𝐀 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠.
𝐀 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬, 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬, 𝐤𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐞𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐧, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐮𝐩.
See what a difference a little comma makes?
Government warehouses long ago gave-up on teaching competent English (actual Math and honest History…) and instead graduate looters and statue-topplers with good vibes about their ignorance. A mediocre but fully funded future awaits them in some acronym’d bureaucracy, possibly the highway dept:Some ancient texts were also a little light on punctuation (and vowels), giving those scroll and quill scribes and your thumbsy teenage daughter something more in common than just funky footwear:
𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐚𝐦 𝐈 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞. 𝐏𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐦 𝟒𝟔:𝟏𝟎
Biblical Hebrew was also written backward, and who knows what they would have done with a comma had they had one.
Just the same, the comma is there or should be. It exists – put there by prescient English translators to clarify murky manuscripts, and found in most common and widely held Biblical versions:
ESV and, of course…
Yo, like relax dude, I am 𝐈 𝐀𝐌.
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And it matters. Black punctuation matters. Because conjunctions and punctuation are not interchangeable, but they are as equally essential as they are distinct. So, what’s the difference between a comma and grandma’s cat? Well…
A comma is a pause at the end of a clause.
Grandma’s cat eats, sleeps, and poops whenever he wants.
…kinda like conjunctions; and unlike commas, which are the steak and eggs of clear thought and concise meaning.
Because 𝐏𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐦 𝟒𝟔:𝟏𝟎 is not: 𝐁𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐆𝐨𝐝.
But rather: 𝐁𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥,
Comma. Pause here. Take a moment to reflect, and wait before moving on.
Your first reaction is probably more an over-reaction than a course of action. So, before you dial up those gossipy ladies of the back pew prayer chain, just stop. And in the solace of bended knee, think on this:
God already knows what the problem is. And He knows what the answer is before you even knew there was a problem. So..?
Take a deep breath
…𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐆𝐨𝐝.
Now let’s eat, grandma.
There’s a baggage check at the altar. Come as you are. Don’t leave the way you came.
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice
and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24