Ordinary language for ordinary people

I came across a great quote about Scripture today, from Don Carson’s ‘Recent Developments in the Doctrine of Scripture’ (p 31) :

“Scripture is composed of ‘ordinary’ language and ‘ordinary’ literature. To say this in no way disparages Scripture, nor does it dispute its status as ‘God’s Word.’ … That God’s Word has been communicated in everyday language is not a fault so much as a perfection of divine revelation, for only as ‘ordinary’ language could Scripture communicate to ‘ordinary’ people in ‘ordinary’ situations. … Indeed, these ordinary human forms were essential both for revelation and redemption.”

As someone involved in translating the Bible into ‘ordinary’ languages in Africa, this really resonates with me.

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