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Edit: John 14:2

posted Jan 9, 2014, 3:10 PM by William Masopust   [ updated Jan 10, 2014, 10:12 AM ]

Traditionally, this text is rendered as, "In my Father's house there are many mansions..." I am going to harp on the word, mansions, in this text. Mansions comes from the Latin word, mansiones. Using the word, mansions, does not convey a proper thought to current speakers of English. Granted, the Latin word can be translated into home or abode (that would be a long obsolete use of the word), but it is typically translated into mansion. A current definition of mansion is, a large, impressive house. I do not believe that was the original intent with the use of that word in the Latin Vulgate. I believe abode, or even the idea of a house, was intended. This seems to be more in line with the Greek word, mone (mon-ay'), which is used here. The Strong's Concordance gives this as the definition for mone: "a staying, i.e. residence (the act or the place)." When we go to the Lord, passing from this life to the next, we are not simply given a house, or even a large, impressive house. We are given a place to stay or reside for eternity. Therefore, I have updated John 14:2 to read as, "In my Father's house there are many places to reside..."

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