Are you a real man?
Check out this sermon on the phrase â€œhim that pisseth against the wallâ€ from the KJV of 1 Kings 14:10. The phrase also occurs in 1Sam 25:22, 25:34; 1Kings 16:11, 21:21, and 2Kings 9:8. The rendering by the KJV, while perhaps vulgar to modern ears, is a word for word translation of the Hebrew.
While I â€” along with this preacher â€” lament modern translations that simply render the Hebrew idiom with the English term â€œmaleâ€ I do so for very different reasons. In absolute contrast with the meaning of the passage, the ludicrous message the preacher takes from the phrase is that â€œreal menâ€ pee standing up (and I would add, should never lift the toilet seat!). If this preacher would have cracked the cover of even the most useless Bible Commentary, he would have discovered that the expression is contemptuously comparing males to dogs who â€œpiss against the wall.â€ Thus, I donâ€™t think modern translations bring out the connotative meaning of the original Hebrew by the non-vulgar translation as â€œmale.â€ See my post Dogs, Urine, and Bible Translations (On the Importance of Translating Connotative Meaning).
“We got pastors who pee sitting down. We got the president of the United States who probably pees sitting down. We got a bunch of preachers, we got a bunch of leaders who don’t stand up and piss against the wall like a man…That’s what’s wrong with America.”
“A man needs to be a man not a male…It’s because the editors of the NIV pee sitting down.”