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  • To provide a modern version that retains accuracy.
  • To update archaic words and grammar.
  • To use new materials, such as manuscripts, to improve accuracy.


    Plurals Indicated:
    Plus signs are used next to words such as you+ and your+ when they refer to a group of two or more. This is done to improve accuracy.

    The Name of God:
    The name "Yahweh" (a personal name for God) and "Yah" (a contracted form of Yahweh) are used instead of what is rendered in many versions as "LORD".

    Bracketed Text:
    Brackets [ ] are generally used to enclose words supplied in the translation that are not present in the original Bible text in order to make a passage more understandable.

    Books of the Bible:
  • First Maccabees is included (click here for more information).
  • The Wisdom of Sirach is included but only through 16:23 (click here for more information).
  • The Book of Acts is no longer included (click here for more information).
  • The order of the books places the New Testament before the Old Testament; and the book of John before Matthew (click here for more information).

    Gender has generally been translated literally. Words such as man, woman, son, daughter, he, she, him, and her are generally left in the same gender as they were in the original texts. There is no overall effort to remove such distinctions or to make this a gender inclusive translation.

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