Dont listen to the, Voice because it isnt the Word!
I am pretty picky about Bible translations. Call me crazy, but I think we shouldnt try to make the Bible easier to read. I mean come on, how hard is it to read already? What more do you want? It has been translated into English in the KJV, NKJV, NASB, and ESV. If you cant understand the last three a new translation isnt going to help you. People dont fail to read the Bible because it is over their reading skill. They fail to read it because it is beyond their desire scale. They simply dont want to. The unregenerate find it boring at best and offensive at worst. The, Voice claims that people need this version because the others are too difficult to understand. I say, Hogwash!
If a person is regenerate and has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we know that they will desire to read the word and it will be understood by them. We also know that Gods word is always relevant and efficacious. So instead of twisting it all around to fit some emergent church movement agenda how about we just do good faithful translations and leave all of the Creative Teams and Writing Teams out of it. Notice these names on the list Brian McLaren, and Phyllis Tickle. They are two of the most heretical emergent church movement leaders.
So for my litmus test I always compare what the new version says in John 1:1-14 to my good old NASB.
Here is the text from the, Voice
1Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking.
The Voice was and is God.
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. I believe the NASB is actually easier to understand here than the Voice lol.
2This celestial Word remained ever present with the Creator; 2He was in the beginning with God. Ditto my previous statement.
3His speech shaped the entire cosmos.
Immersed in the practice of creating,
all things that exist were birthed in Him.
3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. Nope, I checked the Greek, they added all the artsy verbiage.
4His breath filled all things
with a living, breathing light
4In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. Word for Word the NASB is the same as the Greek.
5A light that thrives in the depths of darkness,
blazes through murky bottoms.
It cannot and will not be quenched.
5The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. Light thrives? Did these clowns even read the Bible first? Hey Phds do a word study.
6A man named John, who was sent by God, was the first to clearly articulate the source of this Light. 6There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. So they just added, was the first to clearly articulate the source of this Light. Because, you know, they are smarter than GodNOT!
7This baptizer put in plain words the elusive mystery of the Divine Light so all might believe through him. Some wondered whether he might be the Light, 7He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. Tell me again how the Voice is supposed to be a simpler, easier to read version ha! What a joke. It is a perversion.
8but John was not the Light. He merely pointed to the Light. 8He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. to testify or bear witness I wonder where they got, pointed?
9The true Light, who shines upon the heart of everyone, was coming into the cosmos. 9There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. The English word, cosmos doesnt have the same meaning as the Greek word, kosmos.
10He entered our world, a world He made; yet the world did not recognize Him. 10He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. Again, NASB more accurate and simple.
11Even though He came to His own people, they refused to listen and receive Him. 11He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. ditto
12But for all who did receive and trust in Him, He gave them the right to be reborn as children of God; 12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, ditto
13He bestowed this birthright not by human power or initiative but by Gods will. 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. The Voice loses some of the meaning retained in the NASB.
14The Voice took on flesh and became human and chose to live alongside us. We have seen Him, enveloped in undeniable splendorthe one true Son of the Fatherevidenced in the perfect balance of grace and truth. 14And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. Logos!!! Not voice. You just called Sovereign God a voice when He called Jesus the Word! Repent! ARRRRGG!!! I cant go on!
So in conclusion, DONT READ OR BUY THE VOICE VERSION OF THE BIBLE!!! IT ISNT THE BIBLE, IT TWISTS THE WORD OF GOD SO EMERGENT HERETICS CAN CORRUPT THE TRUE FAITH!!!
This version is beautifully written. It is very readable and aligns appropriately. It reads like a story and tells you who is speaking. My husband loves his and reads a lot more and my teenager enjoys reading it also and has asked for one for herself.
I find it so sad that some people have reviewed this translation with a pious, elitist attitude BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY READ IT (or at least spend significant time with it, instead of just reading the "sample pages"). It breaks my heard that these are probably those who also claim that there is no real translation except for the difficult to read KJV...and thus create a divisive faction in Christ-followers. Honestly, this translation is wonderful for reading...which I have used daily for months. I love reading daily from The Voice...I actually hear the voice of God and see His greatness and holiness like in no other translation. Yes, it is a little unconventional, and I don't use this version for deep "study" of the word of God. On the other hand, it sings off the page! I am not saying that it is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I encourage EVERYONE to just give it a try...a REAL TRY in DAILY time with the Lord. The Voice may not be perfect, but I believe God's word transforms lives and this translation makes it easily digestible. .
Recommend this Bible highly...extremely high quality craftsman/womanship leather cover, reading it helps to understand the Bible in a way I never did before, a treasure one must have plus it aids people to have a job
My goal will be to read through the Voice in thre next two years. I have read bits and pieces, so am getting used to the format. I know it will be an interesting and inspiring experience. I try to read through a new or different translation every year. I look forward to God revealing Himself in new and fresh ways this coming year.