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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (Joh 3:16, KJV).

There are several hundred translations of the Holy Bible, which could be good or bad depending on how you look at it. Have you ever wondered why so many translations and what the difference between them is? We did, so we decided to see what we could find out. There are four general types of Biblical translations; literal, paraphrase, thought-for-thought, and those that are a combination of these or just don't fit any particular category. We've tried our best to put the various translations in the proper category (difficult since a word-for-word translation is almost impossible), and for those that we were not able to categorize or that are poor translations we have an "Other" category. Please email us with your comments and, if you can, to fill in some of the blanks, as we'd like to be accurate. Below you'll see links to pages that include the different types of translations (literal, thought-for-thought, paraphrase, or other) and a listing of the translations we have looked at so far below that. Click on the links to find out more about the translation and how that translation depicts John 3:16. You'll also find a link to some information on the original texts used in translations and other information on our Bible Translation Information page. Please understand that we did not gather most of this information, and that it came from a variety of sources (with permission). Please let us know if you feel anything here is incorrect so we can check it out. Also, we've begun a new project in researching translations at Bible

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1 American King James Version (AKJV) – Literal

2 American Standard Version (ASV) – Literal

3 An American Translation (AAT) - Paraphrase

4 Amplified Bible (AMP) – Thought For Thought

5 Analytical-Literal Translation (ALT) – Literal

6 Anchor Bible - Other

7 Ancient Roots Translinear Bible (ARTB) – Literal

8 The Apostles’ Bible (AB) – Literal

9 AV7, The New Authorized Version (AV7) - Literal

10 Beck’s American Translation (BECK) – Literal

11 Berkeley Version (BV) – Thought For Thought

12 Bible in Basic English, 1965 (BBE) – Thought For Thought

13 The Bible in Living English - Other

14 Bible in Worldwide English (BWE) - Paraphrase

15 Bishops’ Bible, 1568 (Bishops) – Literal

16 Brenton’s English Translation of the Septuagint – Literal

17 Cambridge Paragraph Bible (NCPB) – Literal

18 Challoner’s revision of the Douay-Rheims Bible – Literal

19 Children’s King James Version, also known as the Seaside Bible (CKJV) – Paraphrase

20 The Clear Word - Other

21 The Common Edition New Testament (TCE) – Literal

22 The Complete Apostles’ Bible (CAB) – Literal

23 The Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) – Literal

24 A Conservative Version (ACV) – Literal

25 Contemporary English Bible (CEV) - Other

26 Cotton Patch Gospel (CPG) - Other

27 Darby Bible (DBY) – Literal

28 Douay-Rheims Bible, 1610 (D-R) - Other

29 EasyEnglish Bible (EEB) - Paraphrase

30 Emphatic Diaglott – Literal

31 English Jubilee 2000 Bible (Jubilee 2000) - Other

32 English Majority Text Version (EMTV) – Literal

33 English Standard Version (ESV) – Literal

34 Ferrar Fenton Bible - Other

35 Geneva Bible, 1587 (GB) – Literal

36 God’s Word Bible (GW) – Thought For Thought

37 Good News Translation (GNT) or Good News Bible (GNB) - Paraphrase

38 Great Bible or Great Byble(GB) – Literal

39 Green’s Literal Translation, also known as Literal Translation of the Holy Bible (LITV) – Literal

40 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) – Thought For Thought

41 Holy Scriptures Version (HSV) - Other

42 The International English Bible, also known as the Simple English Bible (SEB) - Paraphrase

43 International Standard Version (ISV) – Literal

44 James Murdock New Testament (JMNT) - Other

45 Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible - Other

46 Julia E. Smith Parker Translation – Literal

47 King James 2000 Version – Literal

48 King James Version (KJV) – Literal

49 Lamsa Bible, formally known as The Holy Bible from Ancient Eastern Manuscripts (LBP) - Other

50 Literal Translation of the Holy Bible, also known as Green’s Literal Translation (LITV) – Literal

51 Living Bible (TLB) - Paraphrase

52 Matthew Bible (MB) – Literal

53 The Message (MSG) - Paraphrase

54 Modern King James Version (MKJV) – Literal

55 The Modern Language Bible, also known as the New Berkeley Version (MLB) – Thought For Thought

56 Moffatt, New Translation (MNT) – Thought For Thought

57 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – Literal

58 The New Authorized Version in Present-Day English (AV7) – Literal

59 The New Berkeley Version, also known as the Modern Language Bible (MLB) – Thought For Thought

60 New Cambridge Paragraph Bible (NCPB) – Literal

61 New Century Version (NCV) - Paraphrase

62 New English Bible (NEB) – Thought For Thought

63 New English Translation (NET) – Thought For Thought

64 New International Reader’s Version (NIRV) – Thought For Thought

65 New International Version (NIV) – Thought For Thought

66 New International Version Inclusive Language Edition (NIVI) – Thought For Thought

67 New Interpreters’ Study Bible (NISB) - Other

68 New King James Version (NKJV) – Literal

69 New Life Version (NLV) - Paraphrase

70 New Living Translation (NLT) - Paraphrase

71 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) – Literal

72 New World Translation (NWT) - Other

73 Phillips New Testament in Modern English (Phi) - Paraphrase

74 The Quaker Bible (QB) – Literal

75 Recovery Version of the Bible (RcV) – Literal

76 Restored Name King James Version (RNKJV) – Thought For Thought

77 Revised English Bible (REB) – Thought For Thought

78 Revised Standard Version (RSV) – Literal

79 Revised Version (RV) - Other

80 Rotherham’s English Bible (REB) – Literal

81 Seaside Bible, also known as the Children’s King James Version (CKJV) - Paraphrase

82 Simple English Bible, also known as the International English Bible (SEB) – Paraphrase

83 The Story Bible (TSB) - Other

84 Taverner’s Bible – Literal

85 Third Millennium Bible – Literal

86 Thomson’s Translation – Literal

87 Today’s English Version (TEV) – Paraphrase

88 Today’s New International Version – Thought For Thought

89 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) – Literal

90 Tyndale Bible – Literal

91 Updated King James Version (UKJV) – Literal

92 A Voice in the Wilderness Holy Scriptures – Literal

93 Webster Bible, 1833 (WB) – Literal

94 Weymouth New Testament, 1912 (WNT) - Other

95 World English Bible (WEB) – Literal

96 Wuest Expanded Edition (WET) – Literal

97 Wyclif’s Bible – Literal

98 Young’s Literal Translation, 1898 (YLT) – Literal


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