Lost in Punctuation?

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Ahhh … Saint Paul, master of the run-on sentence.  In today’s scripture passage he writes a single sentence that is ninety-nine words long!!!  Hard to read with a single breath, but filled with great wisdom.

Brothers and sisters:
From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you
and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will
through all spiritual wisdom and understanding
to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit
and growing in the knowledge of God,
strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might,
for all endurance and patience,
with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share
in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.
He delivered us from the power of darkness
and transferred us to the Kingdom of his beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Paul’s prayer for us is ours for each other, that we be converted to a wisdom and understanding that bears the fruit of salvation.  Through Christ we are called to move from darkness into light.

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4 Responses to Lost in Punctuation?

  1. Mary Thomas says:

    I could not do it.

  2. Ellen says:

    A wonderful verse…maybe we are to be stopping to take a breath to be able to take in its meaning!

  3. Ray Plumer says:

    We know that wasn’t written in English-hopefully nothing was lost in the translation.

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