8/20/13

From Gary... The healing power of a SMILE


The year was 1973; the place was Norton Company in upstate New York; and the man was Mike B..  He wasn't much to look at, drank way too much, always seemed to be in the thick of any disturbance, yet he comes to my mind as one of the outstanding characters of my early adulthood.  I am almost at a loss for words in describing him, so I will reference Eliza Doolittle's father (from the movie- My Fair Lady) as the best comparison I can think of at the moment.  Mike had a special sort of wisdom and insight into people that is singular in my experience with human beings.  He would say things like: "You can say anything to anybody at anytime, as long as it is the truth and you have a crazy enough smile on your face."  And mike did!!!  From his immediate supervisor to the head of the department and even the general foreman of the plant, Mike practiced what he preached!!!  The thing is: Mike's smile was infectious. He could turn the most adversarial situation into laughter and most people just loved to be around "crazy Mike".  So much for the power of a smile.  In thinking about Mike, I remembered JOB and his positive attitude towards adversity and his consideration towards the less fortunate...

Job, Chapter 29
 21 “Men listened to me, waited,

and kept silence for my counsel.
  22 After my words they didn’t speak again.
My speech fell on them.
  23 They waited for me as for the rain.
Their mouths drank as with the spring rain.
  24 I smiled on them when they had no confidence.
They didn’t reject the light of my face.
  25 I chose out their way, and sat as chief.
I lived as a king in the army,
as one who comforts the mourners.


Today, I offer no great insights, or revelations; just something you already know.  The power of a smile and the knowledge that it has the capacity to confuse even the most obnoxious among us to the point that they can become pliable to the point of being friendly.  You don't have to agree with me- but know that as I write these words, I have a smile from ear to ear!!!  Confused yet????

From Gary... Bible Reading and Study, August 20


Bible Reading and Study
August 20


The World English Bible


Aug. 20
Job 17-19
Job 17:1 "My spirit is consumed. My days are extinct, And the grave is ready for me.
Job 17:2 Surely there are mockers with me. My eye dwells on their provocation.
Job 17:3 "Now give a pledge, be collateral for me with yourself. Who is there who will strike hands with me?
Job 17:4 For you have hidden their heart from understanding, Therefore you shall not exalt them.
Job 17:5 He who denounces his friends for a prey, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.
Job 17:6 "But he has made me a byword of the people. They spit in my face.
Job 17:7 My eye also is dim by reason of sorrow. All my members are as a shadow.
Job 17:8 Upright men shall be astonished at this. The innocent shall stir up himself against the godless.
Job 17:9 Yet shall the righteous hold on his way. He who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.
Job 17:10 But as for you all, come on now again; I shall not find a wise man among you.
Job 17:11 My days are past, my plans are broken off, as are the thoughts of my heart.
Job 17:12 They change the night into day, saying 'The light is near' in the presence of darkness.
Job 17:13 If I look for Sheol as my house, if I have spread my couch in the darkness,
Job 17:14 If I have said to corruption, 'You are my father;' to the worm, 'My mother,' and 'my sister;'
Job 17:15 where then is my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?
Job 17:16 Shall it go down with me to the gates of Sheol, or descend together into the dust?"
Job 18:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
Job 18:2 "How long will you hunt for words? Consider, and afterwards we will speak.
Job 18:3 Why are we counted as animals, which have become unclean in your sight?
Job 18:4 You who tear yourself in your anger, shall the earth be forsaken for you? Or shall the rock be removed out of its place?
Job 18:5 "Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, The spark of his fire shall not shine.
Job 18:6 The light shall be dark in his tent. His lamp above him shall be put out.
Job 18:7 The steps of his strength shall be shortened. His own counsel shall cast him down.
Job 18:8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he wanders into its mesh.
Job 18:9 A snare will take him by the heel. A trap will catch him.
Job 18:10 A noose is hidden for him in the ground, a trap for him in the way.
Job 18:11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall chase him at his heels.
Job 18:12 His strength shall be famished. Calamity shall be ready at his side.
Job 18:13 The members of his body shall be devoured. The firstborn of death shall devour his members.
Job 18:14 He shall be rooted out of his tent where he trusts. He shall be brought to the king of terrors.
Job 18:15 There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his. Sulfur shall be scattered on his habitation.
Job 18:16 His roots shall be dried up beneath. Above shall his branch be cut off.
Job 18:17 His memory shall perish from the earth. He shall have no name in the street.
Job 18:18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.
Job 18:19 He shall have neither son nor grandson among his people, nor any remaining where he sojourned.
Job 18:20 Those who come after shall be astonished at his day, as those who went before were frightened.
Job 18:21 Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous. This is the place of him who doesn't know God."
Job 19:1 Then Job answered,
Job 19:2 "How long will you torment me, and crush me with words?
Job 19:3 You have reproached me ten times. You aren't ashamed that you attack me.
Job 19:4 If it is true that I have erred, my error remains with myself.
Job 19:5 If indeed you will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach;
Job 19:6 know now that God has subverted me, and has surrounded me with his net.
Job 19:7 "Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard. I cry for help, but there is no justice.
Job 19:8 He has walled up my way so that I can't pass, and has set darkness in my paths.
Job 19:9 He has stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
Job 19:10 He has broken me down on every side, and I am gone. My hope he has plucked up like a tree.
Job 19:11 He has also kindled his wrath against me. He counts me among his adversaries.
Job 19:12 His troops come on together, build a siege ramp against me, and encamp around my tent.
Job 19:13 "He has put my brothers far from me. My acquaintances are wholly estranged from me.
Job 19:14 My relatives have gone away. My familiar friends have forgotten me.
Job 19:15 Those who dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger. I am an alien in their sight.
Job 19:16 I call to my servant, and he gives me no answer. I beg him with my mouth.
Job 19:17 My breath is offensive to my wife. I am loathsome to the children of my own mother.
Job 19:18 Even young children despise me. If I arise, they speak against me.
Job 19:19 All my familiar friends abhor me. They whom I loved have turned against me.
Job 19:20 My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
Job 19:21 "Have pity on me, have pity on me, you my friends; for the hand of God has touched me.
Job 19:22 Why do you persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
Job 19:23 "Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
Job 19:24 That with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever!
Job 19:25 But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives. In the end, he will stand upon the earth.
Job 19:26 After my skin is destroyed, then in my flesh shall I see God,
Job 19:27 Whom I, even I, shall see on my side. My eyes shall see, and not as a stranger. "My heart is consumed within me.
Job 19:28 If you say, 'How we will persecute him!' because the root of the matter is found in me,

Job 19:29 be afraid of the sword, for wrath brings the punishments of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment." 



The Composite Bible
The World English Bible
Darby's Translation
Young's Literal Translation

The Composite Bible is a effort to understand the Bible by considering it from different perspectives and different levels of literalcy. First, read the World English Bible (the least literal-black text) for comprehension of the text. Next, read both the World English Bible with the Darby Translation (more literal-blue text)to make comparisons and lastly, read all three versions (Young's is the most literal translation- red text) at one time to obtain an overview of the text. Doing this will make you think about what the Scriptures are actually saying and avoid reading in a superficial manner.

Job

Job 17 1
"My spirit is consumed, my days are extinct, And the grave is ready for me.
My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are mine.
My spirit hath been destroyed, My days extinguished -- graves [are] for me.
Job 17 2
Surely there are mockers with me, My eye dwells on their provocation.
Are there not mockers around me? and doth [not] mine eye abide in their provocation?
If not -- mockeries [are] with me. And in their provocations mine eye lodgeth.
Job 17 3
"Now give a pledge, be collateral for me with yourself. Who is there who will strike hands with
me?
Lay down now [a pledge], be thou surety for me with thyself: who is he that striketh
hands with me?
Place, I pray Thee, my pledge with Thee; Who is he that striketh hand with me?
Job 17 4
For you have hidden their heart from understanding, Therefore shall you not exalt them.
For thou hast hidden their heart from understanding; therefore thou wilt not exalt
[them].
For their heart Thou hast hidden From understanding, Therefore Thou dost not
exalt them.
Job 17 5
He who denounces his friends for a prey, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.
He that betrayeth friends for a prey -- even the eyes of his children shall fail.
For a portion he sheweth friendship, And the eyes of his sons are consumed.
Job 17 6
"But he has made me a byword of the people. They spit in my face.
And he hath made me a proverb of the peoples; and I am become one to be spit on in the
face.
And he set me up for a proverb of the peoples, And a wonder before them I am.
Job 17 7
My eye also is dim by reason of sorrow. All my members are as a shadow.
And mine eye is dim by reason of grief, and all my members are as a shadow.
And dim from sorrow is mine eye, And my members as a shadow all of them.
Job 17 8
Upright men shall be astonished at this. The innocent shall stir up himself against the godless.
Upright men [shall be] astonished at this, and the innocent shall be stirred up against
the ungodly;
Astonished are the upright at this, And the innocent against the profane Stirreth
himself up.
Job 17 9
Yet shall the righteous hold on his way. He who has clean hands shall grow stronger and
stronger.
But the righteous shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall increase in
strength.
And the righteous layeth hold [on] his way, And the clean of hands addeth
strength, And -- dumb are they all.
Job 17 10
But as for you all, come on now again; I shall not find a wise man among you.
But as for you all, pray come on again; and I shall not find one wise man among you.
Return, and come in, I pray you, And I find not among you a wise man.
Job 17 11
My days are past, my plans are broken off, As are the thoughts of my heart.
My days are past, my purposes are broken off, the cherished thoughts of my heart.
My days have passed by, My devices have been broken off, The possessions of my
heart!
Job 17 12
They change the night into day, Saying `The light is near` in the presence of darkness.
They change the night into day; the light [they imagine] near in presence of the
Night for day they appoint, Light [is] near because of darkness.
Job 17 13
If I look for Sheol as my house, If I have spread my couch in the darkness,
If I wait, Sheol is my house; I spread my bed in the darkness:
If I wait -- Sheol [is] my house, In darkness I have spread out my couch.
Job 17 14
If I have said to corruption, `You are my father;` To the worm, `My mother,` and `my sister;`
I cry to the grave, Thou art my father! to the worm, My mother, and my sister!
To corruption I have called: -- `Thou [art] my father.` `My mother` and `my sister` -
- to the worm.
Job 17 15
Where then is my hope? As for my hope, who shall see it?
And where is then my hope? yea, my hope, who shall see it?
And where [is] now my hope? Yea, my hope, who doth behold it?
Job 17 16
Shall it go down with me to the gates of Sheol, Or descend together into the dust?"
It shall go down to the bars of Sheol, when [our] rest shall be together in the dust.
[To] the parts of Sheol ye go down, If together on the dust we may rest.
Job 18 1
Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
And Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,
And Bildad the Shuhite answereth and saith: --
Job 18 2
"How long will you hunt for words? Consider, and afterwards we will speak.
How long will ye hunt for words? Be intelligent, and then we will speak.
When do ye set an end to words? Consider ye, and afterwards do we speak.
Job 18 3
Why are we counted as animals, Which have become unclean in your sight?
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed stupid in your sight?
Wherefore have we been reckoned as cattle? We have been defiled in your eyes!
Job 18 4
You who tear yourself in your anger, Shall the earth be forsaken for you? Or shall the rock be
removed out of its place?
Thou that tearest thyself in thine anger, shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall
the rock be removed out of its place?
(He is tearing himself in his anger.) For thy sake is earth forsaken? And removed
is a rock from its place?
Job 18 5
"Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, The spark of his fire shall not shine.
Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the flame of his fire shall not shine.
Also, the light of the wicked is extinguished. And there doth not shine a spark of
his fire.
Job 18 6
The light shall be dark in his tent, His lamp above him shall be put out.
The light shall become dark in his tent, and his lamp over him shall be put out.
The light hath been dark in his tent, And his lamp over him is extinguished.
Job 18 7
The steps of his strength shall be shortened, His own counsel shall cast him down.
The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.
Straitened are the steps of his strength, And cast him down doth his own counsel.
Job 18 8
For he is cast into a net by his own feet, And he wanders into its mesh.
For he is sent into the net by his own feet, and he walketh on the meshes;
For he is sent into a net by his own feet, And on a snare he doth walk habitually.
Job 18 9
A snare shall take him by the heel; A trap shall lay hold on him.
The gin taketh [him] by the heel, the snare layeth hold on him;
Seize on the heel doth a gin, Prevail over him do the designing.
Job 18 10
A noose is hidden for him in the ground, A trap for him in the way.
A cord is hidden for him in the ground, and his trap in the way.
Hidden in the earth is his cord, And his trap on the path.
Job 18 11
Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, And shall chase him at his heels.
Terrors make him afraid on every side, and chase him at his footsteps.
Round about terrified him have terrors, And they have scattered him -- at his feet.
Job 18 12
His strength shall be famished, Calamity shall be ready at his side.
His strength is hunger-bitten, and calamity is ready at his side.
Hungry is his sorrow, And calamity is ready at his side.
Job 18 13
The members of his body shall be devoured, The firstborn of death shall devour his members.
The firstborn of death devoureth the members of his body; it will devour his members.
It consumeth the parts of his skin, Consume his parts doth death`s first-born.
Job 18 14
He shall be rooted out of his tent where he trusts. He shall be brought to the king of terrors.
His confidence shall be rooted out of his tent, and it shall lead him away to the king of
terrors:
Drawn from his tent is his confidence, And it causeth him to step to the king of
terrors.
Job 18 15
There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his. Sulfur shall be scattered on his
habitation.
They who are none of his shall dwell in his tent; brimstone shall be showered upon his
habitation:
It dwelleth in his tent -- out of his provender, Scattered over his habitation is
sulphur.
Job 18 16
His roots shall be dried up beneath, Above shall his branch be cut off.
His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off;
From beneath his roots are dried up, And from above cut off is his crop.
Job 18 17
His memory shall perish from the earth. He shall have no name in the street.
His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name on the pasture-
grounds.
His memorial hath perished from the land, And he hath no name on the street.
Job 18 18
He shall be driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the world.
He is driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.
They thrust him from light unto darkness, And from the habitable earth cast him
out.
Job 18 19
He shall have neither son nor grandson among his people, Nor any remaining where he
sojourned.
He hath neither son nor grandson among his people, nor any remaining in the places of
his sojourn.
He hath no continuator, Nor successor among his people, And none is remaining
in his dwellings.
Job 18 20
Those who come after shall be astonished at his day, As those who went before were frightened.
They that come after shall be astonished at his day, as they that went before [them] were
affrighted.
At this day westerns have been astonished And easterns have taken fright.
Job 18 21
Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous, This is the place of him who doesn`t know
God."
Surely, such are the dwellings of the unrighteous man, and such the place of him that
knoweth not ·God.
Only these [are] tabernacles of the perverse, And this the place God hath not
known.
Job 19 1
Then Job answered,
And Job answered and said,
And Job answereth and saith: --
Job 19 2
"How long will you torment me, And crush me with words?
How long will ye vex my soul, and crush me with words?
Till when do ye afflict my soul, And bruise me with words?
Job 19 3
You have reproached me ten times. You aren`t ashamed that you attack me.
These ten times have ye reproached me; ye are not ashamed to stupefy me.
These ten times ye put me to shame, ye blush not. Ye make yourselves strange to
me --
Job 19 4
If it is true that I have erred, My error remains with myself.
And be it [that] I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.
And also -- truly, I have erred, With me doth my error remain.
Job 19 5
If indeed you will magnify yourselves against me, And plead against me my reproach;
If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and prove against me my reproach,
If, truly, over me ye magnify yourselves, And decide against me my reproach;
Job 19 6
Know now that God has subverted me, And has surrounded me with his net.
Know now that +God hath overthrown me, and hath surrounded me with his net.
Know now, that God turned me upside down, And His net against me hath set
round,
Job 19 7
"Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry for help, but there is no justice.
Behold, I cry out of wrong, and I am not heard; I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.
Lo, I cry out -- violence, and am not answered, I cry aloud, and there is no
judgment.
Job 19 8
He has walled up my way so that I can`t pass, And has set darkness in my paths.
He hath hedged up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.
My way He hedged up, and I pass not over, And on my paths darkness He placeth.
Job 19 9
He has stripped me of my glory, And taken the crown from my head.
He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
Mine honour from off me He hath stripped, And He turneth the crown from my
head.
Job 19 10
He has broken me down on every side, and I am gone. My hope he has plucked up like a tree.
He breaketh me down on every side, and I am gone; and my hope hath he torn up as a tree.
He breaketh me down round about, and I go, And removeth like a tree my hope.
Job 19 11
He has also kindled his wrath against me. He counts me among his adversaries.
And he hath kindled his anger against me, and hath counted me unto him as one of his
enemies.
And He kindleth against me His anger, And reckoneth me to Him as His
adversaries.
Job 19 12
His troops come on together, Build a siege ramp against me, And encamp around my tent.
His troops have come together and cast up their way against me, and have encamped
round about my tent.
Come in do His troops together, And they raise up against me their way, And
encamp round about my tent.
Job 19 13
"He has put my brothers far from me. My acquaintances are wholly estranged from me.
He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are quite estranged from
me.
My brethren from me He hath put far off, And mine acquaintances surely Have
been estranged from me.
Job 19 14
My relatives have gone away. My familiar friends have forgotten me.
My kinsfolk have failed, and my known friends have forgotten me.
Ceased have my neighbours And my familiar friends have forgotten me,
Job 19 15
Those who dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger. I am an alien in their
sight.
The sojourners in my house and my maids count me as a stranger; I am an alien in their
sight.
Sojourners of my house and my maids, For a stranger reckon me: An alien I have
been in their eyes.
Job 19 16
I call to my servant, and he gives me no answer; I beg him with my mouth.
I called my servant, and he answered not; I entreated him with my mouth.
To my servant I have called, And he doth not answer, With my mouth I make
supplication to him.
Job 19 17
My breath is offensive to my wife. I am loathsome to the children of my own mother.
My breath is strange to my wife, and my entreaties to the children of my [mother`s]
womb.
My spirit is strange to my wife, And my favours to the sons of my [mother`s] womb.
Job 19 18
Even young children despise me. If I arise, they speak against me.
Even young children despise me; I rise up, and they speak against me.
Also sucklings have despised me, I rise, and they speak against me.
Job 19 19
All my familiar friends abhor me. They whom I loved have turned against me.
All my intimate friends abhor me, and they whom I loved are turned against me.
Abominate me do all the men of my counsel, And those I have loved, Have been
turned against me.
Job 19 20
My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
My bones cleave to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
To my skin and to my flesh Cleaved hath my bone, And I deliver myself with the
skin of my teeth.
Job 19 21
"Have pity on me, have pity on me, you my friends; For the hand of God has touched me.
Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, ye my friends; for the hand of +God hath touched
me.
Pity me, pity me, ye my friends, For the hand of God hath stricken against me.
Job 19 22
Why do you persecute me as God, And are not satisfied with my flesh?
Why do ye persecute me as ·God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
Why do you pursue me as God? And with my flesh are not satisfied?
Job 19 23
"Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
Oh would that my words were written! oh that they were inscribed in a book!
Who doth grant now, That my words may be written? Who doth grant that in a
book they may be graven?
Job 19 24
That with an iron pen and lead They were engraved in the rock forever!
That with an iron style and lead they were graven in the rock for ever!
With a pen of iron and lead -- For ever in a rock they may be hewn.
Job 19 25
But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives. In the end, he will stand upon the earth.
And [as for] me, I know that my Redeemer liveth, and the Last, he shall stand upon the
earth;
That -- I have known my Redeemer, The Living and the Last, For the dust he doth
rise.
Job 19 26
After my skin is destroyed, Then in my flesh shall I see God,
And [if] after my skin this shall be destroyed, yet from out of my flesh shall I see +God;
And after my skin hath compassed this [body], Then from my flesh I see God:
Job 19 27
Whom I, even I, shall see on my side. My eyes shall see, and not as a stranger. "My heart is
consumed within me.
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another: -- my reins are
consumed within me.
Whom I -- I see on my side, And mine eyes have beheld, and not a stranger,
Consumed have been my reins in my bosom.
Job 19 28
If you say, `How we will persecute him!` Because the root of the matter is found in me,
If ye say, How shall we persecute him? when the root of the matter is found in me,
But ye say, `Why do we pursue after him?` And the root of the matter hath been
found in me.
Job 19 29
Be afraid of the sword, For wrath brings the punishments of the sword, That you may know
there is a judgment."
Be ye yourselves afraid of the sword! for the sword is fury against misdeeds, that ye may
know there is a judgment.
Be ye afraid because of the sword, For furious [are] the punishments of the sword,

That ye may know that [there is] a judgment.


Study Questions

I was a ___________? 17:6

Who will be stronger and stronger? 17:9

The wicked did not know ________? 18:21

Who turned against Job? 19:19

What does Job know? 19:25


The World English Bible

Aug. 20
Romans 1
Rom 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the Good News of God,
Rom 1:2 which he promised before through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
Rom 1:3 concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,
Rom 1:4 who was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
Rom 1:5 through whom we received grace and apostleship, for obedience of faith among all the nations, for his name's sake;
Rom 1:6 among whom you are also called to belong to Jesus Christ;
Rom 1:7 to all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, that your faith is proclaimed throughout the whole world.
Rom 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the Good News of his Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you always in my prayers,
Rom 1:10 requesting, if by any means now at last I may be prospered by the will of God to come to you.
Rom 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, to the end that you may be established;
Rom 1:12 that is, that I with you may be encouraged in you, each of us by the other's faith, both yours and mine.
Rom 1:13 Now I don't desire to have you unaware, brothers, that I often planned to come to you, and was hindered so far, that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles.
Rom 1:14 I am debtor both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to the wise and to the foolish.
Rom 1:15 So, as much as is in me, I am eager to preach the Good News to you also who are in Rome.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes; for the Jew first, and also for the Greek.
Rom 1:17 For in it is revealed God's righteousness from faith to faith. As it is written, "But the righteous shall live by faith."
Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
Rom 1:19 because that which is known of God is revealed in them, for God revealed it to them.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse.
Rom 1:21 Because, knowing God, they didn't glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23 and traded the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24 Therefore God also gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves,
Rom 1:25 who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Rom 1:26 For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For their women changed the natural function into that which is against nature.
Rom 1:27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural function of the woman, burned in their lust toward one another, men doing what is inappropriate with men, and receiving in themselves the due penalty of their error.
Rom 1:28 Even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
Rom 1:29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil habits, secret slanderers,
Rom 1:30 backbiters, hateful to God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31 without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful;
Rom 1:32 who, knowing the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them.




The Composite Bible
The World English Bible
Darby's Translation
Young's Literal Translation

The Composite Bible is a effort to understand the Bible by considering it from different perspectives and different levels of literalcy. First, read the World English Bible (the least literal-black text) for comprehension of the text. Next, read both the World English Bible with the Darby Translation (more literal-blue text)to make comparisons and lastly, read all three versions (Young's is the most literal translation- red text) at one time to obtain an overview of the text. Doing this will make you think about what the Scriptures are actually saying and avoid reading in a superficial manner.
Romans
Romans 1 1
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,
Paul, bondman of Jesus Christ, [a] called apostle, separated to God`s glad tidings,
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, a called apostle, having been separated to the good
news of God --
Romans 1 2
which he promised before through his prophets in the holy scriptures,
(which he had before promised by his prophets in holy writings,)
which He announced before through His prophets in holy writings --
Romans 1 3
concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,
concerning his Son (come of David`s seed according to flesh,
concerning His Son, (who is come of the seed of David according to the flesh,
Romans 1 4
who was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the
resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
marked out Son of God in power, according to [the] Spirit of holiness, by resurrection of
[the] dead) Jesus Christ our Lord;
who is marked out Son of God in power, according to the Spirit of sanctification,
by the rising again from the dead,) Jesus Christ our Lord;
Romans 1 5
through whom we received grace and apostleship, to obedience of faith among all the nations,
for his name`s sake.
by whom we have received grace and apostleship in behalf of his name, for obedience of
faith among all the nations,
through whom we did receive grace and apostleship, for obedience of faith among
all the nations, in behalf of his name;
Romans 1 6
Among whom you are also called to be Jesus Christ`s.
among whom are *ye* also [the] called of Jesus Christ:
among whom are also ye, the called of Jesus Christ;
Romans 1 7
To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our
Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
to all that are in Rome, beloved of God, called saints: Grace to you and peace from God our
Father and [our] Lord Jesus Christ.
to all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called saints; Grace to you, and peace, from
God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ!
Romans 1 8
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, that your faith is proclaimed
throughout the whole world.
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is proclaimed in the
whole world.
first, indeed, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is
proclaimed in the whole world;
Romans 1 9
For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, how unceasingly I
make mention of you always in my prayers,
For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the glad tidings of his Son, how
unceasingly I make mention of you,
for God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the good news of His Son, how
unceasingly I make mention of you,
Romans 1 10
requesting, if by any means now at length I may be prospered by the will of God to come to you.
always beseeching at my prayers, if any way now at least I may be prospered by the will of
God to come to you.
always in my prayers beseeching, if by any means now at length I shall have a
prosperous journey, by the will of God, to come unto you,
Romans 1 11
For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, to the end you may be
established;
For I greatly desire to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to establish
you;
for I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, that ye may be
established;
Romans 1 12
that is, that I with you may be comforted in you, each of us by the other`s faith, both yours and
mine.
that is, to have mutual comfort among you, each by the faith [which is] in the other, both
yours and mine.
and that is, that I may be comforted together among you, through the faith in one
another, both yours and mine.
Romans 1 13
Now I don`t desire to have you unaware, brothers, that often I planned to come to you, and was
hindered so far, that I might have some fruit in you also, even as in the rest of the Gentiles.
But I do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, that I often proposed to come to you, (and
have been hindered until the present time,) that I might have some fruit among you too,
even as among the other nations also.
And I do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, that many times I did purpose to
come unto you -- and was hindered till the present time -- that some fruit I might
have also among you, even as also among the other nations.
Romans 1 14
I am debtor both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to the wise and to the foolish.
I am a debtor both to Greeks and barbarians, both to wise and unintelligent:
Both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to wise and to thoughtless, I am a debtor,
Romans 1 15
So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
so, as far as depends on me, am I ready to announce the glad tidings to you also who [are]
in Rome.
so, as much as in me is, I am ready also to you who [are] in Rome to proclaim good
news,
Romans 1 16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation to everyone
who believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
For I am not ashamed of the glad tidings; for it is God`s power to salvation, to every one
that believes, both to Jew first and to Greek:
for I am not ashamed of the good news of the Christ, for it is the power of God to
salvation to every one who is believing, both to Jew first, and to Greek.
Romans 1 17
For therein is revealed a righteousness of God from faith to faith. As it is written, "But the
righteous shall live by faith."
for righteousness of God is revealed therein, on the principle of faith, to faith: according
as it is written, But the just shall live by faith.
For the righteousness of God in it is revealed from faith to faith, according as it
hath been written, `And the righteous one by faith shall live,`
Romans 1 18
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of
men, who hinder the truth in unrighteousness,
For there is revealed wrath of God from heaven upon all impiety, and unrighteousness of
men holding the truth in unrighteousness.
for revealed is the wrath of God from heaven upon all impiety and
unrighteousness of men, holding down the truth in unrighteousness.
Romans 1 19
because that which is known by God is revealed in them, for God revealed it to them.
Because what is known of God is manifest among them, for God has manifested [it] to
them,
Because that which is known of God is manifest among them, for God did manifest
[it] to them,
Romans 1 20
For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived
through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be
without excuse.
-- for from [the] world`s creation the invisible things of him are perceived, being
apprehended by the mind through the things that are made, both his eternal power and
divinity, -- so as to render them inexcusable.
for the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world, by the things made
being understood, are plainly seen, both His eternal power and Godhead -- to their
being inexcusable;
Romans 1 21
Because, knowing God, they didn`t glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in
their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.
Because, knowing God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but fell
into folly in their thoughts, and their heart without understanding was darkened:
because, having known God they did not glorify [Him] as God, nor gave thanks, but
were made vain in their reasonings, and their unintelligent heart was darkened,
Romans 1 22
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
professing to be wise, they were made fools,
Romans 1 23
and traded the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man,
and of birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping things.
and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into [the] likeness of an image of
corruptible man and of birds and quadrupeds and reptiles.
and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of an image of
corruptible man, and of fowls, and of quadrupeds, and of reptiles.
Romans 1 24
Therefore God also gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to uncleanness, that their bodies
should be dishonored among themselves,
Wherefore God gave them up [also] in the lusts of their hearts to uncleanness, to
dishonour their bodies between themselves:
Wherefore also God did give them up, in the desires of their hearts, to
uncleanness, to dishonour their bodies among themselves;
Romans 1 25
who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than
the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
who changed the truth of God into falsehood, and honoured and served the creature more
than him who had created [it], who is blessed for ever. Amen.
who did change the truth of God into a falsehood, and did honour and serve the
creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed to the ages. Amen.
Romans 1 26
For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For their women changed the natural
function into that which is against nature.
For this reason God gave them up to vile lusts; for both their females changed the natural
use into that contrary to nature;
Because of this did God give them up to dishonourable affections, for even their
females did change the natural use into that against nature;
Romans 1 27
Likewise also the men, leaving the natural function of the woman, burned in their lust toward
one another, men doing what is inappropriate with men, and receiving in themselves the due
penalty of their error.
and in like manner the males also, leaving the natural use of the female, were inflamed in
their lust towards one another; males with males working shame, and receiving in
themselves the recompense of their error which was fit.
and in like manner also the males having left the natural use of the female, did
burn in their longing toward one another; males with males working shame, and
the recompense of their error that was fit, in themselves receiving.
Romans 1 28
Even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up to a reprobate mind, to
do those things which are not fitting;
And according as they did not think good to have God in [their] knowledge, God gave
them up to a reprobate mind to practise unseemly things;
And, according as they did not approve of having God in knowledge, God gave
them up to a disapproved mind, to do the things not seemly;
Romans 1 29
being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness,
maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil habits, secret slanderers,
being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice; full of envy,
murder, strife, deceit, evil dispositions; whisperers,
having been filled with all unrighteousness, whoredom, wickedness, covetousness,
malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil dispositions; whisperers,
Romans 1 30
backbiters, hateful to God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to
parents,
back-biters, hateful to God, insolent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things,
disobedient to parents,
evil-speakers, God-haters, insulting, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things,
disobedient to parents,
Romans 1 31
without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful;
void of understanding, faithless, without natural affection, unmerciful;
unintelligent, faithless, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful;
Romans 1 32
who, knowing the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not
only do the same, but also consent with those who practice them.
who knowing the righteous judgment of God, that they who do such things are worthy of
death, not only practise them, but have fellow delight in those who do [them].
who the righteous judgment of God having known -- that those practising such
things are worthy of death -- not only do them, but also have delight with those

practising them.


Study Questions

What is the power of God? 1:16

What is the object of the gospel? 1:16