Challenge #3: Day 17

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The Living Bible

  • Year Completed: 1971
  • Type of Translation: Paraphrase
  • Reading Level: 8.5
  • # of Scholars involved: 1

Ecclesiastes 9

Go to www.biblestudytools.com and type in the reading for today. Choose the LB for the translation.

1. Choose a verse or two to write out in your notebook.

2. When you have finished reading, write down in your notebook your thoughts about this translation. Was it hard/easy to read? Did the language confuse or appeal to you?

Challenge #3: Day 16

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Ecclesiastes 6

What you have read from over the past few days is a sampling of translations that use a blend of word-for-word and thought-for-thought or dynamic equivalence philosophy. These are usually good Bible’s for reading, as the English is usually more familiar. However, they are more likely to be influenced by the interpretive views of the translators.
Here are a few more translations that use this philosophy that you can try out if you like:

NAB, NCB, NLT, GW, ERV

Do the reading for today in whichever translation you would like that uses this philosophy.

1. Choose a verse or two to write out in your notebook.

2. Decide which is your favourite translation in this category.

Challenge #3: Day 15

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New English Bible or Revised English Bible

  • Year Completed: 1989
  • Type of Translation: Word for word/Thought for Thought Blend
  • Reading Level: Grade 7
  • # of Scholars Involved: 26

Ecclesiastes 3

Go to www.biblestudytools.com/parallel-bible/ and type in the reading for today. Choose the NEB and one from yesterday and they will come up in parallel windows. Read it through first in the translation for today and then go back a compare it with the other translation you have chosen.

1. Choose a verse or two to write out in your notebook.

2. Write down your thoughts about this translation: what you like, what you don’t like, and differences you may have noticed between the two you were comparing. If you preferred one, then use it tomorrow to compare with the next translation.

Challenge #3: Day 14

bibletranslationsCommon English Bible

  • Year Completed: 2011
  • Type of Translation: Word for word/Thought for Thought Blend
  • Reading Level: Grade 7
  • # of Scholars Involved: 120

Proverbs 31

Go to www.biblestudytools.com/parallel-bible/ and type in the reading for today. Choose the CEB and one from yesterday and they will come up in parallel windows. Read it through first in the translation for today and then go back a compare it with the other translation you have chosen.

1. Choose a verse or two to write out in your notebook.

2. Write down your thoughts about this translation: what you like, what you don’t like, and differences you may have noticed between the two you were comparing. If you preferred one, then use it tomorrow to compare with the next translation.

Challenge #3: Day 13

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Good News Translation

  • Year Completed: 1976
  • Type of Translation: Word for word/Thought for Thought Blend
  • Reading Level: Grade 6
  • # of Scholars Involved: 7

Proverbs 20

Go to www.biblestudytools.com/parallel-bible/ and type in the reading for today. Choose the GNT and one from yesterday and they will come up in parallel windows. Read it through first in the translation for today and then go back a compare it with the other translation you have chosen.

1. Choose a verse or two to write out in your notebook.

2. Write down your thoughts about this translation: what you like, what you don’t like, and differences you may have noticed between the two you were comparing. If you preferred one, then use it tomorrow to compare with the next translation.

Challenge #3: Day 12

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New Jerusalem Bible

  1. Year Completed: 1986
  2. Type of Translation: Word for word/Thought for Thought Blend
  3. Reading Level: Grade 7.5

Proverbs 23

Go to www.biblestudytools.com/parallel-bible/ and type in the reading for today. Choose the NJB and one from the last few days and they will come up in parallel windows. Read it through first in the translation for today and then go back a compare it with the other translation you have chosen.

1. Choose a verse or two to write out in your notebook.

2. Write down your thoughts about this translation: what you like, what you don’t like, and differences you may have noticed between the two you were comparing. If you preferred one, then use it tomorrow to compare with the next translation.

Challenge #3: Day 11

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New English Translation

  • Year Completed: 2005
  • Type of Translation: Word for word/Thought for Thought Blend
  • Reading Level: Grade 7
  • # of Scholars Involved: 23

Proverbs 8

This translation was intended for use on the internet and you can download this version onto your computer. The benefit of this translation is that, although it is translated with a bias towards thought for thought, the footnotes contain lots of material on the original wording and background.

Go to net.bible.org and type in the reading for today. Read it through and check out the notes as well.

1. Choose a verse or two to write out in your notebook.

2. Write down your thoughts about this translation: what you like, what you don’t like.

Challenge #3: Day 10

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New International Version

  • Year Completed: 1978
  • Type of Translation: Word for word/Thought for Thought Blend
  • Reading Level: Grade 8
  • # of Scholars Involved: 110

Proverbs 3

Go to www.biblestudytools.com/parallel-bible/ and type in the reading for today. Choose the NIV and one from yesterday and they will come up in parallel windows. Read it through first in the translation for today and then go back a compare it with the other translation you have chosen.

1. Choose a verse or two to write out in your notebook.

2. Write down your thoughts about this translation: what you like, what you don’t like, and differences you may have noticed between the two you were comparing. If you preferred one, then use it tomorrow to compare with the next translation.

Challenge #3: Day 9

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International Standard Version

  • Year Completed: 2011
  • Type of Translation: Word for word/Thought for Thought Blend
  • Reading Level: Grade 8.5
  • # of Scholars Involved: 7

Psalm 137

Go to www.biblestudytools.com/parallel-bible/ and type in the reading for today. Choose the ISV and one from yesterday and they will come up in parallel windows. Read it through first in the translation for today and then go back a compare it with the other translation you have chosen.

1. Choose a verse or two to write out in your notebook

2. Write down your thoughts about this translation: what you like, what you don’t like, and differences you may have noticed between the two you were comparing. If you preferred one, then use it tomorrow to compare with the next translation.

Challenge #3: Day 8

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New Revised Standard Version

  1. Year Completed: 1989
  2. Type of Translation: Word for word/Thought for Thought Blend
  3. Reading Level: Grade 10.5
  4. # of Scholars Involved: 30

Psalm 127-128

Go to www.biblestudytools.com/parallel-bible/ and type in the reading for today. Choose the NRSV and one from yesterday and they will come up in parallel windows. Read it through first in the translation for today and then go back a compare it with the other translation you have chosen.

1. Choose a verse or two to write out in your notebook.

2. Write down your thoughts about this translation: what you like, what you don’t like, and differences you may have noticed between the two you were comparing. If you preferred one, then use it tomorrow to compare with the next translation.