Today, Chris, one of our foreign staff, was preaching the message at church. As we’re moving through the Bible story by story, today found us with Jacob and Esau. You know the story about the birthright sold for a bowl of stew?


WELL… When Chris said in English that Jacob was making stew when Esau came in from hunting, the kids began to snicker. I wondered if Kizito, who was translating, had said something funny, because that phrase in itself wasn’t exactly meant to be humorous.
Chris went on to share that Esau was so hungry from being out in the fields all day that he begged Jacob to give him some stew to eat. Again Kizito translated, and this time, the kids began to laugh hysterically!
Chris went on to explain the birthright, but the kids continued laughing. So, I decided to stop Kizito and ask him what word he was using for the translation of the word stew.
Uh-oh. As I suspected, stew had been misunderstood. Kizito thought Chris was saying stool – you know – as in – uh – feces. Oh dear!
Everyone had a great belly laugh when we explained that Jacob had been making SOUP not STOOL.
I’m glad we caught that one. Imagine what a whacked out story that would have been!

About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

3 responses »

  1. Jewel says:

    Very interesting! One Sunday I was in Ecuador and an English pastor (who could speak Spanish rather well), accidentally mis-translated himself and said “Make your sisters pregnant,” instead of “Hug your sister!” Rather humorous..

  2. YWAM Arua says:

    That is funny!! I can just hear it! Even in English it can get mixed up, eh? My friend was asking Aidan what he was studying in school, and he said, ‘Maths’ and she asked what about maths, and he said, “Sets” and they were driving so my friend didn’t hear him very well and said, “Sex?! They’re teaching you about THAT in Maths?!!” Crazy world!

  3. Wow. Crazy Story, the things that get lost in translation in Africa.Miss you guys, give my love to everyone!

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