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Over hill, over Coverdale . . .

10 August 2011

From the Revd Sally Mason


Sir, — I was surprised to see the Church Times (Leader comment, 5 August) using the Prayer Book version of Psalm 121, giving a completely wrong impression of the true meaning. You quoted: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” This gives the impression that our help comes from the hills.

The modern translations have a question mark after the word “help”, all the translations make it clear in verse 2 that “My help cometh even from the Lord: who hath made heaven and earth.”

This completely changes the meaning of the verse quoted, and highlights the dangers of taking one verse out of context.

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