Exodus 22:8-9 “God” or “Judges”?

I think this will really bug some people as it bugs me.  It seems that Exodus 22:8-9 is clearly referring to judges but some translations like the NLT,  ESV, NRSV rendered elohim as "God"; but TNIV and CSB rendered elohim as "judges".  Yes, technically, "God" is correct; but it seems clear to me that elohim …

Luke 18:29 – Is TNIV gender-accurate?

Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother (NRSV) And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother (TNIV) Mark 10:29 there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father (NRSV) no one who has …

NRSV and NLT are now my two gender-inclusive translations of choice

Hopefully, this will be my last post on the TNIV for a little while. There are better things to blog about. As for a gender-accurate (gender-inclusive) translation, I will be going with the NRSV as my main translation of choice; second will be the NLT.  I may be in the minority camp here but I …

Zondervan and TNIV: like a father who has thrown out its child after birth

Biblica has lauched a new website at http://www.nivbible2011.com to receive inquiries about the new NIV .  Watch the video.  They need to apologize to those who supported the TNIV but I haven’t heard a word.  What they said is really to please its critics. Due to this recent move by Zondervan, I think I will …

My eulogy and final blessings go with the TNIV. 2001 – 2009. RIP

Amongst my most popular tags were “TNIV”.  The life support it received from some of us blogger fans of the TNIV just wasn’t enough to keep it going.  I know there are many of us blogging about this issue.  I've just previous blogged about it here earlier today but I think the TNIV needs a …

The TNIV is now officially a dead translation

Thanks to a commenter here I've just learned that the people at Zondervan have officially killed the Today's New International Version (TNIV translation).  Christianity Today blog has just released news of this decision which had been brewing in the headquarters at Zondervan within the last ten days.  Zondervan’s past and present supporters of the TNIV …

Eph. 3:16-18 “I pray that…”

Ephesians 3:16 - 18: ESV: that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, NLT: I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. NRSV: I pray that, according to …

John 1:13, TNIV – It’s man, not husband

As I was reading John 1:1-18, a Christmas reading related to Christ birth into this world, I came across a word that stuck out for me in John 1:13:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born …

TNIV Reference Bible, Renaissance Fine Leather

I want to thank Zondervan for the wonderful promotional copy of the TNIV Reference Bible in the Renaissance fine leather edition. And I also must say thanks to TC Robinson at New Leaven for his correspondence with Zondervan to get some of us pastors signed up for this outstanding gift.When I opened the box, and …

What are the most authoritative translations?

ElShaddai Edwards and I have been conversing about the REB/NEB over at his blog at He is Sufficient. Our conversation has become an interesting conversation regarding the authority of bible translations.ElShaddai said to me: “Thank you for using “authoritative” instead of “accurate”. It’s an interesting distinction and one that I’ve been thinking of exploring rather …

Romans 6:17 – TNIV vs HCSB vs ESV vs NRSV

Here’s a comparison of Romans 6:17 between four major translations. I was studying this for my sermon preparation and found this interesting difference. Romans 6:17 TNIV:But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed …

Search for a mediating translation: TNIV vs HCSB vs NAB – a conclusion

This series was meant to search out a favorite mediating translation and was not for the purpose of coming to a conclusion to a “best translation”. A “favorite translation” can be very subjective because one person’s criteria as to why one is their favorite translation might be different than another person’s criteria. However, I can …

Mediating translation comparison #5: TNIV vs HCSB vs NAB – Matthew 10:24, 28

So once again… the comparison series between mediating translations continues with Matthew, ch. 10. Matt. 10:24—student vs disciple; servant vs slave TNIV:Students are not above their teacher, nor servants above their master. It is enough for students to be like their teacher, and servants like their master. HCSB:A disciple is not above his teacher, or …

Mediating translation comparison #4: TNIV vs HCSB vs NAB – Acts 2:11, 17-18

The comparison series between mediating translations continues with the rest of Acts, ch.2 Acts 2:11 TNIV: (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs--we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" HCSB: both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs--we hear them speaking in our own languages the magnificent acts of …

Mediating translation comparison #3: TNIV vs HCSB vs NAB – Acts 2:3-4

The comparison series between mediating translations continues with the Acts of the Apostles, ch.2, the passage that deals with the birth of the church, and is in the spirit of Pentecost Sunday. It is also an admired passage for pentecostals and charismatics. (Note, the season of Pentecost, May 11 - July 27, is a part …