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Scottish Bibles

I have never seen any mention made of the fact that English Bibles printed in Scotland as a rule have different renderings in some places from those published in England.

As a rule Bibles printed in Scotland, in Jn 146 read: ‘ I am the way, and the truth, and the life ’ ; while Bibles printed in England omit the first copulate. The Revised Version inserts this copulate, for it is found in the Greek. Perhaps its omission is due to a typographical error, but this cannot be said of the second instance I would mention—this is in Jn io28-29. Scottish Bibles read: ‘ And I give unto them eternal life ; and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and none is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.’ This is in harmony with the Reviser’s rendering; but Bibles printed in England give the word ‘ man ’ in both these verses as having been supplied by the Translators. How this variation has arisen it may be impossible to determine, but it would almost seem as if the first Scottish printers had for their copy a different translation from that supplied to the English printers. At any rate the Scottish Bibles in these places are the more correct.

J. H. Terras.
Wingham, New South Wales.

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