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"And that having the eyes of your heart full of light, you may have knowledge of what is the hope of his purpose, what is the wealth of the glory of his heritage in the saints." (Ephesians 1:18 BBE)

TRANSLATIONS OF THE BIBLE


Today there are so many translations of the Bible popping up that it is easy to get confused. I believe with all my being that God Himself speaks to us through His written word as is recorded in the Bible and that His truths will not be allowed to be hidden by persons intent to discredit His authority. There is a holy protection on the Good Book that preserves God's revelations until the end of time. God's Spirit moves through this Book to bring people to the knowledge and confession of salvation through His Son Jesus, the Christ.

The LBEA ministry is often asked the differences in various translations and so I thought it a good idea to share the twelve versions offered in the BibleCourier by quoting Second Timothy 3:16,17 and Isaiah 55:10, 11 for you to compare. I hope this will be helpful to you when making a decision about which translation of the Bible is best for your own personal use.


KING JAMES:

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and it is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."


"For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."


AMERICAN STANDARD:

"Every scripture inspired of God [ is ] also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work."


"For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, and giveth seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."


NEW KING JAMES:

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."


"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."


ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION:

"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."


""For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it."


NEW AMERICAN STANDARD:

"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."


"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it."


BIBLE IN BASIC ENGLISH:

"Every holy Writing which comes from God is of profit for teaching, for training, for guiding, for education in righteousness: So that the man of God may be complete, trained and made ready for every good work."


"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and does not go back again, but gives water to the earth, and makes it fertile, giving seed to the planter, and bread for food; So will my word be which goes out of my mouth: it will not come back to me with nothing done, but it will give effect to my purpose, and do that for which I have sent it."


REVISED STANDARD:

"All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."


"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it."


NEW REVISED STANDARD:

"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work."


"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it."


NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION:

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."


"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."


GOOD NEWS BIBLE:

"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed."


"My word is like the snow and the rain that come down from the sky to water the earth. They make the crops grow and provide seed for planting and food to eat. So also will be the word that I speak-- it will not fail to do what I plan for it; it will do everything I send it to do."


CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH VERSION:

"Everything in the Scriptures is God's Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God's servants to do all kinds of good deeds."


"Rain and snow fall from the sky. But they don't return without watering the earth that produces seeds to plant and grain to eat. That's how it is with my words. They don't return to me without doing everything I send them to do.""


NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE:

"All scripture is inspired by God and useful for refuting error, for guiding people's lives and teaching them to be upright. This is how someone who is dedicated to God becomes fully equipped and ready for any good work."


"For, as the rain and the snow come down from the sky and do not return before having watered the earth, fertilising it and making it germinate to provide seed for the sower and food to eat, so it is with the word that goes from my mouth: it will not return to me unfulfilled or before having carried out my good pleasure and having achieved what it was sent to do."


NEW LIVING TRANSLATION:

"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is Gods way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do."


"The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it."


MATTHEW HENRY CONCISE COMMENTARY:

2 Timothy 3:14-17

Those who would learn the things of God, and be assured of them, must know the Holy Scriptures, for they are the Divine revelation. The age of children is the age to learn; and those who would get true learning, must get it out of the Scriptures. They must not lie by us neglected, seldom or never looked into. The Bible is a sure guide to eternal life. The prophets and apostles did not speak from themselves, but delivered what they received of God, 2 Peter 1:21. It is profitable for all purposes of the Christian life. It is of use to all, for all need to be taught, corrected, and reproved. There is something in the Scriptures suitable for every case. Oh that we may love our Bibles more, and keep closer to them! then shall we find benefit, and at last gain the happiness therein promised by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the main subject of both Testaments. We best oppose error by promoting a solid knowledge of the word of truth; and the greatest kindness we can do to children, is to make them early to know the Bible.


If you did not have these verses memorized before reading this article, you must by now. It's a good thing to memorize Scripture and hide it in your heart. Now I'll describe some of the above mentioned translations by its distinctive features.


KING JAMES: Poetic literary style using Elizabethan English from 1611. It has been the most universally accepted translation for centuries and is still the most requested translation from LBEA. It is considered to be the most difficult to read and understand but the most beautiful.


NEW KING JAMES: Captures the accuracy and beauty of the KJV in contemporary, readable language.


NEW INTERNATIONAL (1984): Modern language that attempts to balance literal and dynamic translation methods.


NEW AMERICAN STANDARD: revision of 1901 translation into modern language and considered to be a very accurate translation.


NEW REVISED STANDARD: 1989 revision of the Revised Standard into modern language.


NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE with Apocrypha: A 1990 translation that uses "Yahweh" for the name of God in the Old Testament.

GOOD NEWS BIBLE: A 1992 translation by the American Bible society into Today's English. Although this is a translation it does combine verses in a few places in the text. It is a Bible that is easy to read and understand.


CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH VERSION: A 1995 translation by the American Bible society into Contemporary English. Although this is a translation it uses contractions and contemporary language wherever possible. It does frequently combine verses especially in the Old Testament text. It is a Bible that is easy to read and understand.


Whatever version of the Bible you choose, please read it regularly, memorize verses, live by its teachings, and ALWAYS listen for the Spirit of God to speak to you. He will speak words of love, conviction, rebuke, forgiveness, comfort, and joy as He leads you to His heavenly home in His presence forever.

 


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