Thinking Out Loud

October 17, 2008

The Purpose of the Bible: II Tim 3:16 – My Paraphrase

Filed under: bible, Christianity, Faith, theology — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 6:52 pm


Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for

  • teaching
  • rebuking
  • correcting…
  • training in righteousness

The Message

Every part of scripture is God-breathed and is useful one way or another —

  • showing us truth
  • exposing our rebellion
  • correcting our mistakes
  • training us to live God’s way

New Living Translation (NLT)

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to

  • teach us what is true…
  • make us realize what is wrong in our lives…
  • correct us when we are wrong…
  • teach us to do what is right

My very loose paraphrase

All scripture has its point of origin in God’s mind, and

  • shows us the path God would have us walk
  • highlights when and where we’ve gotten off the path
  • points the way back to the path
  • gives us the advice we need to keep from wandering off the path in future

4 Comments »

  1. I love it!

    I am a translations freak (http://lordibelievehelpmyunbelief.blogspot.com/2007/03/word-up.html – at least one other translation has been added since this was posted, maybe two [or more?]).

    But you forgot:

    KJV:

    The Bible as Jesus spake it.

    :o)

    Actually, while I am not a fan of the KJV for translation/theological purposes, I AM a fan of Tyndale (the KJV cribbed a HUGE amount of his NT translation) and his language. Everyone knows how much Shakespear(e) influenced English, but Tyndale did at least as much, if not more. It is funny that even in our ultra-contemporary “Faith Rocks” service on Sunday nights, when it comes to saying the Lord’s Prayer, it is right out of the KJV, and Tyndale before it.

    “Our Father, who art in Heaven…”

    Comment by Jim — October 17, 2008 @ 7:28 pm

  2. very good, I like it.

    Comment by Brian — November 14, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

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