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Bible chapters and verses that I would change

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 I am not referring to the words of the Bible, but how these words were arranged in chapters and verses. I think many are okay, but there are several places I would change.

 For example:


 Colossians 4:1

 I would prefer to have Colossians chapter 3 continue beyond verse 25.

v. 18 "fitting in the Lord"

v. 20 "well-pleasing to the Lord"

v.  22 "fearing the Lord"

v. 23 "work heartily, as for the Lord"

v. 24 "it is the Lord Christ, whom you serve"


 As you can see the focus is on the Lord Jesus.[*1] Then Colossians 3 ends and in chapter 4 verse 1 it speaks of having Christ as our "Master" (kyrios) in heaven. I think this would have been better if it were not detached by the chapter headings with what was previously stated about Him. There are others who think that the chapter should have ended with 4:1.[*2] As much as I agree that 4:1 ought to be included in chapter 3, I also believe that it should extend even beyond it. As our Master in heaven we can devote ourselves to prayer unto Him (4:2) and to the Father (4:3). Perhaps 4:7 should have been the starting point of chapter 4.


[*1] Notice the emphasis on the Lordship of Christ from 3:17-3:24.


[*2] Several of these for this position include:

     a. Adam Carke: This verse should have been added to the preceding, to which it properly belongs; and this chapter should have begun with Colossians 4:2.


     b. John Eadie (Colossians 3:25): The division of chapters is here very unfortunate. The apostle, while he stooped to counsel the slave, was not afraid to speak to his master.



 I do not agree with John Gill in the bold face below. See my 2nd to the last sentence above.

     John Gill: This verse properly belongs to the preceding chapter, with which it should have been concluded. It is indeed strange, that those who made the division of chapters and verses should separate this from the former chapter, to which it so manifestly belongs, and begin a new one with it, when it has no connection with what follows; for the apostle having observed the duty of servants to their masters, proceeds to direct masters to the discharge of their duty to their servants, by giving them.




2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 should not have been separated from the end of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. In 2:16-17 a wish prayer is made to both the Father and the Lord Jesus. The theme of prayer is continued in 3:1. The Lord Jesus will continue to strengthen His believers in their worship of Him (2 Thessalonians 3:3; cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:17) by directing their hearts (2 Thessalonians 3:5). This directing as it relates to worship is used of both the Father and the Lord Jesus elsewhere (cf. 1 Thessalonians 3:11).


1 Peter 2:18 should have been the beginning of chapter 3, for in 3:1 when it reads "in the same way" it is referring back to 2:18. Furthermore, the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls (Christ) in 1 Peter 2:25 connects to Him as the Lord who sees us, hears us and answers our prayers (3:12; cf. 3:15).


 Revelation 1:17-18

 I would have included "and the living One" in verse 17 rather than having it break to verse 18. For having it coupled with Christ's claim of being "the first and the last" it would further emphasize His Supreme Deity.


 I can't think of any others at this time. Perhaps others may have some?

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