Finding the right word is not always easy. Finding it in another language can be even worse.
Just over 25 years ago I was preaching one of my first sermons in French. I’d checked it over thoroughly and given it to a French speaker to pick out any mistakes. There were a couple of hundred people gathered for Sunday morning worship that day. The sermon went well, but at one point most of the congregation burst out in laughter. I was somewhat put out by this but tried not to let on. Thankfully, I got to the end without any major mishaps.
At the end of the service a friend enlightened me. I had been preaching on Jesus’ compassion for the crowds. In his eyes they were like “sheep without a shepherd.” It seems as if in my zeal I had asked my crowd: “Avez-vous jamais vu un troupeau de bergers?” (“Have you ever seen a herd of shepherds?”)