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The translators, the committees, and the editors sought to maintain the lyrical quality of the King James Version while being sensitive to the late twentieth century English idiom and adhering faithfully to the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. Where obsolescence and other reading difficulties existed, present-day vocabulary, punctuation, and grammar were integrated. Words representing ancient objects which have no modern substitutes were retained. A special feature is the conformity to the thought flow of the 1611 Bible. King James spelling of untranslated words was retained, but made uniform throughout. Standard doctrinal and theological terms were retained. Pronouns and verb endings no longer in use were replaced by modern words. Pronouns referring to God were capitalized. Frequent use of "and" was limited., and, where the original language permitted, replaced by other words. The format was designed to enhance vividness and devotional quality of the Scriptures.

The text used for the Old Testament was the 1967/1977 Stuttgart edition of Biblia Hebraica. There was supplementary use of the 1524/1525 Bomberg edition of Biblia Hebraica, Septuagint, Latin Vulgate, and Dead Sea Scrolls.

The New Testament was based on the traditional text of Greek-speaking churches, first published in 1516 and later referred to as the Received Text. It is the fifth revision of the New Testament translated from specific Greek texts.

Thomas Nelson (1990)

[Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom]

Genesis 1: 1, 2

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.


John 1: 1 - 3

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

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