JESUS—HEROD’S “TRIAL’, THE “ ROBE” & USING TRANSLATIONS

JESUS—HEROD’S “TRIAL’, THE “ ROBE” & USING TRANSLATIONS

“Then Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus. Finally, they put a royal robe on him and sent him back to Pilate”—Luke 23:11 NLT

Pilate could not find anything wrong with Jesus, and hoped to evade responsibility for Jesus by shifting him over to Herod, who happened to be in town for the major festival of Passover. But to Herod Jesus is only a curiosity (Lk 23:8,9), and a joke (Lk 23:11). Since Jesus refused to answer Herod’s many questions, Herod gets tired of it after awhile, and sends Jesus back to Pilate. But before he does, they put a robe on Jesus to crown their mockery of him. The robe and its color are difficult to describe, at least in English. This is only a minor detail, of course, but notice how many different ways and colors this robe is described in various Bible translations:

brilliant—HCSB

elegant—NIV; NRSV

rich—NJB

royal—NLT

splendid—ESV

gorgeous—NASB

fine—GNB; Berean Study Bible

bright—CSB

colorful—GWT

white—Douay

luxurious—WEB

resplendent garb—NAB

kingly–NCV

This is a good example of one of the many advantages a person who uses multiple translations has, over using only one translation. While this is a very minor point, we can see that there are various ways to describe something, which can help us to get a better mental picture of what the Bible is describing. After all, vivid mental pictures help us to remember things better. Knowing and remembering what the Bible says is vital to knowing God and Jesus. Knowing them, the Bible says, results in eternal life (John 17:3).  Also, very important to Christians who want to fully ‘imitate Jesus and Paul’, vivid mental images of things in the Bible better equips us to effectively witness and teach the Word of God to others (Acts 1:8; Matt 28:19,20; 2 Tim 3:16,17).

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