About this Book

The Voice™ is a faithful dynamic equivalent translation that reads like a story with all the truth and wisdom of God’s Word. Through compelling narratives, poetry, and teaching, The Voice invites readers to enter into the whole story of God, enabling them to hear God speaking and to experience His presence in their lives. Through a collaboration of nearly 120 biblical scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and artists, The Voice recaptures the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in the translation process. The result is a retelling of the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works yet painstakingly true to the original manuscripts.

Features include:

  • Two-color text
  • Italicized information added to help contemporary readers understand what original readers would have known intuitively
  • In-text commentary notes that include cultural, historical, theological, or devotional thoughts
  • Screenplay format, ideal for public readings and group studies
  • Book introductions
  • Presentation page for personalization
  • Reading plans for Lent, Easter, Advent, and more
  • Topical Guide to the Notes
  • Topical Guide to the Scripture

My Review

I realize there are a lot of Bibles out there and some will ask do we really need another, maybe yes, maybe no but I really like this Bible. (I liked it well enough to buy a leather bond copy).

The things I like about this version is it stays true to the original language. As a seminary student I was taught to use Bibles that were literal translations from the original language such as NASB or RSV. As I read The Voice I could compare it to those versions and see similar phrasing and words. But The Voice translators add thoughts to help give context to the story. The translators and editors were careful to distinguish words that they added to assist the understanding the text by putting them in italics. These additions make the passages easier to understand. Here’s the Lord Prayer from the NASB and The Voice.

9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

The Voice

9 Your prayers, rather, should be simple, like this: Our Father in heaven, let Your name remain holy.
10 Bring about Your kingdom.Manifest Your will here on earth, as it is manifest in heaven.
11 Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—
12 And forgive us our debts as we forgive those who owe us something.
13 Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [But let Your kingdom be, and let it be powerful and glorious forever. Amen.]

I would recommend this Bible for anyone who wants to read a version that is true to the original language with additions that help the stories flow and make them easier to understand.

Disclaimer: I did receive a copy of The Voice New Testament from the publisher but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion. And for the record I purchased the complete The Voice Bible when it became available.

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