Inspiration is Not ‘Polish,’ but ‘Breath’

“The words ‘given by inspiration of God’ (v. 16) are (rightly) reduced in NIV, ESV to one word, ‘God-breathed’. Divine inspiration is not a subsequent ‘polish’ or ‘enhancement’ given to an originally human production. The Scriptures began as truth God himself ‘breathed out’ and which was then brought to the Church through his chosen agents, and through them received its genuine human colorations without losing anything of its divine origin and quality.” Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament


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