Pastor Zac Nazarian (Hope Chapel) threw a curve ball at us yesterday. Everybody knows the 10 Commandments, right? Or at least some of them, maybe even several of them. Well, he threw in the one that Jesus quoted first after the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:21): “You shall not murder.” That’s right, Jesus said “Murder” and not “Kill.” The text in the original (Exodus 20:13 as well) in the King James is WRONG! It says there: “Thou shalt not kill.” But that is clearly wrong, if you go and check out the Hebrew, the word is definitely “Murder.”
The link to the Online Interlinear will help clear that up for you. That mis-translation has been corrected in more modern translations of the Bible. If you look, e.g., at the English Standard Version translation, you will find it correctly translated now as “You shall not murder” (in both Ex. 20:13, and Mat. 5:21, and corroborated by the text of Num 35:16 where the same root word for murder is used) which agrees completely with what Jesus said. The implications of this are HUGE!
As Pastor Zac said yesterday, it means that Christians actually aren’t exempted from just wars, nor are they to be against Capital Punishment, when it’s just anyhow. We are only to be against MURDER – or the _unjust_ taking of one human life by another human. Dang! That throws a curve ball on a lot of Christians – including Quakers, and many others – who think that ANY killing is prohibited because of that wrong translation in the original King James 1611! That just blew my mind!This is one of the best reasons not to be a “King James” only reader, and in reality, not to rely on any one particular translation of the Bible, but rather to STUDY and look deep, to ponder and to work to decipher what the original authors meant to tell us, what God Himself is telling us.