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Old Jul 9, '07, 7:13 pm
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Default What does "cf." stand for in a Bible quote?

Here is one example: In the July issue of MAGNIFICAT, on page 112, there is a Bible quote which reads, The Lord will give me freedom and peace. (cf. Ps 55:19)

What does the "cf." stand for?
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Default Re: What does "cf." stand for in a Bible quote?

It's an abbreviation for the Latin word confer which means, "Compare." When it occurs in a BIble, it's generally referring you to another passage that's being quoted or referenced in the text.

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Old Jul 9, '07, 7:48 pm
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Hi,

I'm a bit confused and need further education regarding "cf.":

If Psalm 55:19 reads, "God will give ear, and humble them, he who is enthroned from of old; because they keep no law, and do not fear God." What has this Bible passage have to do with "The Lord will give me freedom and peace"? And why would Ps 55:19 be attributed to "The Lord will give me freedom and peace" when Psalm 55:19 states otherwise?

Thanks for clearing this up for me!

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Old Jul 9, '07, 9:36 pm
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Default Re: What does "cf." stand for in a Bible quote?

Can you give us a cite on the original verse?

This is a puzzling question. There must be quite a bit of play in the translation - my NRSV is pretty similar to your translation:
"God, who is enthroned from of old, will hear, and will humble them - because they do not change, and do not fear God."

On the other hand, the NAB does seem to bear a relation to the other verse:

Psalm 55:19
"God will give me freedom and peace from those who war against me, though there are many who oppose me."
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Hi,

I'm a bit confused and need further education regarding "cf.":

If Psalm 55:19 reads, "God will give ear, and humble them, he who is enthroned from of old; because they keep no law, and do not fear God." What has this Bible passage have to do with "The Lord will give me freedom and peace"? And why would Ps 55:19 be attributed to "The Lord will give me freedom and peace" when Psalm 55:19 states otherwise?

Thanks for clearing this up for me!

Therese
## Strange as it may seem, both and are translations of the same verse The difference arises from corruption in the text of the Hebrew: there are other suggestions for amending it in addition to the two you've found.

See also: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...=49;49;47;46;9;

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Default Re: What does "cf." stand for in a Bible quote?

I thought these letters meant "cited from."

In the CCC, some referenced Bible verses in the footnotes are preceded by Cf, while the others aren't. It seems that those quoted with Cf in the footnote is merely a portion of the entire referenced verse, while those quoted in full are not preceded by Cf in the footnote.
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