I’m beginning to read the little numbers and their footnotes in my New American Standard Bible and swap out the words the translators have put in to make the English nicer in an effort to read what is literally there in the original language. (Literal words are underlined.)
The literal words take it back to the cultural context a bit more.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
And the Lord said, “If you have faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would have obeyed you.
“Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and recline to eat’?
But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and gird yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and after these things you will eat and drink’?
He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he?
So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done that which we ought to have done.'”
Now, to ponder…