[sword-devel] How about the OT's versification?

C. N. R. biblology at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 4 05:02:53 MST 2005

Dear SWORD users,
In spite of Chris Little opinions, the SWORD program was conceived to make possible the comparative reading of several Bibles versions and the standard is the King James Version. How could the comparative / parallel reading be possible -- or the use of commentaries --, if we do not adjust the versification of foreign Bibles to make it compatible with that of the KJV ?  What I"ve done with the Romanian Orthodox Bible, more exactly with the Book of Pslams, was already done with other versions of the Bible, like the LXX (which is at this time present on the SWORD site)... How would handle Mr. Chris Little the Romanian Psalm no. 9, which in KJV is in fact two Psalms (no. 9 and 10) ?  He would paste together the Psalm 10 with the "last valid verse" of the Psalm 9 ?  In fact this new rule, "we don't accept alterations of versification", makes IMPOSSIBLE the comparative reading, which is the main feature of The SWORD Project program !!!
In the service of the Lord,
Catalin N. Ravaru

Chris Little <chrislit la crosswire.org> wrote:

ingo7 wrote:
> Does it mean that versification schemes different than KJV will work
> under Sword? Like LXX?
> Will the Apocrypha be accessible? 

No (to all of these questions).

> And how could we help to publish polish Bibles (Biblia Gdanska:
> submitted twice) - should we apply original versification scheme (now it
> has been modified according to Bible.KJV)?

The problem is still that the beta area is not online (which will 
hopefully be fixed soon). Without the beta area, we cannot test. Without 
testing, we will not release.

If the test of the Biblia Gdanska that we were sent previously had 
modified versification, please resubmit with the original versification. 
The only alterations to source texts that we want are obvious 
corrections of errors (OCR errors, for example).

Sword still uses KJV versification, but we want the import tools to 
adjust the versification. This ensures that 1) we can re-import later if 
we discover errors in the import tool or when Sword can handle alternate 
versifications and 2) the location of any non-KJV verse will always be 
the previous valid KJV verse.

The problem with converting the versification system is that verses do 
not appear in the correct location to users who are actually familiar 
with that translation.



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