided gain to the English reader.
Let the reader now turn to I Cor. 15: 27 and 28 in both Versions. We give the R.V.
only, as most readers will have the A.V. available. The repetition of the word "subject"
and its variations is too important to sacrifice for mere euphony:--
"For He put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He saith, all things are
put in subjection, it is evident that He is excepted Who did subject all things unto Him.
And when all things have been subjected unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be
subjected to Him that did subject all things unto Him, that God may be all in all."
No real distinction is made in the A.V. between those who are "abolished" and those
who are "subjected". The English reader is apt to see no distinction between the
"enemies" that are "put under His feet" (verses 25, A.V.) and those who are also "put
under His feet" in verse 27, A.V. The differences are retained in the R.V., and false
connections, and, more important still, false deductions are not so likely.
The reader of The Berean Expositor does not need to be reminded of the place that the
ministry of Paul occupies in our teaching. But we must avoid any inferences which are
not justified by the original. On one occasion we remember hearing a zealous supporter
of dispensational truth endeavouring to magnify Paul at the expense of Peter by stressing
the A.V. of Gal. 2: 8:--
"For He that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the
same was mighty in me towards the Gentiles."
The R.V. restores the balance:--
"For He that wrought for Peter unto the apostleship of the circumcision, wrought for
me also unto the Gentiles."
With these examples we must rest content. We hope that the reader will be stirred up
to make a complete survey of these alterations, for consistency of translation goes a long
way towards the realization of the teaching of the Spirit. We must next turn our attention
to other aspects of the Revised Version.