Matt. 22:16 - Does God care for no one?
Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any [man]: for thou regardest not the person of men. (KJV)I have boldfaced the wordings I am concerned about in this post. The KJV and RSV use some meaning sense of the word "care" which I am unfamiliar with. I am not even able to find it in my dictionary.
Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men. (RSV)
Someone reading either of these wordings could get the idea that God doesn't care for people. And yet most of us know, at least cognitively, that he actually does. Some of us have memorized that great verse, 1 Peter 5:7:
Casting all your care upon him [God]; for he careth for you. (KJV)1 Peter 5:7 makes it clear that God does care for us. So, I assume, that the word "care" is used with a different intended meaning in Matt. 22:16 from its use in 1 Peter 5:7 in the KJV and RSV.
Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you. (RSV)
The ESV only mildly revises wordings of the RSV which do not have to do with removing perceived liberal biases in the RSV. But Matt. 22:16 is one place where the ESV makes ordinary good literary revision of the RSV:
Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.The ESV retains the word "care" but it now has a meaning which all English speakers today know. Notice also that the ESV increases the accuracy of the RSV: the ESV has "anyone" instead of RSV "man." "No man" is no longer an accurate translation of the Greek indefinite pronoun oudenos for most English speakers.