Sunday, March 27, 2011

A question and Scripture in PIctures Sunday

Before I get to today's Scripture in Picture, I have a question. I visited an Anglican Church on Ash Wednesday and they had Psalm 51 printed in the bulletin. I really liked the wording but when I decided to use Psalm 51 for my Lent passage, I could not find this exact wording in any of the versions I researched at Bible Gateway online. I'm hoping that one of you who are much more knowledgeable about the Bible can help me identify this translation because I really like the way it is worded. 

Here is Psalm 51:1-2 according to The New International Version:
 1 Have mercy on me, O God,
   according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
   blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
   and cleanse me from my sin. 

and here is how it was worded in the Church bulletin:
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your loving-kindness;
in your great compassion 
blot out my offenses.
2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness
and cleanse me from my sin.
Does this version look familiar to anyone?

And now the last part of Psalm 51:
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Please stop by Spiritual Sunday and visit with Charlotte and Ginger, our hosts each week. Have a blessed Sunday, Nan


  1. I have the Catholic edition of the NIV and it has only one or two words different but not like the second verse. It seems to be another translation. I love both though and you scripture and picture choice was beautiful.

  2. I only use the NIV so have no idea but good scripture....Have a great Sonday

  3. Such an interesting question! Beautiful psalm! I've just searched several translations on too & haven't located it yet. In the Episcopal Church we use the NRSV, but I don't know if the Anglican church you attended is Episcopal or one of those that left. (It's confusing because the Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion, but at least here in Florida many Epis. congregations or parts have left & now call themselves "Anglican". Anyway, in our Prayer Book (BCP)the psalms are still from the RSV, not the NRSV, so they do tend to print them in the bulletin! Now, some of the Anglican churches might have gone back to the 1929 version of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) or they could even use the British version. Oh, my! I checked several translations, but couldn't find this exact version - even Googled the "through and through" part separately because most had "throughly"(thoroughly?) for that phrase.

    Just saw the first part quoted in Jan Karon's "Light from Heaven", one of the Mitford series about Father Tim, an Episcopal priest.

    I love a good mystery! Can you tell I'm a retired librarian? I wonder if you could call the church to ask them what version they use? We used to say the telephone was our #1 reference tool - before everything was online :)

    Oh, please do let us know if you find the answer!

  4. Love this share.

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~

  5. Nan, they could have translated it themselves. I always begin with the KJV, because all the others are someone elses translation and as you know, sometimes things can be lost in translation.
    I have acutally found "verses" in writings, where they take 2-5 different verses and combine them to make it say what they want claiming it to be God's word.
    Good for you to look it up. Most don't, believing what they read as true.

  6. Another beautiful picture/scripture. Thank you for sharing it with us. I looked at the translation of several different Bibles but did not find the one you described.
    Have a great week.

  7. Dear Nane, I'm visiting you from Charlotte and Ginger's Spiritual Sunday's. I love your question, which had me searching too.

    I'm happy to tell you that Psalm 51:1-2 comes from the "Revised Common Lectionary Resorces".

    Below is a link where you can read more information on who is using the Revised Common Lectionary and why.

    I hope that helps you out... I really enjoyed searching the information myself.

    My son attends a Christian College here in Australia, which is now fully owned by the Anglican Church. We recently started attending services at the St John's Cathedral here in Brisbane, and I have to say we're learning a lot about 'traditions' of the church.

    I really feel so very lost there and out of place. I keep whispering to my husband, "What are they doing now?" I do enjoy singing the hymns that I haven't heard for many years, because the past several years we attend a very modern Pentecostal Church, with a live band.

    Two very different types of praise and worship.

    Have a great week.

    God bless!

    With love and care from Kerrie. xOx


    With love and care from Kerrie. xOx


    Psalm 51:1-13

    1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your
    loving-kindness; *
    in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
    2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
    and cleanse me from my sin.
    3 For I know my transgressions, *
    and my sin is ever before me.
    4 Against you only have I sinned *
    and done what is evil in your sight.
    5 And so you are justified when you speak *
    and upright in your judgment.
    6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
    a sinner from my mother's womb.
    7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
    and will make me understand wisdom secretly.
    8 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
    wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.
    9 Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
    that the body you have broken may rejoice.
    10 Hide your face from my sins *
    and blot out all my iniquities.
    11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
    and renew a right spirit within me.
    12 Cast me not away from your presence *
    and take not your holy Spirit from me.
    13 Give me the joy of your saving help again *
    and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

  9. Nan, You are such a breath of fresh air to me! The faith J's parents belong to is Pentecostal Apostolic (19 Kids and Counting). J's sisters home school their large families and do not believe in higher education. J is very intelligent and did go to college. It changed his views of his religion, he left it. Imagine the courage this took him! It was so painful to watch him choose such careful and loving words and yet remain so respectful to his mother as she cried at the table. It was heartbreaking. The mother said to me she felt our TSG was hurrying things along. Just the opposite! I will pray for her acceptance of our sweet TSG! Thanks as always, E

  10. Nane, Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and helping me to solve the Million Dollar Question... I totally agree with the economy it sure has put a scare in my spending. I'm a Realtor and the business is just not there, I had to pay my Board Dues and that was a big pill to swallow. Most of all because I have no business at the present time. But if you don't pay then you cannot function. And yes our prices in California are very high I really think about cost each time I shop for food. " I promise myself to be strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind! oxox, Diane


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