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The New Testament in Modern English (Phillips)

Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 Leave a comment

I traditionally read and study the King James Bible. But, at certain points where the translation is crucial, when the meaning could lean to legalism, or where the Old English is just plain too old, reading alternate translations can bring much light.  Aside from the usual suspects like the Amplified Bible, HCSB, the Message, and many others, I have come across a few other more obscure translations that, at least at times, have wonderful and beautiful expressions of the Word.

Today, I highlight one such translation: the New Testament in Modern English by J. B. Phillips (1972). I first heard about this New Testament translation from classes by Arthur Meintjes.  He would often find beautiful passages for certain verses in more obscure translations. Consider Romans 5:21.

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21, KJB)

The whole outlook changes – sin used to be the master of men and in the end handed them over to death; now grace is the ruling factor, with its purpose making men right with God and its end the bringing of them to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21, Phillips)

I think at times, especially when speaking to others, a paraphrase like this one will have a much deeper impact and meaning because of the familiar language and simplicity of presentation.

The Phillips New Testament is available in book form and electronically on Olive Tree Bible Study app (and probably other apps as well).

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