The REB is the Revised English Bible . It's an update of the New English Bible .A number have said that its English is the best since the Elizabethan KJV .This translation is more functionally equivalent than the TNIV, though the language is more stately .I would like to quote some of its renderings . I will start off with 1 Corinthians . 1:17 : Christ did not send me to baptize , but to proclaim the gospel ; and to do it without recourse to the skills of rhetoric , lest the cross of Christ be robbed of its effect . 2:1 : So it was , my friends , that I came to you , without any pretentions to eloquence or wisdom in declaring the truth about God . 2:7 : I speak of God's hidden wisdom , though not a wisdom belonging to this present age or to its governing powers , already in decline . 3:18 : Make no mistake about this : if there is anyone among you who fancies himself wise -- wise , I mean , by the standards of this age -- he must become a fool if he is to be truly wise . 4:19 : I shall come very soon , if it is the Lord's will ; and then I shall take the measure of these self-important people , not by what they say , but by what they can do 5:6 : Your self-satisfaction ill becomes you . Have you never heard the saying ,'A little leaven leavens all the dough'? 7:35 : In saying this I am thinking simply of your own good . I have no wish to keep you on a tight rein ; I only want you to be beyond criticism and be free from distraction in your devotion to the Lord . 9:18 : Then what is my pay ? It is the satisfaction of preaching the gospel without expense to anyone ; in other words , of waiving the rights my preaching gives me . 10:11 : All these things that happened to them were symbolic , and were recorded as a warning for us , upon whom the end of the ages has come . 13:9 : For our knowledge and our prophecy alike are partial . 14:7 : Even with inanimate things that produce sounds -- a flute , say , or a lyre -- unless their notes are distinct , how can you tell what tune is being played ? 14:9 : In the same way , if what you say in tongues yields no precise meaning , how can anyone tell what is what is being said ? You will be taliking to empty air . 14:11 : If I do not know the speaker's language , his words will be gibberish to me , and mine to him . 16:2 : Every Sunday each of you is to put aside and keep by him whatever he can afford , so that there need be no collecting when I come . 16:11 : so no one must slight him . Speed him on his way with your blessing ;for he is to join me , and I am waiting for him with our friends .