For this assignment, I chose to use a well-known passage, Philippians 4:12-13. I read this passage in King James Version, New King James Version, English Standard Version, Holman Christian Standard Bible, and the Amplified Version. Each translation rendered these two verses well and there was not a large difference between the five translations.
In the KJV and NKJV, there were little differences between wordings. The NKJV changed “instructed” to “learned” and changed “strengtheneth” to “strengthens”. I find the NKJV easier for me, as a younger man to read and understand, I guess you could say it flows better in reading for my personal use. My personal favorite translation is ESV. In reading Philippians 4:12-13 in the ESV Bible, I found a better understanding. I work with youth and when I use this version to teach from, I do not have to explain things as much. The example in this text come from the word “abased” found in the KJV and the NKJV. In ESV, “abased” is changed to “be brought low” which is the meaning of abased, but it allows for a more smooth reading because one does not have to stop and look up the word to get the full understanding of the text. I have not used the HCSB text many times, but through this activity, I have found that it may also prove to be a great translation to use with students. Through reading it, I could see a student speaking in that manner, which would benefit them well. Again, I have not used the Amplified version much. I believe this version would be a great study tool. While reading Philippians 4:12-13 in the Amplified Bible, I began asking myself if I, indeed, live humbly in all circumstances. The Amplified version listed many circumstances that were not listed in other texts because they can be said without being spelled-out, but the Amplified text does just that: it spells out each part of the text.
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