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The BSB lies somewhere near the middle of the range from “Word for Word” (Literal) Translations to “Thought for Thought” (Dynamic) Translations. The literal and interlinear tiers are strict word-for-word translations.

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Psalm 23:4
NIV

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

NLT

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

BSB

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

 

Psalm 23:4
NIV

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

NLT

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

BSB

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

 

Psalm 139:14
NIV

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

NLT

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous; how well I know it.

BSB

I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and I know this very well.

 

Proverbs 3:6
NIV

in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

NLT

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

BSB

in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

 

Proverbs 22:6
NIV

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

NLT

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

BSB

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Ecclesiastes 3:1
NIV

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

NLT

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

BSB

To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:

Isaiah 53:5
NIV

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

NLT

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

BSB

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Matthew 6:9
NIV

This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

NLT

Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

BSB

So then, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.

Acts 4:12
NIV

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

NLT

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.

BSB

Salvation exists in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

Romans 8:28
NIV

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

NLT

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

BSB

And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 10:17
NIV

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

NLT

So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

BSB

Consequently, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Romans 12:1
NIV

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

NLT

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

BSB

Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

2 Corinthians 5:17
NIV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

NLT

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

BSB

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!

2 Timothy 3:16
NIV

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

NLT

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

BSB

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Hebrews 4:12
NIV

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

NLT

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

BSB

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Revelation 3:20
NIV

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

NLT

Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.

BSB

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.