I was intrigued by a report by the BBC about Kanye West changing his name to “Ye”.
The reason he gives in the article is:
“I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means ‘you,'” West said earlier this year, discussing his album title with radio host Big Boy.
The problem is that this isn’t true!
Assuming the use of the Authorised Version (“ye” doesn’t appear in some recent translations) then the word “ye” occurs 3,985 times.
“The” is the most common at just over 64,000.
Other pronouns which occur more frequently are:
- he (10,431)
- I (8,853)
- his (8,478)
- they (7,377)
- him (6,667)
- thou (5,474)
- thy (4,603)
- my (4,367)
- me (4,096)
My point isn’t to criticise Kayne West – I don’t know where he obtained his information or if anyone was advising him – but it is to raise the importance of being sure what the Bible says.
I think there are at least two areas where this is very important:
- For those of us who believe the Bible is inspired by God, helps us understand and appreciate who Jesus is, shows us how we can live in relationship with God and provides guidance and direction for living – it is vital that we understand what it says and don’t make assumptions
- To be able to respond to things people claim to be in the Bible and are not – as sometimes people “quote the Bible” incorrectly to make a point which it doesn’t support or to suggest problems with the Christian faith
Now – as much or even more than it has ever been – there is a need for those of us who believe the Bible reveals God to us to study it, to understand it, and to apply it properly.
As the apostle Paul said: