When is Poetry Poetry?
In Titus 1:12, Paul quotes a line from the Cretan poet Epimenides. The
NRSV rendering, "Cretans are always liars, vicious brutes, lazy gluttons," is
accurate enough, but it is definitely not poetry. The translators of the ISV believe there
is a real difference between prose and poetry, and that, insofar as possible, poetry
should be poetry:
Liars ever, men of Crete,
Savage brutes that live to eat.
Wouldnt you agree?