Lies in our Bible Versions Concerning Women

   Blatant mistranslations regarding women, are nothing short of outright lies in our Bible versions. As often as misogynistic translators write women out of the Bible, in places where they are clearly present [in the original languages], these same translators, place women within negative contexts in places where they are absent from the Greek and Hebrew texts. 
   1 Timothy 4:7 is such an instance.

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales --NIV
But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women --NASB
Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales --NLT
but refuse profane and old wives’ fables --ASV
and the profane and old women's fables reject  --YLT
But profane and old wives' fables avoid --DBY
But refuse profane and old wives' fables --WEB
But refuse profane and old wives' fables --KJV

   The Greek word, graōdēs [Strong's G1126], frequently translated as "old wives" or "old women's" tales, occurs only once in the New Testament, and is more likely to be incorrectly translated than not. 
   As we look from one Bible version to another, the translations go from bad to worse. In the King James Version, the word is translated as “old wives” fables. It is the same in the NIV. 
   The translation becomes even more despicable in the NASB, where elderly women are so disrespected, by the translators—not in the Greek [written by Paul]—that “old women” are portrayed as **“fit” for worldly fables (or, as the NIV correctly calls them—"godless myths” [“profane” fables in the KJV]).  
   Really? Aged women deserve to believe in (are "fit" for) profane, godless, myths? 
   That is what the the NIV and NASB translations say. 
  Though misogynistic Bible translators demonstrate contempt for women, it is certain, the apostle did not. No doubt, he had many elderly women in his congregations, of whom he had instructed believers to treat as mothers. To insult them, as gender-biased-Bible-translators do, would not only have been repugnant to the apostle, but would also have been rebellion against God, who commands his people to honor both mother and father and to treat all people with respect, most especially the elderly. 
   But such is the prevalence of translator prejudice against women, that the misogynistic translation of this verse survives and continues to be accepted in most of our English Bibles to this day.  
   Surprisingly, the ESV, which admits to being a complementarian (patriarchal) version, follows the lead of the RSV, and, comes close to translating the word “graōdēs” correctly. The ESV, does not associate the word directly with women, but it does so, indirectly. Expositors have traditionally associated graōdēs with women, hence, both the RSV the ESV render the word as “silly.” 
   The word “silly” can certainly not be applied to profane and godless myths—these are detestable and dangerous. The word “silly,” can apply to clowns. And, in some instances, the word can apply to playful, childish, interactions between adults and between children and adults. 
   The word, silly, is never used in regards to the actions of [or interactions between] men. But it is inappropriately, but commonly, used to describe behavior and ideas of post-adolescent girls and adult women
   Using such words, loads the language against women and girls, and it perpetuates gender-bias in the human psyche. 
   In 1 Timothy 4:7, the word “gullible” is associated with women, but the word is not found, nor is it suggested, in the Greek Majority Text. Never-the-less, the NET translates the word, graōdēs, as “gullible:” "But reject those myths **fit only for the godless and gullible ..." 
   There is one other place in the New Testament where the word “silly” is a mistranslation associated with women. In this case, also, the mistranslation is easily shown to be caused by anti-woman bias. 
   Traditionally, women and men have quietly accepted misogyny coming from pulpits, Sunday School teachers, Christian resource materials, Bible translators, and lexicons, but passive acquiescence in that regard, is changing.   

 **No one, is “fit” for profane and godless myths.

1 Timothy 4:7  But reject profane and graōdēs foolish myths and exercise yourselves rather to godliness --HHBC

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