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                                                                               How to Read The Alphachromatic Edition

                

 

 

The Alphachromatic Edition is, as the subtitle states, a visual commentary.  The color of the letters indicates whether God said the words you are reading or He inspired someone else to say them.  If the letters are blue, God said them as the Father.  If they are red, He said them as the Son.  If they are purple, He said them as the Holy Spirit.  If the letters are black, someone else said the words.

 

Most of the verse numbers are black.  However, in many instances, someone quotes God's voice.  In these situations, the verse numbers are colored.  For an example, see Acts 13:47:                   

    47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.  Is 49:6     

The blue verse number tells you that someone is quoting the Father's voice in this verse.  The blue letters tell you what the Father said, and the blue cross reference (Isaiah 49:6) tells you where He originally said it.  Similarly, a red verse number signals a quote of God speaking as the Son, and a purple verse number indicates a quote of God speaking as the Holy Spirit. 

 

There are situations in which the Son quotes the Father.  See Matthew 5:27:                                        

      27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:  Ex 20:14

Here, the words are all red, since God is speaking as the Son; but the verse number and cross reference are blue, since He originally spoke some of these words as the Father in Exodus 20:14. 

 

Similarly, the Holy Spirit quotes the Father in Hebrews 3:8-11:    

     8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:  Ps 95:8

     9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.  Ps 95:9

    10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.  Ps 95:10

    11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)  Ps 95:11

Here, the words are all purple, since God is speaking as the Holy Spirit; but the verse numbers and cross references are blue, since He originally spoke those words as the Father in Psalm 95:8-11. 

 

The Father even quotes Himself in II Chronicles 7:18:                                                                                                                                           

    18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.

Here, the verse number, the words He spoke, and the cross reference are all blue.                                                                                                                Ps 132:12

 

Since the Son quotes Himself in Luke 4:18,19, everything is in red:

    18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach    

         deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  Is 61:1

    19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  Is 61:2

 

In a few cases, especially in Paul's writings, a quote attributed to God is not recorded elsewhere in Scripture.  See Acts 26:14-18: 

    14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for

         thee to kick against the pricks.  Acts 9:4, 5

    15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.  Acts 9:5

    16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, 

         and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

    17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,  Acts 9:15

    18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among

         them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Here, Paul is retelling his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.  Acts 26:14,15, and 17 contain quotes of Jesus from Acts 9:4,5, and 15.  However, Acts 26:16 and 18 are new to us.  These words did not appear in the original account, but Paul attributes them to Jesus.  If we remember what John said in John 21:25 (“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”),  we can confidently assume that Jesus did in fact say them, and that this was the first time they were recorded.  Therefore, the letters are red with a black verse number and no cross reference.                                                                  

 

A similar example involving God as the Father is I Samuel 24:4:

     4 And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him 

        as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily.

Since this was not recorded elsewhere, there is no cross reference to list; but we must assume that God did say these words as the Father.

 

God often repeats Himself, especially in the Books of the Law, the Books of History, and the Gospels.  In these passages, the letters are colored, but there are no colored verse numbers or cross references.  For an example, compare II Samuel 24:12,13 to I Chronicles 21:10-12:

  II Samuel 24:12,13:

     12 Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.

     13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine

          enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days' pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.

  I Chronicles 21:10-12: 

     10 Go and tell David, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things: choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.

     11 So Gad came to David, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Choose thee

     12 Either three years' famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of

          the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. Now therefore advise thyself what word I

          shall bring to him that sent me.

 

Occasionally, words that were previously spoken by God are not attributed to Him.  In such instances, the letters and verse numbers are not colored, and there are no cross references.  For an example, see Ephesians 4:25:

     25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Here, Paul restates the Father’s words from Zechariah 8:16 (“…speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour…”) without giving Him credit.

 

At times, quotes are falsely attributed to God.  For an example, see Mark 14:57-59:  

     57 And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying,

     58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

     59 But neither so did their witness agree together.

Although Jesus did say, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. in John 2:19, these false witnesses were maliciously misquoting the Son in Mark 14:58.  Therefore, the letters remain black.