Hi Noah (@noah-cochran),
I do compare versions regularly. Check out the online Blue Letter Bible which has a selector giving access to all versions including the Textus Receptus and KJV.
Each verse has a Bibles link that shows a linear comparison of verses in each of the prominent translations. There is also an Interlinear which is correlated to the KJV and Strong’s lexicon. Also, there are audio commentaries of passages of scripture from biblical expositors such as the late J. Vernon McGee, Chuck Smith, etc.
It is a wonderful resource.
Typically what happens, having studied the Scripture for many years, the Lord brings to my mind Scriptures I have read and studied and listened to sermons on.
But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. [John 14:26 KJV]
The verses arise when I am in a discussion and I go back to them often and re-read them gaining more insight as I compare them with other verses.
God Word moves to accomplish God’s will, even when we may not recognize it or have the best motives when we deliver it. Jonah certainly did not want Ninevah to repent, but when he preached God’s judgment, the city repented.
For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky, and doesn’t return there, but waters the eretz, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. [Isaiah 55:10-11 HNV]
Here is the basic truth. I cannot be accountable for how Lona responds to the truth. God is the One who must draw her to Himself. He is the Lord of the Harvest and the only One that can cause her to see what has been put before her even in the form of a challenge. In the theater of ideas, I believe Lona is tough enough to handle the idea challenges I have planted in the field before her. I hope you can join me in the watering of those seeds, but we must let Lona choose what she will do about them.
So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. [1 Corinthians 3:7 KJV]
Brian Stansell (aka O'Brian of the Surface World)
I was born in war.
Fighting from my first breath.