Psalm 12, like plenty of other Psalms have both a Davidic-historical-general mode of interpretation, as well as a prophecy-future-specific fulfilment.
Psalm 12:7 “this generation for ever.”
This can mean from David’s time in the first way of interpreting. But we must remember, the Scripture is from the Holy Ghost: you shouldn’t just limit it to the milieu, perspective, culture, time, context or mindset of David.
It is my belief that foundational to the return of Christ (without getting into a debate about the specifics of that), there needs to be first the perfect text and translation in a Bible version common for the world, and a restoration thereof.
Ac 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
The first step in God’s restitution, before Jesus comes (read the passage in Acts 3) is that obvious His Word needs to be restored, and that included the idea of having knowledge of the exact words (the text), the the exact sense (the translation), etc., and that we are bereft of options (the modernists are against this idea) leaving the only contender fitting in on every level and in every way being the King James Bible.
At this time, the main Presbyterian Church in Geelong has shut down. Divine Providence is not favouring that cause, it seems. At one time, the King James Bible was being used there, even (no doubt) Pure Cambridge Editions published by William Collins!
In all honesty, the charismatic and Pentecostal churches are merely in maintenance mode (despite any of their bluster, swings and roundabouts — though, not all). All the entertainment, carnal Christianity, social programs, slick advertising and worldliness is no aid to those who compromise therewith (there is genuine Word of Faith and Traditional Pentecostalism).
The only solution is a Biblically-based Spirit moving: the Word and Spirit movement.
Isa 42:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
Isa 42:22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
Isa 42:23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
Some modern version supporters claim that they need to know the Middle Eastern culture in order to understand the Bible, and in such a way which differs to traditional Protestant interpretations.
Instead of believing the Bible “as is”, the dangerous trend of trying to “contextualise” it to ancient near eastern culture is a tool of modernists to explain away and keep the Bible from being able to communicate to today properly by the providence of God.
God is actually smart. He can have something written by the hand of Moses which speaks to every generation without these convoluted (claimed “hundreds”) examples of this kind of scripture twisting and wresting.
In an article attempting to uphold a proper, Protestant view of Scripture, Answers in Genesis introduce the terminology of a non-Christian religion.
The following non-Christian words are used:
What is ironic is that this article contains criticism of first century Judaism and of Higher Criticism, yet employs the very language in line with what it supposedly is refuting. Also, using a modern version, particularly one of the worst paraphrases, does not add any credibility to an argument about trying to maintain doctrinal standards in regards to the inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration of Scripture. It becomes transparently hypocritical to claim to be standing for truth and yet embracing the words of a different religion and/or heretical movement.
Everyone knows David killed Goliath, right? Well, apparently, not everyone. Some modern versions claim that another man, Elhanan, killed Goliath. They say at 2 Samuel 21:19:
“And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, struck down Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.” (ESV).
“There was war with the Philistines again at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.” (NASB).
“And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim the Beth-lehemite slew Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.” (ASV).
“And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Beth-lehemite slew Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.” (RV).
At this verse, the King James Bible rightly says, “And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.” (KJB).
David killed Goliath. Elhanan killed Goliath’s brother.