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New Living Translation (NLT) 2007- A Pleasant Surprise

I never thought that I would say this: I really like the latest release of the New Living Translation. A few weeks ago I decided to purchase a NLT because of its growing popularity. I had tried the NLT that was first published in 1996 and was less than thrilled. I believe it is appropriate to say that the 1996 NLT was much closer to being a paraphrase than a translation. When the 2004 edition came out, I checked Acts…

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Tongues vs. Languages (1 Corinthians 12-14)

With so many updates to translations and arrival of new translations in the past ten years, it is interesting to compare the translations for accuracy and ease of understanding. There are many in the Bible blog world who argue the need to pick one translation and use only one translation. Thus, the ESV is pitted against the TNIV or the NRSV is pitted against NASB. It is useful to know where there may be deficiencies in a translation. But to…

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Emergence of the NLT

According to CBA, here is the best selling translations for the month of July, in terms of units sold: 1 New Living Translation Tyndale 2 New International Version various publishers 3 New King James Version various publishers 4 King James Version various publishers 5 English Standard Version Crossway 6 Holman Christian Standard Bible B&H Publishing Group 7 Reina Valera 1960 (Spanish) various publishers 8 New American Standard Bible update  various publishers 9 The Message Eugene Peterson, NavPress 10 New International…

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1 Peter 1:1-2 and the NASB

In worship yesterday, the scriptures were read from Peter's first letter. As I was listened I was able to tell that the speaker was reading from the New American Standard, not updated, Bible. The original NASB reads- Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus…

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ESV- Best Translation of 2 Timothy 3:16-17

In a previous post, I encouraged everyone to try the ESV Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 is a good example of why the ESV is a translation worthy of use for reading and study. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (ESV) Most translations read "All Scripture is inspired by God...." But the Greek word…

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TNIV- Well, One Place Of Improvement

I am not a fan of the TNIV at all. I continue to examine the TNIV from time to time, however, and did find a very good improvement in the TNIV over the NIV. The text is 1 Corinthians 7:1. NIV- Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry. TNIV- Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” This…

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Try the ESV!

Typically we have a Bible translation that we come to love and are often unwilling to try new translations that come along. "Why try a new version when I like the Bible I have?," is often our reasoning. While I grew using the NKJV as it was a present to me for my 13th and 16th birthdays, I have always been curious about new translations that hit the market. One of the newer translations released is the English Standard Version…

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