Obama and Isaiah 40:31

Leave it to Fox News to LEAD OFF their story about Obama’s speech at yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast with the fact that he misquoted Isaiah 40:31.

But they are right about the botched verse:

President Obama misquoted a familiar Bible verse during a faith-based address at the National Prayer Breakfast.
“Those who wait on the Lord will soar on wings like eagles, and they will run and not be weary, and they will walk and not faint,” the president said during a speech to several thousand people at the breakfast.

But the actual passage, from Isaiah 40:31, states: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

See our coverage of the speech here and here.

3 thoughts on “Obama and Isaiah 40:31

  1. Actually, Obama did not quote the NIV correctly either:

    Obama: Those who wait on the Lord will soar on wings like eagles, and they will run and not be weary, and they will walk and not faint”

    NIV: but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

    Close enough in my opinion and, as my post makes clear, I can't believe FOX actually used the botched verse as its headline.

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  2. By “misquoted” Fox obviously means: “used the New International Version translation, and left out four words without saying, 'dot dot dot,' and we don't like him at all—oops, did I say that out loud? We're fair and balanced! We're fair and balanced!”

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