Today is my children’s first day of school, and this school year I want to go through the book of Proverbs with them. I looked around a little for a devotional to help me along, but I quickly decided to just try and make something myself. My basic plan is to divide the book into sections based on theme and work through each theme each time we do devotions.
I like doing this kind of thing “out in the open”, and so this is what I produced for the first two days. [UPDATED the link to a more readable format.]
But I immediately hit a roadblock that has already sucked up hours of time. It’s the kind of problem that gives me facial ticks. You’ll notice that the Scripture passages quoted there are in the NASB. [Updated now to be the World English Bible.] That’s fine for the few verses I have listed there… but I’ll get in trouble if I quote more than 500 or so verses.
I just want to create a study of the book of Proverbs for my children, but I want to make it freely available to anyone else. And I want to include the entire book of Proverbs. And I don’t want to use the KJV.
Is this too much to ask?
So, of course, I dove down the rabbit hole of finding out the current state of permissively licensed English translations of the Bible. This FAQ for the Open English Bible project is a helpful starting point because it explains what they are doing and why, but it also links to a couple other high-profile attempts to make the Bible in English freely available. The two examples it gives are the NET Bible (FAQ) and the World English Bible (FAQ).
I spent some time reviewing the NET Bible, and I found it very discouraging. I compared the NET Bible with the NASB for passages on this list for starters. Seems to suffer from all the typical political correctness.
The World English Bible doesn’t seem to suffer from the same amount of political correctness, so I think I’ll give it a try.
Tips and suggestions welcome!