Richard Wurmbrand is one of my heroes. He was tortured and imprisoned in Romania for his religious teachings. To help with his sanity, he wrote essays like this one- using only paper and pencil and his well-furnished mind.
Scripture avoids telling the complete story of certain wrong actions. In Genesis 35:22, the word “it” is written in italics, a style used whenever the translators have added something to the original text. In Hebrew this sentence remains incomplete: “Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine; and
We would expect to be told the details of the incest and of the terrible clash between father and son which must have followed. However, the Masoretes (Jewish teachers who established rules for writing the Old Testament) left a blank space in the Hebrew text after the words “
The Bible also avoids the use of epithets. The Jewish historian Josephus Flavius of the first century wrote that Pilate was a corrupt and cruel mass-murderer. We know from the Talmud that the high priest of Jesus’ time were merchants more than servants of God, stooges of the Roman empire, who obtained their high positions through bribes. But the Bible gives no reproach against the personal lives of Caiaphas and Pilate. It tells only what they did to Jesus. The Gospel writers did not consider it their calling to publicly denounce their sins.
We know from historical sources that the lives of the whole Herodian dynasty were debauchery. The Gospels report only the minimum about their dealings with the children in
We, who delight in every defect we discover in an adversary, can benefit by emulating the Bible’s use of euphemisms and silence.
(Wurmbrand, Richard., 100 Prison Meditations Cries of Truth from Behind the Iron Curtain, Living Sacrifice Books, Bartlesville, OK, 1982, pgs 48-49)