Fox Nation: Obama Misquotes Bible

Media Matters: Um, there's more than one version

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 4, 2011 5:40 PM CST

(Newser) Fox Nation is bashing President Obama for misquoting a Bible verse at yesterday's National Prayer Breakfast—and the lefty Media Matters is in turn accusing the site of biblical ignorance. "Somewhat ironically, while Fox Nation appears to be positioning themselves as the arbiters of authentic Christianity, they seem unfamiliar with the fact that there is more than one version of the Bible," writes Ben Dimiero.

  • Obama said this: "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."
  • Fox Nation, citing the King James Version, says it should be: "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."
  • Media Matters says Obama used the New International Version: "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."
  • The NIV verse isn't an exact match, but Obama didn't appear to be going for that, as per the full White House transcript: "... that we might remember, Kaye, the fact that 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."

President Obama speaks at Rec Hall on the Penn State University campus in State College, Pa., Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011.
President Obama speaks at Rec Hall on the Penn State University campus in State College, Pa., Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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