A few years ago I was sitting in church minding my own business when all of a sudden it was time to “turn in our bibles to Isaiah chapter such and such, verse such and such.”
Ok, no problem, here I go.
As I’m flipping through and NOT finding Isaiah anywhere I kind of start to freak out a little. Maybe a little sweat developed on my upper lip, maybe not. I have been reading the Bible for years. I know where Isaiah is right? That HUGE book right smack dab in the middle of the Bible. How am I not finding it? Am I a horrible Bible reader? Everyone else seems to have found it. I can’t possibly have to go to the table of contents to figure out where it is do I? I guess I do. This is ridiculous. Who decided to preach on this subject anyway? Oh, ok page 566. There it is.
Wait. I don’t have a page 566. Ummmmmm….
So if I read that table of contents correctly, it goes Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah. Not so in this Bible. Nope. A whole book is flat out missing.
Nothing had ben ripped out. And from the picture above, the page numbers just skip ahead. All 60 some odd pages just completely MIA. I told the people I was sitting with- after service of course, didn’t want to be rude- and we all got a good hearty laugh out of it. I remember telling my mom about it shortly thereafter and she of course wanted to send me a new one right away (she had gifted me the defunct Bible). But being as I already had another
twelve five Bibles at home that mom had given me throughout my life, I let her know I would be fine and I’m sure I can find Isaiah in at least one of the other Bibles.
And being the smarty pants that I am I decided to update the intro to the Bible to make sure it was accurately reflecting the actual state of the Bible instead of what it claimed.
And, in what is probably some equivalent to some sort of divine humor, I spelled Isaiah wrong while I was trying to be all smarty pants.
Cinnamon – 0, God- a million.
I started using an Apologetics Bible but its kind of big and cumbersome, so lately I decided to use this Bible again since its light and flexible. A few weeks ago I was thumbing through said Bible again doing one of my morning #SheReadsTruth devotionals when lo and behold I found this.
Not one but TWO Jeremiah’s. I went past Jeremiah and then was still thumbing through and found ANOTHER Jeremiah.
There are also two Lamentations with one page missing out of one of them. This Bible is a HOT MESS. Somehow the printing got completely messed up and I bet out there somewhere there is a Bible that has two Isaiah’s and no Jeremiah or Lamentations in it. Wouldn’t it be crazy if the person who had THAT Bible had a blog and blogged about their crazy Bible too and somehow we were to find each other and reunite our Bibles in perfect harmony? Ok that just got weird. I know.
So anyway, I decide to be done with all this craziness and went and got me a new Bible. One that was the size I like and is flexible and easy to read. I found the perfect one. And what do you know it has one Isaiah and one of every other book its supposed to have. Thank you Lord.