Monday, August 20, 2018

Have more abundance

Found an interesting difference between the KJV of a passage in Matthew and the RE scriptures.

RE Matthew 7:2  Then the disciples came and said unto him, Why do you speak unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given; for whoever receives, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance. But whoever continues not to receive, from him shall be taken away even that he has. Therefore I speak to them in parables because they seeing, see not, and hearing, they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah concerning them, which says, By hearing you shall hear and shall not understand, and seeing you shall see and shall not perceive. For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their hearts, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

LDS King James version of Matthew 13:10-15

10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.  12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.  13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:  15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

The phrase in particular from RE:  or whoever receives, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance. But whoever continues not to receive, from him shall be taken away even that he has

Then by contrast the same passage in the King James.  12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 

Whoever "receives", vs whosoever "hath".  The verb "have" is replaced by "receive".   Then this.  The RE says "But whoever continues not to receive"  Vs "whosoever hath not".   

That last contrast from the RE version suggests an ongoing attitude of failing to receive.  Not a one time status of  "hath not".  But instead an ongoing rejection.  A determined continual declining of what is offered.  From those, it appears, even what they hath shall be taken away.  

This for me clarifies a few things about the passage from Matthew.  Because how can "even that he hath" be taken from someone who "hath not"?  How can you take what isn't there?  (unless it was imagined).  Reading the RE version it seems to me that it's not so much from those who don't have much that even what they have is taken.  But those who perhaps think they have a lot, and yet continue NOT to receive.  From them is taken that which they have (or thought they had) which in reality wasn't anything because they continued not to receive what was offered.

So to have more abundance, we need to receive from God.  And then keep receiving.  Some worthwhile scriptures to consider: T&C sections 156, 157 and 158

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