Word Studies in the New Living Translation:  Sheol and Abaddon

Hebrew:  שְאוֺל  (Sheol), אֲבַדּוֺן (Abaddon)English:     the grave, destruction by Mark D. Taylor, NLT Bible Translation Committee The New Living Translation is careful to translate the meaning of the original language (Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic) texts rather than simply providing a word-for-word, literal rendering of those texts. This allows the reader to read the text and […]

Word Studies in the New Living Translation: σάρξ (sarx)

Greek:      σάρξ (sarx)English:     flesh, human body, earthly body, sinful human nature by Mark D. Taylor, NLT Bible Translation Committee The New Testament’s use of the Greek word sarx is both straightforward and complicated. The NLT uses a variety of words to translate sarx. In this article, these different English translations of sarx are marked with […]

Word Study in the New Living Translation: κύριος (kyrios)

by Mark D. Taylor, NLT Bible Translation Committee Greek:      κύριος (kyrios)English:     master, sir, Lord, Lord The word kyrios is used more than 700 times in the New Testament. In the ancient Greek world, kyrios was used to describe a master or a slave owner or a ruler. We see this meaning reflected in Matthew 10:24-25, […]

Why I Switched to the New Living Translation

by Pastor Allen Colemen This was first published on allencoleman.com. We are thankful to Pastor Allen for letting us share his story here. After fifteen years of utilizing the English Standard Version (ESV), I have begun using the New Living Translation (NLT) in my public ministry. Why the switch now? As I’ve gotten older, my […]

Word Studies in the New Living Translation: εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion), εὐαγγελίζω (euangelizō)

Greek:      εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion)English:    good news; gospel Greek:      εὐαγγελίζω (euangelizō)English:    preach (or tell) the good news; preach (or tell) the gospel by Mark D. Taylor, NLT Bible Translation Committee The noun euangelion means, quite literally, “good news.” In the Greco-Roman world this term was used to describe or announce an event of significance, like the rise […]

Word Studies in the New Living Translation: ἱλαστήριον hilasterion

Each month we will be led in a word study by a member of the Bible Translation Committee for the New Living Translation (NLT) or by a member of our Bible editorial team. We hope you will join us on this educational adventure. This month we are learning about: Greek: ἱλαστήριον (hilastērion) English: the cover […]

Why Does the NLT Use Occupy in Deuteronomy 1:21

“Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged!” Deuteronomy 1:21, NLT Recently, we received a question from a reader asking why the translation team for the New Living Translation chose to use the […]

Remaining in Christ

Article from the NLT Study Bible “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” John 15:4, NLT One of Jesus’ favorite words was meno¯, often translated “remain,” “stay,” or “abide.” It […]

A New Step in Bible Accessibility and Understanding from an Inspired International Partner

This fall we are releasing the Daily Reader’s Bible. This Bible is a fresh way to read through the Bible in one year. There are no chapters and verses and the daily readings are grouped together by themes. We thought you would be interested to hear about this Bible from Blaine A. Smith, publisher for […]

Video Story: What the NLT Means to Me

Jay is the pastor at Life House Church in Harlingen, Texas. As a bilingual pastor, Pastor Jay has a passion for both the NLT and NTV. He is excited to share his story of how these translations have helped him grow in his love for God and others. Learn more about the New Living Translation