Psalm 56:12-13

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HERE…we are concerned with the readers…how do the different translations of the Holy Bible impact you in your understanding and love of scripture?  How do they serve to bring you into close communion with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?

ONE EXAMPLE…My Life Verse is Psalm 56:12-13.  Below, this passage is given in six different translations.  Read the passages out loud.  While the message is generally the same in all six, there is a great difference in the impact any one translation can have on a reader.

  • Beauty – there are many synonyms for the concept of love.  Which of these love words brings beauty to the passage?Lord's Prayer Hebrew
  • Lyricism – the Psalms are poetry and song;  the lines of a psalm can be a choppy collection of words or a lyrical passage that “sings itself.”
  • Clarity – a beautiful, lyrical verse of scripture misses the mark if the reader does not understand what is meant in the verse.
  • Accuracy – even with beauty, lyricism and clarity…a verse must accurately convey the information and meaning held in the original text.  Adding, deleting and changing words may be necessary to speak in the language of today’s culture.  But truth is timeless.  What the Holy Bible said to the first readers should be what it says to us today.

BELOW…Read the six passages below for Psalm 56:12-13.  Which speaks best to your heart?  Praying Hands BW DotsTry this with your own favorite verses in the Bible.  If you are like us, you will end up loving all the translations – depending on the verses and passages you are reading.


Cross Filigree   Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

12 My vows to thee I must perform, O God;
I will render thank offerings to thee.
13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death,
yea, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.

Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)  The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Cross Filigree    Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

12 Thy vows are upon me, O God:
I will render praises unto thee.
13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death:
wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)  KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.


  Cross Filigree   Contemporary English Version (CEV)

12 I will keep my promises
to you, my God,
and bring you gifts.
13 You protected me from death
and kept me from stumbling,
so that I would please you
and follow the light
that leads to life.

Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society


  Cross Filigree   Amplified Bible (AMP)

12 Your vows are upon me, O God; I will render praise to You and give You thank offerings.

13 For You have delivered my life from death, yes, and my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life and of the living.

Amplified Bible (AMP)
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation


  Cross Filigree   New International Version (NIV)

12 I am under vows to you, my God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.

New International Version (NIV)  Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


  Cross Filigree   Good News Translation (GNT)

12 O God, I will offer you what I have promised;
I will give you my offering of thanksgiving,
13 because you have rescued me from death
and kept me from defeat.
And so I walk in the presence of God,
in the light that shines on the living.

Good News Translation (GNT)   Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society


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