Maybe the NIV did need a little updating after all...

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(David) My first serious Bible was an early NIV my parents gave me in 1978. I read it for nearly twenty years, preached from it for ten and still use it today for family devotions. So this evening, reading from Mark as a family, we got a big laugh from 13:33-35 which reads thus in the original NIV:

"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It's like a man going away: He leaves his house in charge of His servants (sic), each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch."

Two thoughts in light of this:

First, perhaps we've been a tad harsh in criticizing the NIV's sponsors for putting out version after version of their Bible. The more I read my beloved old NIV the more I understand why they keep updating it. You know, "If at first you don't succeed... "

Second, it occurs to me that perhaps the R2K error is the result of certain men naively taking the NIV at face value--"But, I tell you guys, the Bible actually says the house is in charge of the servants!"