Sunday, December 13, 2009

An Ancient Misquotation

I previously noted a large number of post-Reformation folks misquoting Matthew 23:37 and/or Luke 13:34. Such misquotation is apparently not unique to the modern times. As a friend recently pointed out to me, around the third century (A.D. not B.C.) the author of the first two chapters 4 Esdras wrote:

4 Esdras 1:28-30
Thus saith the Almighty Lord, "Have I not prayed you as a father his sons, as a mother her daughters, and a nurse her young babes, that ye would be my people, and I should be your God; that ye would be my children, and I should be your father? I gathered you together, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings: but now, what shall I do unto you? I will cast you out from my face."

Obviously, it is not a direct quotation but it does seem to be an allusion, and it makes the same error of replacing "gather your children" with "gather you."



Anonymous said...

My pastor, yesterday, said an amazing thing about Satan, our enemy. "He's a most excellent scholar"! He uses the Word of God well when fighting against us!!

So it goes back to those words, for me, at least:::> "....Such misquotation is apparently not unique to the modern times....".

Turretinfan said...

Good point!