Monthly Archives: June 2014

New Translated Music Blog


I’ve just started a new blog of Christian music I’ve translated from Japanese to English. Pastoring a bilingual church here in Japan, I’ve translated a few hundred in one direction or the other. I’ll be starting another one in Japanese … Continue reading

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June 19, 2014


Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Many times we make plans and then ask the Lord for His stamp of approval, but I don’t think that’s what this verse is talking about. … Continue reading

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June 18, 2014


Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor. The Bible has many verses that connect wisdom with fearing the Lord, but this one implies a process. The Japanese renders the first half … Continue reading

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June 17, 2014


Proverbs 15:8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him. This is essentially a statement about hypocrisy. An evil person can go through all the right external motions and still not be … Continue reading

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June 16, 2014


Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. This verse has been true from time immemorial, and certainly for the 3000 years since it was written. However, through the ages people have tried to … Continue reading

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June 15, 2014


Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. This is a well-known verse, but I don’t recall noticing before that the Japanese says “straight” where the English says … Continue reading

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June 14, 2014


Proverbs 14:2 He whose walk is upright fears the Lord, but he whose ways are devious despises him. “Upright” and “devious” are accurate enough translations, but the contrast is a little clearer in the more literal Japanese translation: “He who … Continue reading

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June 13, 2014


Proverbs 13:24 He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him. Talk about something that has been discarded from society! This verse has been paraphrased as, “He who spares the rod … Continue reading

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June 12, 2014


Proverbs 13:6 Righteousness guards the man of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner. It should go without saying, but sin is destructive. It should go without saying, but so often we don’t want to believe it. We can recognize self-destructive … Continue reading

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June 11, 2014


Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality. This truth has been recognized at least since the days of Solomon, but the problem is, no one is perfectly righteous. This actually is the … Continue reading

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