When I read scripture, it is done with prayer and submission, not with preconception and because I have submitted, the Holy Spirit teaches the truth and the truth is not open to interpretation. The scriptures are unlike our speech and writings, they are definite but our words are, often, laden with our understanding and life experience, much like the misuse you describe of the word translation.
While I was studying literary criticism, I was deeply disturbed by Roland Barthes' concept of the death of the author, which shows how the reader's perception of a literary work is as valid as the author's perception of it. I was conflicted, because of what that meant for the Bible. I realised, though, that the Bible is a totally unique book for Christians, because unlike any other work in history, the Author of that work lives in us, and communicates directly to us as we read. You are correct in saying that "the scriptures are unlike our speech and writings".
But all of us here who are Christians have that same Spirit guiding our understanding of scripture as we read. And still, sometimes we disagree. How can we explain this? Do we just have a debate over which one of us is the most led by the spirit, and then we all just to submit to the teachings of that person?
None of us are an island, Bill. Whenever the Spirit reveals something to us, we need to submit that revelation to the judgment of other mature Christians. That's why we discuss things on this forum. I am fully aware that sometimes my biases and preconceptions get in the way of being led by the Spirit. I want to confront all my preconceptions, and I know I'm not there yet, but I press on toward that goal. If someone tells me that they have, in this lifetime, succeeded in eliminating all of their bias and preconceptions as they read scripture, you'll have to forgive me if I'm skeptical. We can't each be the Church by ourselves; we need one another.
If we disagree on any issue, we should be able to discuss that issue with the understanding that all of us are legitimately seeking the Spirit's guidance.