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Best "Devotional" I've read!,
This review is from: Isaiah by the Day: A New Devotional Translation (Daily Readings) (Hardcover)
So simple, yet so profound. I imagine this must be like the experience of those first reading the Puritan's Geneva Bible before the King James version appeared, ie, it is simply annotated notes alongside the Scripture, but what notes! Alec Motyer puts his many years of preaching and teaching the book of Isaiah, to good use.
The translation is his own, not necessarily "better" than NASB, ESV, NKJV or NIV, but certainly fresh, and as he says "as close to being a literal translation as the language allows whilst remaining readable".
Yes, there are some idiosyncracies of language that I wasn't as comfortable with as in the aforementioned translations, God's "exasperation" for his anger, for instance, but Motyer always explains his reasons for using these, and they certainly made me think more.
With such a complex book as Isaiah, it is very helpful to have the breakdown into four sections that Motyer suggests: Chs 1-5, Isaiah's preface; Chs 6-37, The Book of the King; Chs 38-55, The Book of the Servant; and Chs 56-66, The Book of the Conqueror. He of course expands this helpful outline. His depth of insight is profound.
His "Thoughts for the day" are not at all trite (as in so many devotionals), but always very helpful and relevant in understanding and applying the section covered.
My only caveats would be that we need to remember that these are man's notes and not Scripture! We always need to check everything and realise that there are other Scripturally valid interpretations for some sections. However I still award this five stars for the wonderful depth my quiet times have taken whilst reading it. I only hope he will do more, of the same style, for other books of the Prophets.