Which Bible Translation Should You Read?

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Edward D. Andrews
EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored ninety-two books. Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).

Allan Parr, there is a lot of truth to what you say. However, you offer so many misleading points that you are literally doing more damage than good. This is like a politically correct, feel-good, safe space video.

You are correct about the different types of translation philosophy (literal, dynamic equivalent, paraphrase). However, you should have hit on the New American Standard Bible in addition to the Amplified Bible. The NASB was the only literal modern Bible, but even it has now dipped its toe in the dynamic equivalent interpretive translation philosophy. I say at present because Christian Publishing House is working on the Updated American Standard Version (UASV), which will be available at the end of 2021.

The ESV is not as literal as the NASB nor the UASV. It calls itself the essentially literal translation. Well, if you want essentially the Word of God; then, choose the ESV.

Dynamic equivalent translations (NLT, GNT or GNB [TEV], CEV, TNIV, ERV) are really nothing more than mini-commentaries. If you accept that they are not the Word of God and nothing more than a mini-commentary; then, they are fine to use.

Dumbing down the Word of God is not a pro as you put it. Christianity has already been dumbed down, with 95% of all Christians lacking Bible knowledge. Moreover, a dumbed-down translation is not the Word of God, it is the translator or translation committee’s word.

English Bible Versions King James Bible KING JAMES BIBLE II

Then, to suggest that we cannot find the exact English equivalents coming from one language into another is very misleading. Your enunciation made it seems as though we cannot even get close. Is an English equivalent going to be that far removed from a Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek word? No. Moreover, this is what we have word study dictionaries for, as well as lexicons. Tell them to get the best literal translation, which was/is the NASB until the UASV comes out in 2021. Then, tell them to study. Having thought for thought translation on the 6th-7thgrade level says a lot about whether a person is willing to buy out the time to study.

To then go and ask, “what is the best translation to use?” Then, to answer, “the one that you enjoy reading the most.” Talk about politically correct. Man up and give them the truth, do not try to make all people happy at the expense of God’s Word. The only problem with the New American Standard Bible (NASB) is the fact that it includes many of the KJV interpolations placed in square brackets, as is true of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) as well. The New American standard Bible2020 has also slightly abandoned its literal translation philosophy.

Has the New American Standard Bible (NASB) 2020 Revision Stepped Away from Its Literal Translation Philosophy?

Luke 23:17 King James Version (KJV)

17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)

Luke 23:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17 [[a]Now he was obliged to release to them at the feast one prisoner.]

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 23:17 Early mss do not contain this v

Luke 23:17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

[17 For according to the festival he had to release someone to them.][a]

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 23:17 Other mss omit bracketed text
  • ‘Luke 23:17’ not found for the version: English Standard Version.
  • ‘Luke 23:17’ not found for the version: Lexham English Bible.
  • ‘Luke 23:17’ not found for the version: American Standard Version.

The Updated American Standard Version (UASV) is almost done now and is online in two places: this CPH Blog and the www.uasvbible.org.

Our primary purpose is to give the Bible readers what God said by way of his human authors, not what a translator thinks God meant in its place.—Truth Matters!

Our primary goal is to be accurate and faithful to the original text. The meaning of a word is the responsibility of the interpreter (i.e., reader), not the translator.—Translating Truth!

Luke 23:17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

17 ——[1]

[1] [Now it was necessary for him to release one [prisoner] for them at the feast.] Early witnesses such as P75 A B l T 070 892* 1241 itcopsa al,  do not contain verse 17. Another indication of it being an interpolation is its appearing in different places and in different forms.

A Literal Translation Is a Translation that You Should use in all Bible study and research, as well as your daily reading program.

A literal English translation is the word of God in English. Anything less is simply essentially the Word of God on a lower level. It is the translator’s interpretation of the literal word. We are commanded not to add nor take away from the Word of God. You add to and take away when you remove the English equivalent for what a translator thinks the author meant by the use of that word or phrase. The translator is adding his interpretation of the meaning and removing what the author penned. The reader deserves the actual Word of God in English; then, it is up to him to determine what the author meant by the words that he used.

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