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I have seen a lot of "new" Bible versions lately, and it has me very worried. A person I know has been encouraging me to read the New Age Bible Version (NABV). I have always read the King James Version and used other versions for comparison only. Should I be mistrustful of this New Age Bible Version?
Tried And True
Dear Tried And True,
There are two things to consider when choosing a Bible translation:
As you may have noticed, the easier a translation is to read, the less accurate it becomes – and the more accurate a translation is, the more difficulty you will have in reading it. The key is to find the right balance between readability and accuracy. There are three types of translations: word-for-word translations, thought-for-thought translations, and paraphrase translations.
Paraphrase translations don’t even attempt to be accurate; all they want to do is make the Bible easy to read. We never recommend a paraphrase translation.
Thought-for-thought translations try and take the original language and translate it using what the translators think is the same idea or concept that the Greek and Hebrew languages were trying to convey. The NRSV, NIRV, and TNIV are all though-for-thought translations. The NIV (currently the most popular version) is a mix between a word-for-word and a thought-for-thought – we have a lengthy article on the NIV translation that will give you more insight into that particular translation (click here to go to that post). Thought-for-thought translations are better than paraphrasing, but they still remove the exact words of Jesus and His apostles and replace them with someone’s best guess at what they might have said if they had spoken in English.
Last, but not least, we have word-for-word translations. Word-for-word translations are exactly what they sound like – they do their best to directly translate every word from the Greek and Hebrew into English. There are currently four major word-for-word translations available: King James Version (KJV), New King James Version (NKJV), American Standard Version (ASV), and New American Standard Version (NASB). God tells us that every word was directly conveyed from God to the original Bible writers (1 Cor 2:13). Since God made a point of divinely inspiring every word of the Bible, we here at AYP only feel comfortable using a translation that keeps those words intact. Personally, we find the NASB and NKJV to be very readable and highly accurate. Having read the New Testament in both the Greek and English (a couple of our AYP writers can read Koine Greek), we have found those two versions to be very sound.
To sum up, if you really want to make sure you are reading what God authored, make sure to ask for a word-for-word translation.
Are Isaiah 14:12 and Ezekiel 28:12-13 really referring to Satan?
Dear Reference Research,
Neither verse is talking about Satan. The King James Version uses the word ‘Lucifer’ in Isa:14:12, and that has created some confusion because people often associate that name with Satan. Most other translations use the words ‘Morning Star’. The verse isn’t talking about Satan; it is talking about the Babylonian king (Isa 14:4). In Ezek 28:12-13, God is talking about the fall of Tyre and His judgment against the city of Tyre’s king. The key to understanding any verse is to keep it in its context. Both of those verses are couched within chapters that discuss the destruction of physical kings and their kingdoms.
My idea about the Holy Spirit is He started to be part of christians after Jesus’ ascension because Jesus promised His disciples to be indwelt in order for them to do marvelous works in the kingdom. My question is: what made the Old Testament believers do God's Will if the Holy Spirit was not yet given to them until the New Testament? What power enabled the early believers in the Old Testament?
The Holy Spirit doesn’t control the actions of every christian; He teaches us through the Word of God. The Holy Spirit came and gave the apostles the ability to precisely teach, preach, and write down what God intended for mankind to know (see “What The Holy Spirit Does” for further details).
The Holy Spirit has always interacted with mankind, but in the Christian era, He has specifically worked through Jesus, Jesus’ apostles, and prophets (Heb 1:1-2). The Old Testament prophets also spoke as the Spirit gave them power (2 Pet 1:21). God specifically said that the Old Testament prophets spoke through the Holy Spirit’s wisdom (Ex 31:1-3, 1 Sam 11:6, 2 Chr 15:1… just to name a few examples).
The Holy Spirit doesn’t force or control the actions of people. He has given us the words of life that we might choose to do what is right when we read and understand God’s Will (Eph 3:3-4).
Who is Miriam?
Miriam was Moses’ sister (Num 26:59). When the children of Israel fled Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, she was a prominent figure – right alongside Moses and Aaron (Mic 6:4). Miriam was a prophetess (Ex 15:20), and she was also known for getting in trouble when she became jealous and spoke out against Moses (Num 12:1-2).
Why did Adam and Eve sin when they saw God, talked with God, and knew He created them? How can any person with that kind of knowledge sin against their Creator?
Would Have Done Better
Dear Would Have Done Better,
It is hard to fathom why Adam and Eve would sin when they had such a close relationship to God, but, then again, people sinned and rejected Jesus even after seeing Him perform miracles (Jhn 12:37). These historical events are simply a reminder to us that sin is so very enticing, and the devil’s lies are extremely alluring. It is best to take the advice God gave to Cain: “Sin is at the door… but you should rule over him” (Gen 4:7).