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Working with the New Living Translation

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I found a translation Romans 12:9-17 posted on the wall of a friend’s living room. I immediately asked him from which tranlation it was. Since he could not remember, I began looking at the translations available in my small library. When I didn’t find it there, I began to think that maybe this translation was from the Contemporary English Translation. It wasn’t. The other day, I chanced into this bookstore and found there a copy of the New Living Translation. Still wondering about the translation of Romans that I read, I leafed through its pages. And lo, it was there! Needless to say, I bought the NLT inspite of the stiff price (about PHP2,100)

I must say that the New Living Translation does make the Scriptures come alive in the English language. I have been comparing it with the Douay-Rheims version I normally use for meditation . Here are a sample passages that I have found interesting:

Deut. 6:6-9 And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart:And thou shalt tell them to thy children, and thou shalt meditate upon them sitting in thy house, and walking on thy journey, sleeping and rising.And thou shalt bind them as a sign on thy hand, and they shall be and shall move between thy eyes.And thou shalt write them in the entry, and on the doors of thy house.  (Douay-Rheims)

Deut. 6:6-9  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again.  Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Ps. 50:16  But to the sinner God hath said: Why dost thou declare my justices, and take my covenant in thy mouth?  (Douay-Rheims)Ps. 50:16  But God says to the wicked:  Recite my laws no longer and don’t pretend that you obey me.  (NLT)

Prov 11:17-20 A merciful man doth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel casteth off even his own kindred./  The wicked maketh an unsteady work: but to him that soweth justice, there is a faithful reward./Clemency prepareth life: and the pursuing of evil things, death. / A perverse heart is abominable to the Lord: and his will is in them that walk sincerely.Prov. 11:17-20  Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel./ Evil people get rich for the moment, but the reward of the godly will last. / Godly people find life; evil people find death./ The Lord hates people with twisted hearts, but he delights in those who have integrity.

Amos 1:11 Thus saith the Lord: For three crimes of Edom, and for four I will not convert him: because he hath pursued his brother with the sword, and hath carried on his fury, and hath kept his wrath to the end.Amos 1:11  This is what the Lord says:  “The people of Edom have sinned again and again and again, and I will not forget it.  I will not let them go unpunished any longer.  They chased down their relatives, the Israelites, with swords.  They showed them no mercy and were unrelenting in their anger.

Hosea 11:4 I will draw them with the cords of Adam, with the bands of love: and I will be to them as one that taketh off the yoke on their jaws: and I put his meat to him that he might eat. (Douay-Rheims)

Hosea 11:4  I led Israel along with my ropes of kindness and love.  I lifted the yoke from his neck, and I myself stooped to feed him. (NLT) 

Isaiah 10:3 What will you do in the day of visitation, and of the calamity which cometh from afar? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?

Isaiah 10:3  What will you do when I send desolation upon you from a distant land?  To whom will you turn for help?  Where will your treasure be safe?

Rom. 4:1 What shall we say then that Abraham hath found, who is our father according to the flesh?   (Douay-Rheims)Rom. 4:1  Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. (NLT) 

Rom. 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good, (Douay-Rheims)Rom. 12:9 Don’t just pretend that you love others.  Really love them.  Hate what is wrong.  Stand on the side of good.  (NLT)

1 Cor. 13:7  (Love) Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. (Douay)1 Cor. 13:7  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance (NLT)

Gal. 5:6  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing nor uncircumcision: but faith that worketh by Charity.  (Douay-Rheims)
Gal. 5:6  For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, it makes no difference to God whether we are circumcised or not circumcised.  What is important is faith expressing itself in love. (NLT)

Originally posted 2005-05-20 21:34:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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