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Gal. 3:24

KJV

"Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith."

NIV

"So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith."

John 6:47

KJV

"He that believeth on me hath everlasting life."

NIV

"He who believes has eternal life."


Are the newer "Westcott and Hort" translations different from the older "Traditional Text" translations? Can you see how each change is significant?

Paraphrased "Bibles" are different from translated versions. A Bible translation attempts to translate Scripture word by word. A paraphrase attempts to translate "meanings" - to retell stories in today's language.

Examples of modern paraphrase "Bibles" would include: The New Testament in Modern English (1958), The New Testament in Plain English (1963), Good News for Modern Man (1966), and The Living Bible- TLB (1972). Of these The Living Bible has gained the greatest popularity. Below are various textual comparisons between the KJV (King James Version) and the TLB (The Living Bible) paraphrase:

Judges 7:20b

KJV

"And they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon."

TLB

"All yelling for the Lord and for Gideon."

Judges 19:2

KJV

"And his concubine played the whore against him. "

TJB

"But she became angry with him and ran away.

II Sam. 16:4b

KJV

"And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, 0 king." "Thank you, thank you, sir, Ziba replied."

TLB

"So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith."

II Cor. 5:21

KJV

"For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."

TLB

"For God took the sinless Christ and poured into Him our sins. Then in exchange He poured God's goodness into us."

I Tim. 3:16a

KJV

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh.

TLB

"It is quite true that the matter to live a godly life is not an easy matter, but the answer lies in Christ who came to earth as a man."


Why is it wrong to retell God's Words in my own and call it the "Bible"? What dangers can you see in using a paraphrased "Bible"after reading the comparison examples listed?


Is a paraphrased "Bible" truly God's Word?


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