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Dry Desert
St. Paul's Manna Blog

He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna... in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
(Deuteronomy 8:3)

  • Rev. Helena Martin

Book of Common Prayer: I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.


CEB: I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,the maker of heaven and earth.


The Book of Common Prayer translation was updated for the 1979 prayer book. The Common English Bible is a more accessible translation. Both are approved for use during worship in the Episcopal Church.


Book of Common Prayer: The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.


CEB: The Lord was my strength and protection; he was my saving help!


The Book of Common Prayer translation was updated for the 1979 prayer book. The Common English Bible is a more accessible translation. Both are approved for use during worship in the Episcopal Church.


NRSV: But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.


CEB: He said to me, 'My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.' So I’ll gladly spend my time bragging about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power can rest on me.


The NRSV is the New Revised Standard Version, which is the academic standard for biblical translation. The Common English Bible is a more accessible translation. Both are approved for use during worship in the Episcopal Church.

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