"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'to' is too.

Discussion in 'Bible Versions/Translations' started by Deacon, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. Deacon

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    I’m a firm believer in comparing versions to get a handle on the full range of possible meanings of the English text.

    I use several and use my rudimentary Greek and Hebrew skills in an attempt to understanding why the versions disagree when they do.

    I generally study in the English Standard Version with the New American Standard (95 update) as a back up
    Other “go-to” versions usually include the New Living Translation, New International Version, to supplement the original language texts.

    When I study for teaching I might include the New King James Version and older NIV (84) because others might be studying from them.

    I’m not surprised to find that my own favorite version fails a multi-version comparison as often as any other.

    While studying Matthew 5:26 earlier in the week I came across a difference I never noticed before that significantly changed my views on the Sermon on the Mount.

    …one little word…


    “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
    Matthew 5:27–28 ESV

    “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
    Matthew 5:27–28 NKJV

    “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
    Matthew 5:27–28 NASB95

    “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
    Matthew 5:27–28 NIV

    Do you see a difference?
    I like the NKJV the best, it surprised me!

    Does the difference make a difference to you too?


    Also notice the title differences too!
    The NKJV labels the section, "Adultery" as many other do.:(

    IMO, the ESV correctly titles the paragraph, "Lust" :thumbsup:


    Rob
     
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  2. JesusFan

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    main point here is that all of those versions that you listed here accurately conveyed what God intended, as happens most of the time with just about all Modern versions of the Bible!
     

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