The Critical 'I'

Read. React. Repeat.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

PROOFING THE GOOD BOOK
Thank God for Bible proofreaders:
"Bible readers are less forgiving of errors because they expect perfection in the Bible text," said June Gunden, who founded the business along with her husband, Doug...

With an ordinary book, "you can put up with more because it's not something you're basing your whole life on," June Gunden said. "It's information, but it's not really life-changing information. It's not something you believe to be infallible."
I'm not going to pretend I'm full of the spirit of the Lord, but I am a hell whiz of a proofreader and editor. If Peachtree Editorial and Proofreading Service is reading this and is looking to outsource, send the proofs on down; I'd love to take a look.

I'll be certain to avoid these famous Biblical snafus:
- Blessed are the place-makers (instead of "peacemakers"), Matthew 5:9.

- Thou shalt commit adultery, Exodus 20:14.

- Know ye not that the unrighteous shall (omitted "not") inherit the kingdom of God, 1 Corinthians 6:9.

- Printers (instead of "Princes") have persecuted me without a cause, Psalm 119:161.

- Go and sin on (instead of "no") more, John 8:11.

- The fool hath said in his heart there is a (instead of "no") God, Psalm 14:1.

- Let the children first be killed (instead of "filled"), Mark 7:27.

- These are murderers (instead of "murmurers"), complainers, Jude 16.

- The murderer shall surely be put together (instead of "to death"), Numbers 25:18.

- He hath ears to ear (instead of "hear"), let him hear, Matthew 11:15.

- I will ... that women adorn themselves in modern (instead of "modest") apparel, 1 Timothy 2:9.