House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shared a Bible verse at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities conference Wednesday, but according to theology professors, the verse she shared is not in the Bible.
“And I can’t find it in the Bible, but I quote it all the time and I keep reading and reading the Bible,” Pelosi said. “I know it’s there someplace. It’s supposed to be in Isaiah. But I heard a bishop say, ‘To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God made us.’ It’s there somewhere in some words or another, but certainly the spirit of it is there.”
Whitworth University associate professor of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Will Kynes said the verse does not exist, according to Slate. The closest version was found in Proverbs 14:31, he said. Greg MaGee, a Taylor University associate professor, also said the verse from Proverbs is the closest to Pelosi’s. (RELATED: Students Sue School District Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Bible Ban)
“Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honor him,” was the most approximate version of what Pelosi said, according to Kynes, Slate reported.
This is not the first time Pelosi shared the quote. Pelosi used the phrase in an April, 21, 2018, Earth Day press release.
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