Your Take: Comments on misquoting the Bible
June 6th, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Your Take: Comments on misquoting the Bible

Our Sunday post about oft-quoted biblical lines that don't actually appear in the Bible struck a chord, with 5,000 comments so far.

Lots of atheists and critics of religion used the piece to ridicule believers, taking several different lines of attack. Here are a two:

Because most people would prefer to be ignorant rather than think for themselves. That is what the whole of organized religion is based on, especially Christianity and Catholicism. Organized religion has never done anything good for humanity in history.

Atheism is Great!
Actually, the bible is nothing more than a collection of stories and moralities written by human beings thousands of years ago who's max age was maybe 30, who thought the Earth was flat, and who did not have access to scientific or medical science/information. It's not from "god" people, god doesn't exist either. Whatever helps you get through your life I guess. I personally don't need that crutch. Have a nice day.

There was also more nuanced criticism of organized religion, with some commenters arguing that the prevalence of biblical misquotes suggested that religious folk have been overly dependent on religious authorities for a long time:

The point to remember here is that just up until very recently, the masses believed whatever their clergy told them. They either didn't have the skills to read (for whatever reason), or simply didn't believe they should read the bible themselves.

I once asked an elderly Catholic where her bible was ... (I love old books and thought her bible would be a real treat to look at ... ) She was horrified that I thought she'd even HAVE one ... Her thought, at the age of 90, was that Catholics are not supposed to read the bible on their own. It was their job to believe what the Father told them, and it was the Father's job to know the bible.

So many times it's either just plain ignorance, or the situation that they come from (IE: can't read, etc) that produces these types of situations. Thankfully we're coming out of those situations, if only little by little.

All the criticism of religion brought out plenty of faithful. One responded to Amanda, the religion critic whose comment is above:

Really, Amanda? I would encourage you to try to prove your statement about no good ever coming from organized religion. I can think of a few well-known and recent organized religionists who have done quite a bit of good – Mother Theresa, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandhi. I can also think of a few anti-religious people who have done a lot of bad – Stalin, Mao, Hitler. "Never" is a big word.

Others believers lobbed ad hominem  attacks on atheists:

Bottom line
Atheists/Agnostics have nothing of substance to do on weekends. Also since they are empty when it comes to faith or beliefs they have to make the attempt to urinate on ones who do so they can feel full and superior.

A fair number of commenters, meanwhile, criticized our piece, arguing that some misquoted scriptural lines have biblical roots:

Many of these phrases many not be in the bible verbatim, but their intent is very much contained in it, specifically "Spare the rod spoil the child". This phrase is a direct distillation of Prov 13:24 & 23:13-14 "He who spareth the rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him correcteth him betimes" (Proverbs 13:24) and "Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell." (Proverbs 23:13-14).

I find it disingenuously nit-picky to state that a faithful paraphrase of a verse is "not" in the bible.

I find it very disturbing that the "CHAIR" of a "SCHOOL OF RELIGION" would go record as say that the "the devil was not in eden". Kevin Dunn is right in saying that the word "devil or satan" was not mention in Genesis but if Mr. Dunn is "BIBLICAL SCHOLAR" then he should be familiar with the "BOOK OF REVELATIONS" which equates "THE SERPENT, DEVIL & SATAN" as one and the same: Revelations 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:". And you wonder where people get the wrong impression about things that are "IN" the Bible. Mr. Blake, apparently you did not know your Bible well enough to call Mr Dun on that one.

And, as always, there were plenty of attempts at humor, including this on Adam and Eve eating that apple:

If he didn't want man and woman to eat it, he should have made it broccoli or spinach.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. autiger4

    It's pretty arrogant for anyone to say they "know" god does or does not exist. The truth is no one knows and we will likely never have the ability to know. This is why organized religion of any kind regardless of who you worship and atheism is so dangerous because it just groups of people using scare tactics to take advantage of other people based on hypothesis and speculation. Moral of the story: Learn to think for yourself.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Normon

      You are so right!
      Thinking for oneself is the absolute truth.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • tommas

      No one wants to believe that in a few thousand days they are nothing but worm food. Atheist are the ones who have learned to think for themselves by not believing in "god" (most are open to any evidence that there is something greater than our universe but are brave enough to admit we no nothing at the moment)

      June 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • George

      People, in groups large enough, are stupid.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • tommas

      sorry "know nothing" don't want the grammar police to have a heart attack

      June 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Joel Bryan

      It silly to say you know a certain person doesn't exist. You haven't existed in all places in all times. If someone else say he knows that person does or did exist because he met them, he isn't silly. He's commenting on his experiences. Knowing God exists can be the same if they've personally experienced him. You can't say they haven't.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Joel Bryan: And if I told you I met Jesus and he said that we should murder all the 5 yr olds boys on the planet, would you pick up a gun? No, you wouldn't, despite not being able to disprove my claims. You would dismiss me as being a crazy or having an agenda. In other words, you would look at the practical likelihood of that event and discard it because you simply have no proof at all that what I said happened. And just like you wouldn't believe the person I met was actually Jesus, we shouldn't just believe that since you say you met God, God exists simply because we have no proof to the contrary.

      June 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  2. batchoftruth

    Quoting or misquoting the bible is irrelevant it is no authoritative source on anything the sooner anyone gets that the better!

    June 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Luigi

      It's not authoritative on anything? It's authoritative on what some people believe! Think about it.

      Reminds me that teachers always teach. They may not teach what they want to teach. They may teach a bored student that "I'd rather be playing baseball" or "Mr. Jones is really interested in U.S. History."

      My point is in both cases, neural connections exist.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  3. FantasyBaron

    The gospels were written hundreds of years AFTER Jesus supposedly lived – and there's no proof of that. The stories co-incidentally mirror stories from other religions that happened to pass through the holy land which was an area of constant migration/travel. The gospels are riddled with inconsistencies that scholars do their best to put into context so that it still makes sense. The bottom line here is that the saying "God helps those that help themselves" is correct but its more correct to say, "Do the right thing and you'll turn out OK."

    June 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Jeff

      There are 24,000 ancient manuscripts of the Bible which have been found. They are in different languages and come from different times in history. Textual critics have used these manuscripts to verify the Bible which we have today.

      In the 1947, well after the development of our Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Among the scrolls found was a complete copy of Isaiah which was dated around 270 BC. When compared to a present day text of Isaiah, the ancient scroll proved to be 99.5% pure.

      Society has no trouble accepting the writings of Homer or Plato...yet there are more manuscripts of the Bible found, some only a 25 years after the last original writing, than manuscripts found for these ancient Greek scholars.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Joel Bryan

      Actually there are historical texts which refer to the alreayd written scriptures within decades of Christs existence. To date it hundreds of years after Christ is so historically inacurate that I debate responding to this comment. Certainly there are those that argue in which decade after Christ (and I mean secular historians) but no later than that. There is also a Roman historian that refers to Jesus specifically.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  4. David

    An believer and a non-believer would both agree that murder, theft, false witness and adultery are all wrong. The difference is that the non-believer would say that secular law has been broken while the believer thinks that God's law has been broken, but they believe that they can get away with it as long as they repent before their death.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Jamie

      Yea but, if you read your BIBLE just because you say forgive me GOD does not mean your forgiven. GOD knows your true heart and knows if you are truly sorry for what you did. Please read for you discredit the bible

      June 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  5. NoWay

    Evangelical book thumpers have no more right to force creationism, abortion prohibition, marriage rules or anything else 'based on religion' as anyone in favor of such. Keep religion and the absence thereof out of our political system. Local laws based on individual beliefs have no place in our society. The rule of law must be blind to sectarian positions.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Joel Bryan

      Dude, did you miss the original story? It's not about politics. It was about misquoted scripture and the reason for it. Where did politics come in that you're throwing a fit over it?

      June 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  6. Arkiefenarkie

    Um... someone here was actually putting together a solid argument in favor of the bible but when referring to a particular book in the bible, he'd / she'd actually mistyped the spelling of it. The last book of the bible is REVELATION; there was only one revelation... not more. That's all.

    Oh, and to argue politics and religion in an open forum is about as intelligent as peeing into the wind. ; )

    June 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  7. Norm

    For me, the history of Christ, his death and marvelous resurrection are more than enough to believe and follow him. His disciples knew Him as the Son of God, and followed, even to persecution and death. Jesus quoted from the scriptures. They are true, and it makes a lot of sense that God would love His creation – us - and do what He did at the cross to provide an escape for us from the penalty of death (for sin). Jesus endured that death for us, and has an incredible love for us, wanting our presence – but only as we become one with Him by accepting the sacrifice of Christ for us.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Sal

      There are stories in books older than your Bible about Zeus, Apollo, Mars, etc. Why don't you believe in/worship those gods? They were first!

      June 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • David

      Yet it is Paul that said " If their was no resurrection, then our faith and our preaching has been useless."

      June 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • William Demuth


      You wanna buy a bridge?

      Sucker born every minute, and it seems most of them are Christians.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  8. HFM

    the bible is the perfect crutch for the braindead.....rather than attempt to use their feeble minds and double digit IQ to actually think for themselves, they instead prefer to flip to a page of from the Book of Blather, and find some quote with which to try and justify their stance on a given topic...of course, all the while these same hypcritical lemmings will gladly interpret (or worse, pay some charlatan to do it for them!) the bible in any way that suits their needs of the moment, usually having to do with avoiding taxes or relieving little old ladies of their social security checks.
    Why so many send money to Camping, Robertson, Creflo Dollar, Joel Grinning-Ear-to-Ear Olsteen or any of these other sanctimonious ripoff artists is beyond me....but then again, P.T. Barnum was right on.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Jeff

      "Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God ... What a E utopia, what a Paradise would this region be." - John Adams

      "Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ." - James Madison

      "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here." - Patrick Henry

      ...these guys were brain dead for sure...

      June 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • sumday

      would you like me to prove you wrong? here- there has only been 1-2 governments that have lasted more than 300yrs- all those government "used their mind/thought for themself" came up with their own laws and then collasped, now religion on the other hand has lasted 1000's of years. So call it a crutch if you like but I'll stick with what has proven to last 1000's of yrs and you cling to your own knowlege and thinking bc for the past oh 5-8 thousand years it's been shown over and over with very few execptions that "your" way will fail. That is just history- religion will last, but man's rule of government will not- hmm kind of makes me think your not as smart as you think you are, or at least you don't know much about history repeating it self over and over and over. I'll put my money/opinion on the one with the longer track record- but hey there is always that long shot......

      June 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      So by your logic, all governments should be either Hindu of Celtic Pagan, as those religions are the oldest ones still in existence.
      No johnny come lately abrahamics allowed!

      June 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      would you like me to prove you wrong? here- there has only been 1-2 governments that have lasted more than 300yrs- all those government "used their mind/thought for themself" came up with their own laws and then collasped'
      You are going to have to expand on this nonsense. Define 'government' for starters.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  9. Sal

    The Bible is a wonderful work of fiction, filled with lies, murder, adultery, incest and genocide. I have read it, and studied it, but I don;t any longer. It's much too violent for my tastes these days.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • LinCA

      Yup. If the bible was a movie it would, at best, get an NC-17 rating.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • tommas

      Haha, and that rating would be given by the social conservative bible thumpers

      June 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Joel Bryan

      I tried reading a book on Nuclear Physics once. Didn't understand it. I guess some people are just born stupid on some subjects.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Joel Bryan
      I tried reading a book on Nuclear Physics once. Didn't understand it. I guess some people are just born stupid on some subjects.'
      but i bet it wouldnt stop you saying they were wrong if it contradicted your belief.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  10. Hrrm

    Why does everyone alway say that Hitler was anti-religious or an atheist?

    Some people need to relearn their history:


    (To help those who need it get started)

    June 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Sal

      They won't accept anything on Wikipedia because it's edited by common people that will skew the data to suit their purposes...much like those that wrote/edited the Bible...

      June 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Joel Bryan

      Just like Sal's post in slanted to his views 😉

      June 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  11. Scott

    Never argue relgion . . . it's an arguement nobody will win. The faithful believe they're right, as do the doubters. When neither side can admit they might be wrong, the arguement continues ad nauseum until those that don't give a hoot just want to ship the arguers off to some remote island.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Ed

      kind of defeats the purpose of a blog doesn't it

      June 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • ScottK

      "When neither side can admit they might be wrong" Most "doubters" do admit that they "might" be wrong and are just asking for some evidence to support the believers beliefs. The believers take that as an attack for they cannot accept anything that puts their faith in doubt. How often do you hear Christians say things like "Well, I hope it's all true, but we have no real evidence of Christ's divinity so I may be wrong..."? But that would be something a reasonable person would say.

      June 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  12. Unafiliated

    I'm an atheist. There. Now I'm going to defend religion/spirituality. One thing I can't stand is when religious people categorize me as "doesn't believe in God." I'm atheist... I get to define for myself what I believe and don't have to rationalize it. My perception of God is not the lack of something. I have a very specific belief. I believe there is no God. That is not the same as "not believing" in something. So, with that same thought in mind, let me say that it irritates me to see on these forums so many that state what others believe, and then attack the belief that they just stated. Mention the word "Mormon" for example, and look at all the statements from atheists and christians alike informing you what Mormons believe, almost all of which isn't accurate. Then they tell you that what they just told you that Mormons believe is stupid. If you look on these forums, you get the impression that Catholics are warlike haters of children. Uh... that's not true. I believe there is no God. Catholics believe there is a God, and think of him in a certain way. Jews believe there is a God and think of him in a slightly (though not that much) different way. Each of us declares ourselves to be right. As certain as I am that I am the right one, the Catholic and the Jew are just as certain about their own beliefs. The crazy thing is that in the 21st century, when we all congratulate ourselves on our excellent humanity and tolerance, that we still feel the need to tear down everyone that doesn't think the same way we do.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • ISee

      Reported... for making way to much sense on this site.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Joel Bryan

      Anytime you believe in something you can also be defined as not believing in many things. You could say 'That idiot doesn't believe in atheism'. I'd nod and say 'Yup'. Don't take it personally. Now, if some fool says that means you believe in nothing, just ignore them.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Ed


      Thank you for being a voice of reason.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Barryn

      Nicely put!

      June 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Christopher

      You are honestly the most intelligent and tolerant commenter to leave his or her opinion on this site. I believe everyone has the unalienable right to believe whatever it is he or she wants to believe. And it seems you are part of that school of thought too. Without idealogical differences in beliefs therer would be no compromise, allowing one group to dominate the others, a frightening thought. And as we all know "There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees." Michel de Montaigne

      June 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  13. AJ


    June 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  14. realist-187

    How much is the door fee at church again???? Lol.... If their was a god and a Jesus, they would never ask for money for any reason. They might ask that we help our fellow man whom may not be as "blessed" as us. But they would not ask for cash to enter a multi-million dollar building to hear a man speak about fariy tales.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Dan

      And just who do you think "Blessed You"?

      June 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  15. Jamie


    First off, organized religion is not what christanity is. Christianity is a relationship with Jesus christ man has brought religion thing in the picture. You also said that nothing good has come out of organized religion? Who do you think besides the government is over in Joplin and Alabama helping out with the tornadoes? Ill answer that churches and people that believe in Jesus Christ. They are the ones over there doing all they can to help. One thing before you go off and put down the bible saying they thought the world was flat well guess what read your BIBLE because in the book of Job arguably the oldest book in the bible it says Job ch 26 v 6-8 Death is naked before God Destruction lies uncovered. 7 He spreads out the nothern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. 8 He wraps up the waters in his cluds yet the cluds do not burst under their weight. Also, The United States of America was built on christanity and it prospered but, whats happening now? We are turning away from GOD and this world is falling apart fast. All I can say to the people that dont believe in GOD and in Jesus Christ. You better start reading the bible because the facts and the truth is in there Science and the bible goes togeather just look at the sky the way your eye ball works and blood running through your veins. How we fit the earth perfectly it was made for us people OPEN your eyes and look. The end is near people you can accept Jesus Christ as your LORD and savior or you can refuse it but, ONE day every knee will bow and EVERY tongue will confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.....and it will be soon! GOD BLESS I LOVE YOU ALL!

    June 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Seetheway

      Amen and again Amen!

      June 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Also, The United States of America was built on christanity and it prospered but, whats happening now? We are turning away from GOD and this world is falling apart fast.'
      Because apparently god didnt give a monkeys during the time of slavery or incidents like the trail of tears, its only now that he apparently is getting ticked off.

      June 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  16. Hayden71

    I love the following quote from this story...

    "Those details may seem minor, but scholars say one popular phantom Bible story stands above the rest: The Genesis story about the fall of humanity.

    Most people know the popular version – Satan in the guise of a serpent tempts Eve to pick the forbidden apple from the Tree of Life. It’s been downhill ever since.

    But the story in the book of Genesis never places Satan in the Garden of Eden.

    'Genesis mentions nothing but a serpent,' says Kevin Dunn, chair of the department of religion at Tufts University in Massachusetts."

    I think Mr. Dunn needs to be dismissed from his post seeing that he misses a detail that is obviously assumed. It is the devil in the form of a serpent (subtle and crafty).

    The bible more than once alludes to the unmistakable fact that the first being to introduce deception into the world was Satan as in the following portions of scripture:

    "You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies" John 8:44.

    "And the great dragon was thrown down, THAT ANCIENT SERPENT, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world— he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him." Revelation 12:9

    My question would be...where does the bible ever speak about an apple? It just spoke of partaking of the tree in the midst of the garden.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • RichieP

      The apple thing is one of my pet peeves too. I can forgive the honest ignorance of people who think the apple as we know it even existed before humans culvated it through decades of selective breeding. But even pretending an apple tree could have been present in the garden of Eden, not only is there zero reason to think the apple, rather than any other fruit we know of, grew on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, is is just plain stupidity to believe that that tree and it's fruit are still around today. According to Genesis, the the forbidden tree was in the middle of the garden right next to the Tree of Life and it is obvious there was only one of each. We know the tree of life is no longer around because Genesis makes it clear God would not allow mankind to access it. Reason demands that the tree of knowledge of good and evil, being co-located most likely suffered the same fate.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  17. butlerbulldawg74

    "Whenever we read the obscene stories the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon rather than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it as I detest everything that is cruel." – Thomas Paine

    June 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  18. Elizabeth

    As for discounting Holy Scripture because people chose to believe the earth was flat in the past, they simply hadn't read the Bible. Isaiah 40:22 refers to the earth as a circle.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • butlerbulldawg74

      A circle is still flat. A sphere on the other hand....

      June 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Matt

      Circle does not equal sphere. While many old cultures did know that the earth was spherical, such as several south american cultures and many greeks, among others, there is no indication of this in the bible.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Stater of the obvious

      A circle, my friend, is indeed flat. The earth is spherical in shape.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Nonimus

      The concept of a flat Earth is usually described as disc-like, a flat circular object.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • RichieP

      You're wasting your words. You will not convince the people who are pre-committed to their belief that the Bible is evil without reading it. For example, they will pretend to be smart, but then show a laughable lack of intellectual creativity when they fail to put two and two together and understand the obvious fact that neither an ancient Hebrew prophet, nor the intended audience, would care to explicitly differentiate between a "circle" and a "sphere." Heck to this very day, if I were to say the earth is round, I'm just going to say it's round and people will know what I mean. I'm not going to say, "By the way, just to be clear, I mean the earth is round like a ball - not like a DVD. In other words: a sphere - not a disk."

      June 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Oh please RichieP, nice try, but there is also a different between saying something is a circle and something is round. They stated circle, they meant circle, they were wrong.
      And as for your whole 'those that think bible is evil' etc, I would like to point out that the original poster was using the circle quote as a claim of scientific knowledge. He introduced that into the argument, dont blame the responders for pointing out his error.

      June 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  19. realist-187

    Religion is the purest form of modern day slavery. Propaganda and stolen stories from egypt and other parts of the world control many who cannot fathum thinking REALISTICALLY for themselves and using their logic...(if they have any)

    June 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • EntertainMe

      I guess I'd rather be a "slave" so I at least would be able to spell the word fathom

      June 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Alyssa

      Yes, slavery for good spelling. Good trade, EntertainMe.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  20. butlerbulldawg74

    “God, so atrocious in the Old Testament, so attractive in the New – the Jekyll and Hyde of sacred romance” – m twain.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
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