Word for Word Translations vs. Man Centered, Agenda Driven, Works Based Translations

Be VERY careful with your Bible translations. Stick with the word for word or phrase for phrase translations. Many of the others are works based, agenda driven, and man centered. Here’s John 6:29 as an example:

NASB: Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”

ESV: Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

KJV: Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

NKJV: Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

NRSV: Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

HCSB: Jesus replied, “This is the work of God—that you believe in the One He has sent.”

ALL of these versions state that our belief is the work of God.

 

 

Now look at some of the non word for word translations that make our belief out to be our work:

NLT: Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”

VOICE: If you want to do God’s work, then believe in the One He sent.

NET: Jesus replied, “This is the deed God requires—to believe in the one whom he sent.”

CEB: Jesus replied, “This is what God requires, that you believe in him whom God sent.”

AMP: Jesus replied, This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger].

and the worst offender of them all; The Message:
Jesus said, “Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. That kind of a commitment gets you in on God’s works.”

See the difference? This is just one verse from one chapter from one book from the entire Bible. Avoid these works based man centered translations. They are NOT the Word of God.

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