What Do Yinz Think?

Posted: May 30, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Unlike some languages, like Spanish, which has differentiating words for second personal singular/plural pronouns, the English language uses the word “you” to refer to one individual or a group of people. This can be confusing sometimes, especially if one does not read the Bible carefully. For example, in the ESV Jeremiah 29:11 reads like this: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” This is a popular verse because people apply it to their own life and believe the promise from God is to give them a bright and hopeful future. Although this might be true in a person’s life, this verse is not a promise from God for them. The “you’s” in this verse are plural indicating that God is speaking to the nation of Israel as a whole. This is a perfect example of why we shouldn’t pull our favorite verses out of context without understanding the whole.

I use Chrome for my web browser and recently came across this little plug-in. When I go to a Bible site for reading or studying it will change the second personal pronoun “you” into a local dialect. For example, if you live in Texas, you can change it to to read “Ya’ll” every time the plural version of “you” appears. In Pittsburgh, when you are talking to a group of people you say “yinz.” Therefore, in Pittsburgh, one could read Jeremiah 29:11 like this: “For I know the plans I have for yinz, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give yinz a future and a hope.”  Since we are moving to Pittsburgh soon I have decided to install this plugin in order to get used to hearing the word “yinz.” I have also found it helpful because I can clearly see the instances of when the word “you” is supposed to be read in the plural and not in the singular. I don’t see this plug-in changing the way English is spoken, but it’s still a fun little way to help us understand God’s Word a little better.

  1. greggfriend says:

    Yinz are going to a great champion city! When yinz moving? Hope you get to see some stiller games. I just bought an old house up der for vacations.

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