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ESV, NRSV, and Galatians 1:16

I found a subtle difference in the NRSV and ESV than with all other major translations in Galatians 1:15-16. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and whocalled me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in orderthat I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; (ESV) But when God, who from my mother’s womb set me apartand called me by His grace, was pleased…

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TNIV, NRSV, and Hebrews 4:1

I am continuing my studies in Hebrews (while under a dizzying cold) today and was considering Hebrews 4:1. The TNIV, NIV, and NRSV stray away here, it seems to me. Notice the difference: Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seemto have failed to reach it. (ESV) Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to…

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NLT and Acts 2:1

I am back in warm south Florida where I belong. I think my laptop is thawing out in our 80 degree weather. I have been reading through the NLT and am already encountering good renderings and troubling translations. I want to like the NLT, but I am bothered by some of the interpretative renderings that I find in various places. Acts 2:1 is one of those instances. On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one…

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TNIV- Winds or Spirits? (Hebrews 1:7)

The TNIV made an interesting change in Hebrews 1:7 — In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.” (TNIV) In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.” (NIV) Nearly all other translations use the word “winds” except for the NET, which also uses “spirits.” The Greek word is pneuma which means “wind, spirit, breath.” Contextually, it seems like “winds” and “flames…

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Book Review: 24/7, A One Year Chronological Bible

Product Details from Amazon Hardcover: 2186 pages Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (September 17, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 1414314108 ISBN-13: 978-1414314105 Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 2 inches       I want to thank Laura Bartlett at Tyndale Publishing for the opportunity to review this Bible. I have a number of chronological Bibles, so I see the value in these. I believe chronological Bibles provide a wonderful opportunity for people to read the scriptures have see how the recorded…

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Trample The Holy City For 42 Months (Revelation 11:2), ESV Study Bible, and NLT Study Bible

Revelation 11:1-2 reads: 1 I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers. 2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. (TNIV) ESV Study Bible: 11:1-2 John was given a measuring rod and instructed to measure the temple of God. Many dispensationalists understand this…

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Hallowed Be Your Name (Matthew 6:9)

I am really surprised to see the number of updated and modern translation that kept the phrase, "hallowed be your name" in the Lord's prayer (Matthew 6:9). The ESV keeps it, which is unfortunate, but not surprising since the ESV seems to maintain the traditional readings of the KJV/ASV/RSV stream. There have been some writings lately about the superiority of the TNIV when it comes to archaic renderings. However, even the TNIV keeps the archaic reading of "hallowed be your…

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Should Archaic Language Be Used In Modern Translations?

I was motivated to write this after reading Mark Strauss' utter contempt and blasting of the ESV. At one point he condemns the ESV for using archaic language. On the whole, I agree that I would like to see archaic terms removed. However, I do not think that all archaic terms can be removed. Matthew 1:18 is one such instance. Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothedto Joseph, before…

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Just A Few Things I Am Thankful For…

In no particular order, I am thankful for these books that continually sit on my office desk because I use them every day: HCSB Minister's Bible ESV Study Bible NLT Study Bible ESV Personal Size Reference Bible ESV Single Column Reference Bible NRSV Standard Bible TNIV Reference Bible NLT Slimline Large Print Reference Bible HCSB Hand Size Giant Print Reference Bible Finally, though not technically "sitting" on my desk, I am thankful for Accordance Bible software so that I can…

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Who Keeps Buying the KJV?

Every month, the CBA posts the sales of Bible translations in terms of dollars spent and units sold. Every month the KJV remains toward the top. In November, the KJV was #2 in terms of dollar sales and #4 in terms of units sold. I am mystified at how this keeps happening. Doesn't everyone own a KJV by now? Are these numbers coming from people replacing their KJVs with new KJVs? For example, it is not surprising to see the…

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