A new Bible translation that reads like a story

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About the Translation

A new kind of translation

The Voice is a dynamic equivalent translation that reads like a story with all of the truth and wisdom of God's Word. Through compelling narratives, poetry, and teaching it invites readers to enter into the whole story of God with their heart, soul, and mind. This bold new translation engages readers like no other Bible.

Do we really need another Bible translation?

The Voice helps people connect with Scripture, so it can impact their lives. It's ideal for those who are interested in spirituality, and want their spirituality to be real in their lives and relationships. The Voice helps them to encounter "the glory of the Lord" and be "transformed by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Cor. 3:18).

One of the byproducts of the information age in the church has been its focus on biblical knowledge. Many Bibles reflect this, packed with informative notes, charts, and graphs. While there's nothing wrong with having a deep knowledge; a personal connection and deep relationship are far better. This is exemplified by Jesus' comment to Martha, "Oh Martha, Martha, you are so ... concerned about a million details, but really, only one thing matters. Mary has chosen that one thing, and I won't take it away from her." (Luke 10:41-42 The Voice)

The "one thing" is a deeper, personal relationship with God. And The Voice is focused on helping readers find (or rediscover) this connection with Him. Scripture is presented not as an academic document, but as an engaging story. The intention of the scholars and authors who collaborated on The Voice is to enable readers to hear God speaking, to experience His presence in their lives.

Why it exists

The Voice invites a generation of story-lovers to step into the Bible through a fresh expression of its timeless narrative. It recaptures the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in the translation process. Readers will enter into the story of Scripture more deeply, and discover that they can actually hear God's voice speaking into their life today.

According to the Center for Bible Engagement, 34% of Christians never read their Bible, and an additional 32% read it very rarely. Why do people who love God let His Word collect dust? This shouldn't be the experience of reading God's Word. The Voice helps readers enjoy reading the Bible, perhaps even lose track of time and have a hard time putting it down.

Who is it for?

The Voice is for everyone seeking to connect or reconnect with God through His story. It is for those who have never read the Bible and are curious, just as it is for new Christians who are ready to dive in eagerly. The Voice speaks to the person who has some experience with church but is seeking a new way to connect with God, as well as for active Christians who have been in the church all of their lives and are looking to get lost in the beauty of the story.

For those that are looking for a Bible that is relevant to their life today, and that, by reading it, they can hear God speaking to them personally, The Voice is the Bible for them.

How it is different

While care has been taken to accurately translate the individual words from the original texts, careful attention to how the idioms of the original languages are understood in English has also been taken. But it doesn't stop there; The Voice considers the narrative links that help us to understand the drama and passion of story that is present in the original languages. The tone of the writing, the format of the page, and the directness of the dialog allows the tradition of passing down the biblical narrative to come through in The Voice.

Artfully presenting truth:

Today's translations often present the Bible as a reference book filled with facts. The Voice expresses Scripture as a narrative with engaging conversations, passionate poetry, and beautiful literature. The Voice brings literary art to the Bible. This Bible lends itself to dramatic readings; first, because of the beauty of the language, and second, because of the unique acting-script format. It is the Good Book that reads like a good book.

Bridging culture gaps:

When contemporary readers try to understand ancient literature, the cultural gaps can get in the way. The Voice brings understanding through historical context, cultural commentary, and insights into the lives of Bible authors. Plus, The Voice highlights the original authors' unique personality and introduces the reader to relatable Bible characters. The Voice helps readers connect the Bible with their lives.

Amplification of God's voice:

By expressing the inspired text in the unique voices of the original biblical authors with all their personality, passion, grit, humor, and beauty, The Voice begins to recapture how the first readers would have encountered the Scripture. This results in an amplification of the voice of God so it is more clearly heard by today's readers - almost as clearly as when He first revealed His truth.