How the type of Bible Version(s) You read can Benefit You

 Wednesday 28, April 2021

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The aim of a translator is a fundamental access to understanding. And you can not benefit from what you do not understand. Whether your aim for reading the Bible ranges from accuracy, to modern language,easy to read or understanding,traditional Jewish expression and even 'gender neutral', the choice of the Bible version you have matters.

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More than 60 English-language versions of the Bible are available today. We can divide them into three broad types:

Word-for-word, Meaning-to-meaning (also called thought-to-thought) and Paraphrased.

 Usually the introductory pages of a Bible will explain which of these approaches was used in its preparation.

 Darris McNeely presents an introduction and explanation into the three broad types of Bible translations available today.

 Three types of translations

1. The word-for-word versions most accurately follow the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts. The King James Version (or Authorised Version) and its modern counterpart, the New King James Version, are both word-for-word translations. You can easily find them in most bookstores or on the Internet.

 The accuracy of a version is obviously of utmost importance. Although the King James Version contains some mistakes, to establish sound doctrines, your first choice of versions should be a more literal edition such as the King James or the New King James Version.

 2.  What about the meaning-to-meaning versions? They can be valuable in putting the Scriptures into more understandable wording. Compare these two meaning-to-meaning versions of the same verse:

 Hebrews 2:17-18 (New King James Version)

 "Why in all things it behooved him to be made like to his brothers, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted"...

 Hebrews 2:17-18 (New International Version):

 “For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

 The New International Version explains the point more clearly for most readers today, although the New King James is a more direct translation of the original language. So, when the text is not clear, many times a modern meaning-to-meaning translation can help. The Revised English Bible, the Good News Bible and the New Living Translation are other popular meaning-to-meaning translations.

 A meaning-to-meaning translation is also helpful in conveying the point of ancient figures of speech — idioms that would not make sense to us in modern language. Consider the modern American idiom "kick the bucket." This phrase may not be around centuries from now, and someone translating it then might need to use the word “die” instead. This is a meaning-to-meaning rendering rather than a literal one. Ancient Hebrew and Greek had such expressions as well, and in such cases a meaning-to-meaning translation is very helpful.

 Meaning-to-meaning versions use more up-to-date language and they are easier to understand. But remember, they are not the best choice for establishing doctrine or teaching because at times they involve more interpretation, which may differ from what the original writers intended to say.

 3.  Paraphrased Bibles, such as The Living Bible or The Message Bible, also can be useful. Their goal is to make the Bible even easier to read in modern language. However, be very cautious in working with these kind of translations. Often the authors exercised considerable “poetic license” in interpreting biblical terms and passages according to their own personal religious ideas.

 Paraphrased versions can be consulted to better grasp the story flow but should not be relied on exclusively to establish doctrine. Consider them inadequate sources for accurately determining the meaning of any text. I like to use this type of translation for passages in the Old Testament, like the books of Isaiah or the Kings or Chronicles in order to gain better understanding of the story and the characters.

 Below is a listing of some Bible versions according to their type of translation.

Literal Translations (Word-for-Word, most accurate)     

KJV — King James Version           

NKJV — New King James Version                           

NASB — New American Standard Bible   

ASV — American Standard Version            

RSV — Revised Standard Version               

King James II Bible                       

The Holy Bible in Modern English                     

YLT — Young’s Literal Translation                    

JPS — Jewish Publication Society                     


Meaning-to-meaning: (Remains close to original but with more modern language)

Jewish New Testament CEV

Knox Translation

Today's English Version

NEB  The New English Bible

The Bible, A New Translation(Moffat)

 NIV — New International Version

  ESV — The English Standard Version  

NAB — New American Bible   

NJB — New Jerusalem Bible 

REB — Revised English Bible

CEV- Contemporary English Version       

           Meaning-to-meaning: More Free (or Loose) Translations:


Contemporary English Version

  TLB — Living Bible

The Amplified Bible

Phillips Translation

MSG — The Message


King James Version (1611)

The King James Version is still one of the most popular versions of the Bible having been the standard Bible of the English speaking world for around 300 years since it was first published in 1611. It is a word for word translation that aimed to be as close a translation as possible of the original books of the Bible.

 With the discovery of earlier and better manuscript evidence the time had come for updated versions of the English Bible.

 The English Revised Version (1885)

Several dozen British and American scholars for over a decade worked on new translation with significant changes from the King James Version. In the Old Testament corrections were made to mistranslations of Hebrew words and in the New Testament a great many changes were made based on better textual evidence. The English Revised Version included British spelling and figures of speech which made it not so popular in the United States.

 The American Standard Version (1901)

The American Standard Version was a translation put together by some of the American scholars who worked on the English Revised Version. The translation used American English and differed little from the English Revised Version. The differences were mainly spelling, points of idiom and word-order.

 The Moffatt Bible (1926)

One of the first modern language Bible translations.

 The Revised Standard Version (1952)

The Revised Standard Version is a revision of the American Standard Version. It was the first translation that aimed to take advantage of the discovery in 1947 of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

 J.B. Phillips New Testament in Modern English (1958)

This New Testament translation was one of the first paraphrase translations of the Bible. J.B. Phillips chose the paraphrase style for his New Testament as it was originally intended for young people to read.

 The Amplified Bible (1965)

The Amplified Bible uses the American Standard Version as a base and includes extra words to communicate insights from the original text.

 The Jerusalem Bible (1966)

A translation by Catholic scholars based in Jerusalem.

 The New English Bible (1970)

The New English Bible was a translation that was by a team of English scholars. It was a free translation communicating the sense of meaning rather than a “word-for-word” meaning. In doing so it was easier to read but sacrificed accuracy in the process.

 The Living Bible (1971)

The Living Bible is a paraphrase translation by Kenneth Taylor who translated the Bible into modern language with the intent that even a child could understand its message.

 The New American Standard Bible (1971)

The New American Standard Bible is an update to the American Standard Version taking advantage of new manuscript discoveries since the ASV was originally created in 1901.

 The Good News Bible (1976)

The Good News Bible was another free translation using modern English aimed at being easy to read.

 The New International Version (1979)

The New International Version was not a revision of any previous translation but a new translation done by an international group of over 100 scholars. They sought to create a version midway between a literal word for word translation and a free paraphrase translation.

 The New King James Version (1982)

Thomas Nelson Publishers assembled 119 scholars to work on a revision of the King James Version that replaced archaic English words and phrases with the modern equivalent of those words. It retains much of the accuracy of the King James while being easier to read.

 Jewish New Testament (1989)

An English translation that uses traditional Jewish expressions.

 New Revised Standard Version (1989)

A "gender neutral” revision of the Revised Standard Version

 Contemporary English Version (1991)

A free translation that aims to read with natural, uncomplicated English.

The Message (2002)

A paraphrase translation

 Holman Christian Standard Bible (2004)

Like the New International Version it is a translation that tries to maintain a balance between being a word for word translation and paraphrase translation.

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