This week, we are examining God’s Word Translation in regards to the a literal and a thought for thought translation. I am using the NASB which is highly literal and the NLT which is my preferred choice, and somewhere between thought for thought and literal. I will take different chapters or passages, prooftexting, and put then against recognized versions. I ask my readers to participate, showing me what they like or don’t like.
God’s Word to the Nations
New American Standard
New Living Translation
|1 Now that we have God’s approval by faith, we have peace with God because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done.||1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,||1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.|
|2 Through Christ we can approach God and stand in his favor. So we brag because of our confidence that we will receive glory from God.||2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.||2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.|
|3 But that’s not all. We also brag when we are suffering. We know that suffering creates endurance,||3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;||3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.|
|4 endurance creates character, and character creates confidence.||4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;||4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.|
|5 We’re not ashamed to have this confidence, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.||5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.||5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.|
|6 Look at it this way: At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people.||6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.||6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.|
|7 Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die for a good person.||7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.||7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.|
|8 Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us.||8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.||8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.|
|9 Since Christ’s blood has now given us God’s approval, we are even more certain that Christ will save us from God’s anger.||9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.||9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.|
|10 If the death of his Son restored our relationship with God while we were still his enemies, we are even more certain that, because of this restored relationship, the life of his Son will save us.||10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.||10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.|
|11 In addition, our Lord Jesus Christ lets us continue to brag about God. After all, it is through Christ that we now have this restored relationship with God.||11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.||11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.|
Here is a copy of Romans from GW in PDF.
I am going to reserve my full comments for the review sometime next week.
v. 2, 3 & 11, ‘brag’ is too loose. While the Greek is καυχώμεθα, meaning to boast, I am unsure as to the equality of Paul’s boasting to the idea of bragging.
v. 7, I believe the NLT has the idea expressed correctly.
v. 8, GW is clear and concise
v. 9, ‘approval’ seems to be loose
v. 11b, GW is dynamic, opposed to the literal NASB, but I believe it accurately describes the result of justification.