Favorite NLT Translation: Romans 5:3-5


Thanks to Christian for this submission:

Romans 5:3-5 is, perhaps, one of my favorite passages in scripture. It’s something I look to whenever life gets me down, and I often refer to it when talking friends through their rough times.

I grew up in the Catholic church and the translation I had growing up was NASB. Now, in the NASB, the passage reads like this:

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 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.

Pretty bland.

Now, the last two years of my studies have been NIV, which is a little better:

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

However, I’ve noticed that NLT is appearing more and more, both in Church and on the radio and in emails, so I’m only recently becoming familiar with it. I thought NIV was easy to read and understand, but the NLT surpasses it and also makes it easier to teach scripture to the youth group I lead:

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 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.

The language is beautiful, easy to understand, and doesn’t leave one with the sense of “huh?” that other translations sometimes do.  I find that even middle school students have an easier time understanding scripture from the NLT.

The richness of the NLT translation of this scripture enhances the message that we are to rejoice in the Lord always, and that the tough times we face as believers do serve God’s purpose for the work He is doing within us.

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