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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Different Bible Translations

Got an interesting e-mail from Toni today asking about different Bible translations.  In this case, she was comparing the NIV - New International Version with the NLT - New Living Translation. 

Which is better?  I think this is a matter of personal choice.  Beware if a translation travels too far from the original text, of course. 

If you ask God to speak to you and are open to the Holy Spirit - He will help you understand the specific message He has for you when you read His Word.  Find a Bible you can understand and read it for all its worth -- a great treasure awaits!

One great thing you can do is explore different translations.  Toni's special verse is Phil 4:6 -- I looked it up on http://www.biblegateway.com/ .  At this website, you can easily check out different translations of the same verse.

Here are two contrasting translations Phil 4:6.  Both speak to my heart.   They are great for sharing today.

Thanks, Toni, for exploring God's Word and letting us know about it! 

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. - Phil 4:6  -- New International Version  

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. - Phil 4:6 -- New Living Translation

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