Henry Hammond - Sample Verses

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Hammond printed the Authorized Version and then a paraphrase (when necessary).

Mark 1:9-13

9(AV) And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
(Hammond) no paraphrase

10(AV) And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
(Hammond) And instantly after his baptisme, as he came up from the river, he beheld a parting of the heavens, and opening of the clouds, and the spirit of God hovering over him, as a dove doth, when it descends and lights upon any thing.

11(AV) And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
(Hammond) And there came a voice from heaven through the clouds directed to Christ, in these words, Thou are &c.

12(AV) And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
(Hammond) no paraphrase

13(AV) And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
(Hammond) And having fasted in the desert forty days, Satan then set upon him to tempt him, and after he had done tempting him, he left him in the wilderness among none but wild beasts, and there the Angels came, and brought him food.

John 1:1-5

1(AV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2(AV) The same was in the beginning with God.
(Hammond) In the beginning of the world before all time, before any thing was created, the son of God had a subsistence, and that subsistence with his Father, of whom he was begotten from all eternity, and was himself eternal God, and being by his Father in his eternal purpose design’d to be the Messias, who was among the Jews known by the title the Word of God, he is here express’d by that title, The word.

3(AV) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
(Hammond) This eternal word of God I mean by which all things were at first created.

4(AV) In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
(Hammond) He brough with him that doctrine which is worthily called life, because if leads to holy life here, such as God will be sure to accept of through Christ, and to reward eternally (whereas the law was the bringing in of death) and this vivisicall doctrine was the means designed by God to lead and enlighten all mankind, especially the Jews, to tell them their duty, and therefore is called the light of life.

5(AV) And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
(Hammond) Though through the darkness of mens hearts, the greatest part of the Jews themselves had no fruit of benefit by it.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8

1(AV) Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
(Hammond) As to that great heresie of some among you that deny the resurrection, I shall now speake the very same which at my first preaching the Gospel among you I taught, and which ye then embraced, and for some time, till these Gnostick false teachers crept in among you, ye never made question of,

2(AV) By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
(Hammond) By which also you were converted & fetch’d out from the midst of the Gentile world, after what manner, if your memory serve you, I delivered the story to you with all the circumstances and explication of difficulties, unless your believing and receiving the Gospel were light and rash and inconsiderate, or unless what you then received be now quite vanished.

3(AV) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
(Hammond) For one of the principall things which I told you, and which I my self had learned at my first believing the Gospel, was this, that as Christ died for our sins,

4(AV) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
(Hammond) And his body was laid in the grave, so on the third day, according to the prophecies of the scripture, he rose from the grave,

5(AV) And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
(Hammond) And after his rising appeared to Peter, and then to the whole college of disciples, consisting formerly of twelve, and so soon after again, though now one of them was missing.

6(AV) After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
(Hammond) After that he was seen in Galilee by neer five hundred believers or Christians at one time, of whom a great part are now still alive ready to testifie it, but some of them are dead.

7(AV) After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
(Hammond) Besides all these, he was, presently after his resurrection, seen by James the Bishop of Jerusalem, then by all the twelve Apostles,

8(AV) And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
(Hammond) And after his ascension to heaven he spake from thence, and exhibited himself to be seen by me, who before had not seen him, being not a disciple of his then, but after his ascension converted by him, and received through his special favour into the number of his Apostles, though most unworthy of that dignity.


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