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Why did it never occur to me before that this was a promise, not an injunction?

Date: 2007-01-30 09:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ewtikins.livejournal.com
Have you been reading Conversations With God by, um, I can't rembmer the name of the author now... ?

But, yeah.

Date: 2007-01-30 10:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
I haven't; I'll keep an eye out for it.

Date: 2007-01-30 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shuripentu.livejournal.com
That's a very interesting reading of it. I'd never thought of it that way. I suspect many people haven't.

(It makes me wonder what the original Hebrew implies, though.)

Date: 2007-01-30 10:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
I checked most of the English translations at http://www.biblegateway.org/ (given that I can't read most of the others) and nearly all of them have 'shall' or 'shalt'. A few have 'must'. One of them, calling itself a Literal Translation, interestingly has 'dost' and 'hast'.

Date: 2007-02-01 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elettaria.livejournal.com
Also the Ten Commandments are gendered imperatives, so they're only addressed to men.

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