ESV Contrasted With The NLTse

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  1. Rippon

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    Ecclesiastes

    1:14
    ESV : striving after wind
    NLT : chasing the wind

    2:14
    ESV : The wise person has his eyes in his head
    NLT : the wise can see where they are going

    2:16
    ESV : For the wise as of the fool there is no enduring remembrance
    NLT : The wise will not be remembered any longer than the fool

    3:18
    ESV : God is testing them that they themselves are but beasts
    NLT : God proves to people that they are like animals

    4:5
    ESV : eats his own flesh
    NLT : leading them to ruin

    4:12
    ESV : two will not withstand him
    NLT : two can stand back-to-back and conquer

    5:13
    ESV : rich were kept by their owner to his hurt
    NLT : Hoarding riches harms the saver

    5:14
    ESV : he is father of a son, but he has nothing in his hand
    NLT : there is nothing left to pass on to one's children

    7:10
    ESV : Say not,"Why were the former days better than these?"
    NLT : Don't long for the good old days.

    7:11
    ESV : those who see the sun
    NLT : as you go through life

    7:27
    ESV : while adding one thing to another to find the scheme of things
    NLT : I discovered this after looking at the matter from every possible angle.

    8:9
    ESV : when man had power over man to his hurt
    NLT : where people have the power to hurt each other

    8:11
    ESV : Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily
    NLt : When a crime is not punished quickly

    10:4
    ESV : calmness will lay great offenses to rest
    NLT : A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes.

    11:8
    ESV : the days of darkness will be many
    NLT : there will be many dark days

    12:11
    ESV : like goads
    NLT : like cattle prods
     
  2. TomVols

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    Ecclesiastes (TNIV)
    2:14 "The wise have eyes in their heads"
    7:11 "Those who see the sun"
    7:27 "“Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things
    10:4 "calmness can lay great offenses to rest"
    12:11 "The words of the wise are like goads"

    There are others that are almost word for word like the ESV, but I don't think they're that terrible in terms of structure.

    Remind me, do you prefer the NLTse to the TNIV, or does it depend on the pericope? If you're like me, I'm so translation-schitzophrenic it's not even funny :tongue3:
     
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    Again, ESV comes out on the bottom, in my opinion.

    I actually enjoy the NLT quite a bit.
     
  4. Rippon

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    Good job. I would like to see renderings like these retired from the new NIV.


    I prefer the TNIV --all things considered. However,there are many occasions in which the NLTse has superior and more precise wording than does the TNIV. But TNIV is more middle-of-the-road in translation philosophy.It captures the best of both worlds generally.
     
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    I love the NLT for the epistles. I am not crazy about the gospels, but for old testament reading and the reading of Paul's letters it is great.
     
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    My wife has used the NLT for some years now. At first I was somewhat resistant to it, but now it is one of my favorite translations.

    I don't have an ESV, but I have used it on E-sword. It's not my favorite, but it's alright.
     

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