The Bible in the News
The Cup That Runneth Over
Leonard J. Greenspoon
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In the world of modern Bible translation, my cup “runneth over” (from Psalm 23:5) only in the King James Version. Elsewhere, for the most part, it overflows (as in such diverse versions as the NASB, NRSV, NIV, NAB and CEVb). Exceptions—such as the NJV’s “brims over” or The Message’s “brims with”—are rare. For poetic evocation, you can count me as a “traditionalist” on this: Nothing quite gets the point across as well as the KJV. And, so it would seem, the popular press agrees: “my cup runneth over” and over in countless stories, especially in the headlines.

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