Thursday, May 19, 2011

Did Yoda Translate the King James Bible?

I went to a function at a local Baptist church a while back. During my visit I noticed a verse from the King James Bible that read:
"this do in remembrance of me." - Luke 22:19
I almost laughed out loud when I had the thought that it sounded like Yoda. It was then that I realized Yoda sounds more like King James English than modern-day English.

Then I found out that many Star Wars fanatics believe that George Lucas based Yoda's dialect off of the King James Bible. So, I decided to put together this list:
Top 10 Yodisms in the King James Bible.
Make sure you read in your best Yoda voice

  • 10 - "What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter." - John 13:7
  • 9 - "hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." - Revelation 3:11
  • 8 - "I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye." - 1 Corinthians 16:1
  • 7 - "Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days" - Daniel 1:12
  • 6 - "Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus." - Acts 19:4
  • 5 - "without him was not any thing made that was made." - John 1:3
  • 4 - "When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them" - Ezekiel 1:21
  • 3 - "And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:" - Luke 15:29
  • 2 - "Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:" - Acts 16:1
  • 1 - "this do in remembrance of me." - Luke 22:19

I still think the KJV is a better translation than the NAB.

5 comments:

The Okvist Family said...

and the Douay–Rheims Bible reins supreme! :-)

Mike the Geek said...

The NAB reads like something written by committee of government accountants...or "like something by government accountants written, it reads."

BTW - you very likely don't remember (nor should you), but some months ago in a comment box we had a discussion of Anglican sacraments. Just so you know, I recently entered into full communion with Benedict, Bishop of Rome, and Bechara Peter, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.

Sue said...

That's too funny!

Did you know that the character Yoda was based on a real Japanese professor named Yoda? I suppose Japanese people could be really offended if they knew how funny Yoda's speech is. I have never personally met a Japanese person who speaks English quite so backwards - in spite of the verb always coming last in a sentence in Japanese - and I've been living here for 16 years.

I suppose it's possible that the real Professor Yoda really did talk that way, though!

greg said...

How about
Matthew 6:34

New King James Version (NKJV)

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
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It's a great verse about trust and letting G-d. The first time I saw it, I labeled it the Yoda verse.

M Loriot said...

Great humor. Maybe the KJV only fight could be brought back to reality with a little more humor like this.
Yes, God promised to preserve his word in heaven, but he didn't promise to preserve the KJV. The point is people understanding what they're reading. Not all of us want Shakespearean English when we're trying to absorb and process. :-)
Yoda is cool!