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Phil Robertson of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" has been suspended for his comments on homosexuality.
December 20th, 2013
11:23 AM ET

Does Phil Robertson get the Bible wrong?

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame has rallied around its patriarch, saying his controversial comments on homosexuality are "grounded in the teachings of the Bible." But Scripture is fiercely contested ground, and some experts say Phil Robertson misinterprets a key Bible verse.

A&E, the network that broadcasts the hugely popular "Duck Dynasty" show, suspended Robertson for a now infamous interview with GQ magazine. In the article, Robertson, who became a born-again Christian in the 1970s after a prodigal youth, is asked to define "sin."

Here's what Robertson says: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

Robertson, 67, then paraphrases a Bible passage from the New Testament: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers - they won’t inherit the kingdom of God.”

That's a pretty close citation of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which is a letter from Paul, often called the father of Christianity theology, to a fledgling Christian community in Corinth, Greece.

Here's what Paul's passage says, as rendered in the New International Version, by far the most popular translation among evangelicals and conservative Christians such as Robertson:

"Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

Evangelicals, who make up about a quarter of the U.S. population, tend to take that passage at face value. The Robertson family pastor, for instance, told CNN on Thursday that "the verse explains itself."

Robertson himself is no religious neophyte. He's an elder in the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ and offers spiritual counseling, charity and Bible studies to many in his hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana, the family pastor, Mike Kellett told CNN.

The "Duck Dynasty" star also preaches around the country to conservatives that flock to hear his blend of woodsy, plainspoken Christianity.

Many conservatives backed Robertson's views on Scripture and homosexuality this week, if not the "crude" way he argued his point to GQ.

My Take: The Bible really does condemn homosexuality

But other Bible experts said the Scripture Robertson cited isn't quite clear about homosexuality.

"A lot of people misread this text because it's so complicated," said O. Wesley Allen Jr., an associate professor at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

First, scholars say, we have to look at the context surrounding Paul's letter.

The Christian leader is trying to get the quarreling Corinthians to stop taking each other to civil courts and being judgmental. "The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already," Paul says.

Things were supposed to be different after they became Christian believers, Paul continues; they were supposed to stop their sinful ways.

Then Paul lists some of their sins of the past, including greed, drinking too much, worshipping idols and sexual immorality. "That is what some of you were," Paul says. "But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

The list of sins is likely based on rumors that Paul heard about Corinth, says Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania who has studied the Bible's teachings on homosexuality. Bible scholars call it a "vice list," and it appears several times in Scripture.

So what does Paul's "vice list" say about homosexuality? That's the tricky part.

The first word Paul uses is "malakoi," which means "soft" in Greek, according to Allen. By analogy, the word came to mean "effeminate," which is how the King James Version of the Bible translates it.

"In the ancient world, it would refer to a boy in a relationship with an older man," Allen said. "It was pederasty, not homosexuality as we think of it today."

The other relevant word on Paul's "vice list" is "arsenokotai," which means "male sex." It refers to the other half in the man-boy relationship, common in Greece at the time, Allen said, the older male having sex with the "soft one."

"It isn't anything to do with what we would see today in an intimate, mutual relationship between gay adults," said Allen, who is co-authoring an upcoming book on homosexuality and heterosexuality in the church.

My Take: The Bible’s surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality

Even so, scholars such as Allen acknowledge there are no Bible passages that support same-sex relationships, and at least seven that appear to condemn gay sex.

"There's no way around the fact that those passages take a negative view of homosexuality, and nowhere in the Bible is a positive view offered," Allen said. "So conservatives and liberals continue to debate."

Liberals say that some parts of the Bible offered particular truths for a specific times and places but those times and places, as well as human understanding of sexuality, have progressed dramatically.

"The Bible may be divinely inspired, but its authors were human and saw, as St. Paul puts it, through a glass darkly," said Jim Naughton, a Christian gay rights activist and communications consultant. "On the subject of homosexuality, the Bible doesn’t mean what Phil Robertson thinks it means."

Conservatives such as Robertson, on the other hand, argue that the Bible is the bedrock of their faith, unchanging and unalterable. "We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word," the Robertson family said Thursday.

For decades, the gulf between the two sides has divided denominations, churches and families. To paraphrase Lincoln, both sides read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and both invoke his aid to argue against each other. Which is why our contemporary debate over homosexuality is so fierce, and so seemingly unending.

- CNN Religion Editor

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  1. jsss

    got the bible wrong? it is all made up anyway

    December 21, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
  2. sburns54

    Check out the "duck dynasty is fake" video on youtube. Shows pix of these clowns before the show, when they were clean-shaven, golf-playing yuppies (not that there's anything wrong with that...:)) Just shows what fakes they are, playing down to earth rednecks when they are millionaire elitists! And their brain-dead audience has lapped their BS act up like mindless sheep!

    December 21, 2013 at 11:53 pm |
  3. Keith

    It's impossible to get the Bible right or wrong because it's a matter of opinion, not fact.

    December 21, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
  4. johnny

    You see i'm not perfect as a matter of fact i'm a very sinful person but GODs rule let me know what my boundaries are. Another words I just don't do what i'm tempted or want to do. And thats the problem with society they do as they please with no concern for consequences.

    December 21, 2013 at 11:45 pm |
    • YeahItsMe72

      The problem with society is idiots thinking that the problem with society is people not following the Bible. Organized religion has absolutely nothing to do with moral character.

      December 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
      • johnny

        Ifs thats the case what set of rules does man follow darwin, kinsey certainly were not doing a good enough job ourselves as you look at our moral fiber.

        December 22, 2013 at 12:02 am |
        • Maddy

          Darwin and Kinsey? What?

          I'm sorry you think morals can be found in a book...any book.

          December 22, 2013 at 12:09 am |
  5. Rick

    You'd think a supreme being with divine intelligence and omnipresent awareness could inspire people to get write up a clear message in less than a thousand pages. And no, the Ten Commadments don't count if it comes with 999 pages of addendums.

    December 21, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
  6. Dave Holt

    I have read a lot of what is being stated here. I most say that Jesus made it very clear even
    if you don't believe in Jesus it is simple to believe what he said. The two most important
    commandments is to Love they God with all they heart and love they neighbor as they self.
    So, we are to love our Creator because this Universe just didn't happen. Love him for what
    we have and the beauty of this amazing universe. God is a just God. He gave man many chances
    to get it right but some men chose to go the way of the world then came God's Judgement
    (Sodom Gommorrah, The Great Flood etc.) You see God didn't make man
    perfect he perfectly made man for one purpose and one purpose only. To love him. He gave
    man Free Will to chose, Him or the World and when you chose him the Joy that fills his
    loving heart is immeasurable and it will bring peace to you heart like nothing you can imagine.
    This peace of living a Christ Like life who was God on earth who came
    to this world in the humblest fashion that of a baby. I don't judge a
    person but I see what they do and discern which is a God given gift to those who believe. I love everyone here
    even though I don't like what they say. I respect their freedom of speech but because they
    don't know Christ they are like babes of this world and they only speak as the world speaks.
    If you know Christ and except who he is, your life will
    change and how you see the world will change. Because once you know Christ you will not
    want to know the world anymore.
    But before you can know God you must be
    called to him and only through Christ can you to get to him.. This calling is God saying
    the time is now and many will be called but only a few chosen. But for those who answer
    the call they will have everlasting life. And you will know that you have been saved, the
    moment you confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and the Son God and that he died for your sins past,
    present and future. And by repenting and it wont be over night your life will change and you will
    see the awesomeness of our God. And you will learn to love they neighbor as you should.
    The Holy Spirit will enter body and you will be changed, you are no longer dead but alive
    in Christ and he will give you the Truth. And with this knowledge you will have understanding.
    Believe me, I have made a ton of mistakes a ton of sins but when I realized that it is getting me no
    where and I had that emptiness of being lost and then called.
    Please attend Church, found out about Christ. Don't worry about those being in the Church because they too were
    all lost before they where found.

    December 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm |
  7. johnny

    Would somebody tell me what apetizing about an anu$ just asking?

    December 21, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
    • Maddy

      Look. This has bee explained to you.
      Hetero people engage in anal, also.
      The fact that you keep posting this over and over tells me that you are trolling, a childish endeavor.
      Stop it.

      December 21, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
      • johnny

        Sorry if I don't agree with your lifestyle but don't hate me for it because I just want people to know the truth.

        December 21, 2013 at 11:50 pm |
        • Maddy

          1) I'm not gay. What is my "lifestyle"?

          2) Explain how, except for gender preference, the difference between gay and hetero "lifestyles".

          3) The truth about what?

          4) Why on earth would you think I hate you? Hate is a useless emotion that I try not to waste my time on.

          December 22, 2013 at 12:04 am |
      • Reality # 2

        Important information for the practi-tioners in whatever lifestyle they are in:

        "A-nal s-ex has always been a highly controversial subject, and the controversy that surrounds it looks set to continue into 2014 because evidence is acc-umulating that this practice may sometimes lead to a-nal cancer.

        Indeed, the American Cancer Society now says that 'most a-nal cancers seem to be linked to infection with HPV'.

        This is human papilloma virus, which is readily spread from one person to another during s-exual contact.

        The Society also states that 'having a-nal s-ex is a risk factor for a-nal cancer in both men and women'. The risk is greatest if you have had numerous partners.

        Read more: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/s-exandrelationships/a-nals-ex.htm#ixzz2o9Mw9Izr

        Note: hyphens added to defeat the "secret" word/fragment filter.

        December 22, 2013 at 12:10 am |
        • Maddy

          Again, it doesn't negate the point that hetero people engage in it.

          Really, you think about other people's sex lives a bit too much. It's kind of creepy.

          December 22, 2013 at 12:16 am |
        • Reality # 2

          The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

          : The failures of the widely used birth/STD "control" methods i.e. the Pill (8.7% actual failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% actual failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

          Added information before making your next move:

          "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."
          See also: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/26/opinion/bolan-s-exual-health/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

          And from:

          "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about (even though is becoming a major cause of throat cancer)," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (Maybe it should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

          Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

          The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":

          – (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
          – (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)

          Followed by:

          One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
          Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
          The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
          Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
          IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
          Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
          Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
          Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

          Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

          December 22, 2013 at 6:51 am |
  8. nonPCrealist

    You can stop pushing this story now CNN, the NDAA passed without anyone noticing successfully.

    December 21, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
  9. shockie1

    Merry Christmas

    December 21, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
  10. uglykidmoe

    "Does Phil Robertson get the Bible wrong?"

    no

    December 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      Yes he does. Added details upon written request.

      December 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
  11. Spuds Mackenzie

    It also says that you will have an easier time fitting a camel through the eye of a needle than a rich man can get into heaven. I'm sure he is rich by now. Seems to ignore that part. Typical Christian hypocrisy.

    December 21, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
  12. newmediapublishingbh

    Matthew 7:1 "Judge not, that ye be not judged."

    So why do Christians not have to follow this verse? It means, if taken literally, that Phil is now going to Hell. (And a whole lot of other Christians.)

    December 21, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
    • johnny

      I believe he said GOD would sort them out thats not judging.

      December 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
      • newmediapublishingbh

        You think I can't read? He said, " they won’t inherit the kingdom of God.” That is judging no matter how you slice it.

        December 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm |
        • Scott

          ...because he's quoting a scripture

          December 22, 2013 at 7:21 am |
    • uglykidmoe

      if you read Phil's entire response to the question you'd see how foolish you sound, but i'm sure you're used to it

      December 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
      • newmediapublishingbh

        Hmm, I seem to recall Jesus saying something about calling someone a fool... But I guess that's another verse that doesn't apply to you?

        December 21, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      o The citizens of the USA judge every day as noted by the US Supreme Court, State Supreme courts and analogous judicial/jury venues across this great land.

      And there is some question as to whether Jesus even uttered Matt 7:1 ( also- Luke 6:37a ). For example, see http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb118.html

      Luke 12: 8-9 has been thoroughly analyzed by many contemporary NT scholars. And many of these experts have concluded that the passage is historically nil.

      e.g. See http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb028.html and Professor Gerd Luedemann [Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 344] states " this is a prophetic admonition from the post-Easter community and therefore inauthentic."

      December 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
      • newmediapublishingbh

        Really? Your argument is that what the Bible states in TWO Gospels, isn't really God-inspired. I'm afraid you just conceded.

        December 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Might want to read the analyses of said passages.

          December 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm |
    • John

      Judging the Bible to see what the scriptures say is altogether different than judging a person. Sorry you feel judged

      December 21, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
      • newmediapublishingbh

        I don't feel judged, and I couldn't care less if I was, but Phil is not judging scripture, he's judging "another man's servant."

        December 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
  13. DoG

    The bible is an amazing book! In it you can find something to support almost anything you want to believe in. You just need to interpret it in the right way.

    December 21, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
    • uglykidmoe

      like your post

      December 21, 2013 at 11:32 pm |
  14. Name*tim

    Leviticus 20:13

    December 21, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
  15. Crampon

    "Does Phil Robertson get the Bible wrong?"

    I don't know, did the gay rights political activists get their gayness wrong?

    December 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Paul

    Gasp! a liberal news outlet citing only liberal Bible scholars who support what they want the reader to believe. Anyone surprised?

    Hey, CNN, why not be honest and cite any one of the overwhelming majority of Bible scholars who can prove the texts says exactly what the Bible says at face value? Naw, that wold be too honest.

    As you were….(at least we know what to expect).

    December 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm |
    • fortheloveofellipsis

      Soooo, Paul–are you going to take that same stance with the Christ's clear proscription against praying in public in the Book of Matthew? Or are we going to get more of the usual semantic gymnastics trying to prove that He didn't say what He actually said?...

      December 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
      • Matt

        I don't remember the last time I saw someone praying in public that wasn't leading prayer for a religions ceremony. No backflips needed

        December 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
        • Saving Private Ryan

          How does that address fortheloves post?

          December 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm |
        • fortheloveofellipsis

          It's still PUBLIC PRAYER, Matt. Which the Christ SPECIFICALLY enjoined in Matthew 6: 5-6: “When you are praying, do not behave like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues or on street corners in order to be noticed. I give you my word, they are already repaid. 6 Whenever you pray, go to your room, close your door, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees what no man sees, will repay you.”

          December 21, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Matt 6:5-6 has been rigorously a-nalyzed by many contemporary NT scholars and found to historically in authentic. For example, see Professor Gerd Ludemann's review in his book Jesus After 2000 Years, pp. 144-145.

          December 22, 2013 at 12:15 am |
        • Reality # 2

          Oops, make that "inauthentic".

          December 22, 2013 at 12:16 am |
  17. omeany

    The bible is a wonderful way to see how our historical ancestors interpreted God's interaction in their lives. To use the bible as a literal guide for how "god" wants us to act and behave will only end in havock.

    Fossils are our prof that man was not "created perfect" as portrayed in the "story of creation". Eden is a lovely thought but we did not occupy Eden nor did we fall from it and Jesus (who was a wonderful teacher) was deemed a threat by the Romans and executed. He did not die for our "sins".

    Sin is in the eye of the beholder and has long been used to persecute any person or group of people the ruling class has deemed unworthy of equality. Since the bible can and has been used to justify the most horrible of persecution it is not uncommon for us to see the supposed "moral" folks continue to quote from it's passages.

    I wish the folks who have so many moral objections to other people lifestyles would take the same amount of time trying to apply the other more humane lessons of this book like "love thy neighbor", "do unto others" or Jesus instructions to take care of the poor. These will go a lot farther in getting all of us closer to the gates of Heaven than defending one group's right to criticize another's race or lifestyle choice. Just try it...You have nothing to lose and I promise you, it will make you feel much better about yourself.

    December 21, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
    • D Rowl

      The Bible is precisely what the vast majority of the world has used for an example of how God wants us to behave. It's obvious that you don't believe in the Bible. That's your prerogative. But think about this, the Bible says that God's ways are not our ways. If God wanted you to know how the earth was created, he would tell you...Oh wait. He did. Whether his "day" equals a day, a year, a millennium or a million years, you don't know. Whether Eden existed, well you don't know that either. Perhaps Adam and Eve were Neanderthals? Maybe God doesn't want you to know. Have you thought about that? What if Genesis was not referring to the time on earth when the T-Rex reigned supreme? What if he destroyed the earth and remade it? See you don't know. You see it requires FAITH.
      Similar to the faith that you must have that a speck turned itself into a micro-organism, became a tadpole which grew into a frog, then turned itself into a monkey. Then it somehow skipped the dna chain AGAIN and became a human. Or how a big explosion of matter ( for which you have no idea of where it came from) occurred and the universe "happened". That requires faith too friend.
      The big difference is at the end. At the end of our faiths we have will be equally dead or we will have two very different ends. There's mine which I have faith in to lead me to an afterlife forevermore. Yours leaves you dead. If I'm wrong then no big deal I was a little naive. If you're wrong?–then well...

      December 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm |
      • Debbie

        Christians make up 31 percent of the World's population. I don't think that's considered a majority.

        December 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm |
        • jll

          He didn't say majority, he said "vast majority". To extrapolate the logic, you need FAITH to believe that 31% = "vast majority".

          December 22, 2013 at 12:18 am |
    • On2zion

      You're not far from the truth, now go and study the Book and when you're mature enough to understand it you will realize how wrong you were and God willing you will be called, receive the Holy Ghost which will teach you all things and not only will understanding and reason beyond your current ability be present in you but it will also humble you. Then, you shall kneel and cry and beg for forgiveness to the one and only true God, who has always looked out for you and forgiven your shortcomings. Only now the fear of God is definitely present, and from that moment forward I hope you remain in that spirit of wisdom and in prayer to deliver you from evil that surrounds us daily that until now we realize that it is there, to deliver you from temptation. Trust me, I know, it sounds like mumbo jumbo to you, just like you think the Bible is. Been there too, oh how ignorant that was. Seek and you shall find, knock and He will open to you. And once he does, joy and comfort shall abound. Stand firm young one. Christ Love.

      December 22, 2013 at 12:15 am |
  18. H. E. Fosdick

    Twenty-five percent of Americans are supposedly "evangelical Christians." That means seventy-five percent of us are not. But a good portion of that seventy-five percent believe in a form of Christianity that doesn't involve pointing our fingers at the sins of others. We understand that *all* people are sinners - gay, straight, or sideways. None of us are righteous, not one. We all fall short of the glory of God. That includes Mr. Robertson, all his critics, and all his defenders. What this country needs isn't "more people like Phil," or more people like RIchard Dawkins. What this country needs, desperately, is simple humility.

    December 21, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
    • fortheloveofellipsis

      ^^^Definitely this, H. E....

      December 21, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
  19. JM

    He who is w/o sin cast the first stone (and then try explaining to God why you think that you are holier than anyone else on your own merit).

    December 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
    • Matt

      These words from the same man that wrecked havoc on the moneychangers in the temple...

      December 21, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
  20. Scott

    Wondering if A&E would have said anything if GLAD didn't bring it up.

    December 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
    • fortheloveofellipsis

      I'm sure I'm putting on the tinfoil (hat), coach, but the more I think of the whole situation, the more convinced I am that this whole thing is a publicity stunt to boost the show's ratings. We already know Phil is back on in the next season, so all we're really talking about is a short vacation for him between seasons. It actually sounds like a sweet deal for the show and Phil both; the "suspension" gets the fan base riled enough to go buy up all the Duck Dynasty stuff they can in a show of solidarity with Phil, which boosts the profits the company and the family doubtless share. The A & E boycott lets the production company pressure the network for a better deal if the boycott pinches the network's ratings. The whole furor sets up the show for huge ratings for the next season premiere. Phil maybe gets a few more paying interviews to boost HIS bottom line. And he gets a nice little vacation into the deal. Win-win all around, but all the politico-religious kabuki is as phony as a three-dollar bill...

      December 21, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
      • Maddy

        I wondered the same thing...and I am as far from the foil hat brigade one can get.

        December 21, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
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