David Capes, one of the scholars and writers for The Voice, a new Bible translation that reads like a story with all of the truth and wisdom of God's Word, answered a question about Bible verses and chapters. Are they inspired?
We recently had a fan of The Voice Bible email us to say that we had left out a verse. He told us to look at Acts 19 and see that there was no verse 7. My first thought was, “that’s impossible.” You see we had about a dozen people checking and rechecking those kinds of things. At one point I counted 14 levels of review from start to finish. My second thought was, “I better check this out!”
Well, I have slept several times since we finished Acts and couldn’t remember exactly what we had done. Frank Couch and I looked at the text—we were together at the Justice Conference in Portland at the time. As I turned to Acts 19, it became clear to me what we had done. We combined Acts 19:1 and 19:7 because there is a single detail in what is traditionally known as verse 7 which makes better narrative sense early in the story. Note too that we put a footnote at the bottom of the page to indicate why we made that editorial decision.