Coals of Fire
- Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves,
but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written,
Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him;
if he thirst, give him drink:
for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:19-21 KJV
It has been my feeling for a long time that we should not worry about understanding the more difficult parts of the Bible until after we have obeyed the parts that are crystal clear. Since I have personally not yet accomplished this, I have never been in a position to say, "Lord, I will follow your word when I can understand it", but rather, "Help me to follow that which I understand."
This does not resolve the dilemma of a Bible translator, however, so I would be interested in hearing what one does with the 'coals of fire.'
It is also interesting to note that every single modern translation that I checked adds a word not in the Greek text, so that verse 19 reads 'wrath of God' in English, rather than just 'wrath' as in Greek.
Note: Byzantine Greek Beta Font from Vernon Kooy. For more info on this font see my bookshelf. Someone must have mentionned Byzantine texts recently. :-) Click on image to enlarge. This image portrays some of the 650 letters and ligatures available in this font. It is simply the best resource I have seen on Byzantine Greek ligatures.