By putting the plain text on a device I have a dozen books in a tiny one-hand-size gadget. It's lighter than a book and easier to turn pages, and I can read in bed until I fall asleep, and three minutes later the gadget turns itself off.
This year I made a Daily Bible Reading file, very simple, just the Bible divided up into 365 chunks. I've been staying on track so far. It's a nice feeling to get back to that, I had missed it.
I'm not really devoted to King James version. I chose it because I know quite a few verses simply by familiarity, and the wording that sticks in my head is KJV. It seemed logical to continue to dump more KJV on top of what's already in there to increase the chances of remembering more.
My mother's into the Holy Name. She only says Yahvah and Yahshua. I accept that she's right but it just never seemed comfortable to me to talk that way. Jesus is the English version and English is what we're speaking, here. In English, even the Holy Name people say Peter and John, not Petros and Joannes. Why not say all the names in the same language?
I do agree that God our father has a name and it occurs in the Bible like 6000 times.
It should be there. God wouldn't have said his own name over and over and over if he wanted someone to come along later and remove it for him because they knew better.
It tells us to remember the name and call on the name "of the Lord". Okay. Which is--?
At least there are several verses where Jehovah appears, so that most Christians know what the name of their God is even if they're not used to hearing it much.
A couple weeks ago I was just innocently reading along and something snapped.
It was Psalm 135:
Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD. Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God. Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure. For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
My brain said: WHAT? WHAT in all capitals? WHAT are you talking about? Stop saying that! WHAT is with this substitution? If it's so important to say over and over why are we being kept away from WHAT's really there? Is it too much for our little eyes or WHAT?
It was like hitting a brick wall. I closed the Bible and wouldn't open it again until I got a better version.
Oh, I mean I turned off the reader and deleted the file, until I could get back to the desktop for a better version :-)
The solution is right there as a text file. It's the American Standard Version.
Not New. It's the old, original American Standard!
Here's the preface to explain the reasoning. This is America in 1901 before "The Great War" to begin perpetual idiocy, before "The Great Depression" to show 'em who's boss and get their heads focused on Mammon, before the even bigger slaps that were to follow those.
In 1963 the New American Standard Version came out with new American values imposed. Check out their new American reason for putting "LORD" back in the text again, obscuring God's name from new American eyes. Was it because they discovered it wasn't really meant to be written there? No. Was it divine revelation that God doesn't care any more whether we call him by name or not? Nope.
YHWH (rendered as "Jehovah" in the original ASV) is rendered LORD or GOD in capital letters in the NASB. The committee stated the reason as: "This name has not been pronounced by the Jews because of reverence for the great sacredness of the divine name. Therefore it has been consistently translated LORD..."
Ha. I'm not a big fan of changing things to suit people's feelings.
For the rest of us, there's the internet :-)
For my daily reading convenience, I spread the Psalms and Proverbs around a bit, similar to the way the One-Year Bible does. I didn't do anything so scientific, only broke the long chapters up as much as I could (for chapters that don't have a storyline) and added those sections in after each day's Old Testament portion, ending with Malachi. In my opinion the very beginning of the Bible (with the summer-movie action sequences) and the New Testament are the funnest parts to read in large chunks, so we need a little Psalms and Proverbs to lighten some of the parts in between.
As of yesterday, July 24th, I caught back up with the right date and I'm on track.
So far, I've been enjoying it very much.
What a relief it is to be away from that coy all-capitals "LORD"!
Here "Lord" is only in the text where it means lord and it's in regular letters.
Re-reading Psalm 135 is like a breath of fresh air.
Praise ye Jehovah. Praise ye the name of Jehovah; Praise him, O ye servants of Jehovah, Ye that stand in the house of Jehovah, In the courts of the house of our God. Praise ye Jehovah; for Jehovah is good: Sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. For Jehovah hath chosen Jacob unto himself, And Israel for his own possession. For I know that Jehovah is great, And that our Lord is above all gods.
Here's my document for download... American Standard Bible Reading Project