Is My Name in the Bible a Typo?

I started reading my new Bible, the English Standard Version, today. I was excited because the saleslady, Bethany Knudsen, sold me the “Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible” that is recommended by Beth Moore.

It is close enough to the King James Version that the verses were all familiar until I reached Matthew 5:37. Then my heart stopped, and I wondered, “Did Bethany set me up?”

Matthew 5:37, “Let what you say PAM be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’: anything more 4053 than this comes from evil 4190.

I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me! I showed it to my husband and he saw my name, too. I took it to my son, who is in Bible School, and he couldn’t figure out why my name was there either. There was no note of explanation on the page!

As he handed it back to me, a bookmark fell out. It had “The ESV Hebrew-Greek Grammatical Codes” on it. “PAM” stands for “Present, Active, Imperative.”

I could rephrase the line to…”Let what you say be (present, active, imperative)…” I have a feeling I’m going to be seeing my name in the Bible a lot this year!