Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Importance of Accuracy

Our friend Tommy, his Kasua Language co-workers, Jill and Rebekah

This group is checking five New Testament books (I and II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, and James).

Why is the consultant checking so important? Here's an example of something that comes to light in a checking session. Look at the middle part of 1 Timothy 2:2, "...that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life..." When Tommy read this verse out loud in the Kasua language, it came across like this, "...that we may do things quietly and steal..." The Kasua words for being peaceful and stealing are very similar, o:sulu tepela: (be peaceful) and o:sulu tipela: (steal). There is only one letter different between the two phrases. When Tommy read this verse out loud, one of the translation consultants asked the question, "According to this verse, how are we to live our lives?" Amos, one of the Kasua co-workers very quickly answered, "We are to do things quietly and steal."

Tommy took a second look at each word and saw the problem. They all had a good laugh over it, corrected it, and went on to the next verse with a keen awareness that God's Spirit was guiding them.

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