I was going through the marginal notes of the NASU where it had : "Lit. __ ". In the book of Proverbs from chapters 1 - 21 there were 229 such occasions where the literal was noted in the margin and not in the text itself . That's rather staggering for what many think is the most ( next to the NKJ ) literal English version around . I then went to the HCS Bible and saw 73 footnotes where the literal is givenin the footnotes and a more dynamic rendering is in the text . I found when looking at those 73 notes (for chapters 1 to 21) that the NASU had 17 of them in the text . The ESV had 15 , and the TNIV had 14 . That's pretty close among those versions , don't you think ? It is especially interesting because the TNIV is derided because it is considered too dynamic . Yet it matches up well with these rivals . Of course the book of Proverbs is just one book . It may not be representative . I shall see . Meanwhile I will compare the ESV ( at the top ) and the TNIV ( below ) for some examples of what I see as much better wording in the latter . The accuracy of the meaning is not compromised either . I see a lot of bad grammar and unnatural speech that slipped the attention of Leland Ryken in his quest for literary excellence . 1:3 wise dealing prudent behavior 1:14 we will all have one purse we will all share the loot 3:8 It will be healing to your flesh This will bring health to your body 6:28 his feet not be scorched withou his feet being scorched ? 7:21 with much seductive speech with persuasive words 9:5 eat of my bread eat my food 11:3 the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity 11:8 The righteous is delivered from trouble The righteous are rescued from trouble 11:14 a people falls a nation falls 11:24 and only suffers want but comes to poverty 11:31 If the righteous is repaid on earth the righteous receive their due 12:16 The vexation of a fool is known at once Fools show their annoyance at once 13:5 The righteous hates falsehood The righteous hate what is false 13:25 The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite The righteous eat to their hearts' content 14:16 One who is wise is cautious The wise fear the Lord 14:20 The poor is disliked The poor are shunned To be continued later . Will you wait with baited breath ? Or will you simply be expectant ?