|Today's English Version
(The Good News Bible)
|Old Covenant||New Covenant|
It is a new translation which seeks to state clearly and accurately the meaning of the original texts in words and forms that are widely accepted by people who use English as a language. It attempts to set forth the Biblical content and message in a standard, everyday, natural form of English.
The basic text used for the Old Testament was the Masoretic Text in the third edition of Biblica Hebraica. Other ancient versions (Greek, Syraic, Latin) were also used at times. The basic text used for the New Testament was The Greek New Testament, although other Greek manuscripts were also used.
The first task was to understand correctly the meaning of the original. The next task was to express that meaning in a manner and a form easily understood by readers. Certain features as hours of the day and measures are given in modern equivalents.
The Tetragrammaton is translated as LORD, in capitals. Where "Adonai" is followed by "Yahweh", the rendering is Sovereign Lord.
Early drafts were reviewed by prominent theologians and Biblical scholars. Drafts were also sent to English-speaking Bible societies. The final approval of the text was given by American Bible Society's Board of Managers upon recommendation of its Translations Department Committee.
There is an introduction and an outline at the beginning of each book.
United Bible Societies (1976)
[Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom]
In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the power of God was moving over the water.
Before the world was created, the Word already existed; he was with God, and he was the same as God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him.
Comparisons which include this version:
Additions and Omissions in the Synoptic Gospels
Bishops, Overseers, Presbyters, and Elders
The Burden and the Yoke to Be Removed
Commandments or Clean Robes?
The Epistle of James
The Falsifying Scribes
From Eternity or From Ancient Times?
The Fringe on the Borders of a Garment
The Gifts of the Spirit
God So Loved the World
Gods, God, or Judges
The Hebrew Synoptic Gospels
Horses from Egypt and Kue
The Israelites and Baal-Peor
The Lord Is My Shepherd: An Anthology
Offering Sacrifices to the He-Goat
Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread
Sabbaths and Sundown
Scripture Inspired by God
The Seventy Weeks of Daniel 9
The Sides of the Court of the Tabernacle
Some Variations in the Book of Acts
The Song of Solomon
The Speech Problem of Moses
The Story of the Adultress
That Which Will Happen Before the End
The Time of Peleg
Was Jesus Forsaken by God?
Words with Heathen Origins in the Scriptures