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Captain America vs. the Bible in battle of the quotes

Captain America #1, by Steve McNiven

Who spoke the inspirational words, “We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up”? Hint: It wasn’t Captain America. Really.

A new survey found that 63 percent of U.S. adults attributed the quote to Martin Luther King Jr., President George W. Bush …. or Marvel’s Sentinel of Liberty. It’s actually a Bible verse — 2 Corinthians 4:8, to be precise — taken from the Contemporary English Version.

In the survey of 2,572 Americans, conducted earlier this month on behalf of the American Bible Society, King came out on top, with 27 percent crediting the civil-rights leader with the quote. Just 12 percent correctly attributed it to the Bible, presumably meaning ol’ winghead trumped the Word.

It just goes to show you, as the Good Book says, “When Captain America throws his mighty shield, all those who chose to oppose his shield must yield.”



I suspect that the contemporary English threw them off. In the King James or even the New International version, it sounds much more Biblical: ” We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair”/ We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.”

It does sound like a Dubya quote. Not in content so much as in cadence.

Agree with Jennifer deG. The ‘Contemporary English Version’ is a really drab translation.

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