Southern Translation

Mark QL Louderback stpaul at
Fri Oct 9 16:16:32 EDT 1998

I enjoyed this letter from the journal First Things immensely:

Frederica Mathewes-Green ("Go Ahead, Offend Me," May) 
observes, "The original languages of the Bible..use different terms 
for singular and plural 'you,' yet even the most emphatic proponents 
of literal translation aren't insisting we go back to 'thee' and 'thou.'"

What's wrong with "you" and "you all"? They were alive in 1611, and 
when I last checked they were still kicking. Perhaps the problem isn't 
that "archaic, discarded terms can't be resurrected, even if they're 
precise," but simply that not enough of the translators are from the 

J. Budziszewski, Dep of Gov & Phil, UT-Austin

I present this, not to start a debate over whether the KJV should be 
discarded or any such thing like that. But be honest: how many of 
you instructors teach you (s) and y'all (pl)? Hmmm? As America 
becomes more and more Southern, I look forward to seeing future 
Greek Grammar's...and what they use for 2nd person plural forms.

Y'all take care!

Pastor Mark QL Louderback
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
18098 Ga Hwy 67
Statesboro, GA 30458

912-681-2481 (fax)
stpaul at

Let the name of the Lord be praised,
    both now and forevermore.
                  Psalm 113:2

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