That’s not a tagline. It’s a promise. When you not only read the Bible, but also understand and obey it, you will be transformed. And not just your life. When you understand the Bible, it changes your family, community, and nation – it changes everything!
John begins his gospel, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It is this Word that brings light and life to everything. What an awe-inspiring realization it is that is written to us, for us, and that it can reside within us. It is this same Word that the writer of Hebrews says is “alive and powerful,” moving in hearts and bursting through obstacles to bring God’s transformational truth to a world that desperately needs it.
The New Living Translation was born out of a courageous passion for God’s Word. It was conceived and created so that all of us can understand God’s words of life and love. Grounded in the foundation laid by Dr. Ken Taylor, the New Living Translation has continued his legacy of making the Bible accessible to all for 25 years. Building on that tradition we are redoubling our efforts to make the New Living Translation known. The text has not changed, but we are publishing more Bibles than ever in the NLT, and seeking to propel this beloved translation into a new day.
Hear the heart of the New Living Translation.
The origins of the New Living Translation demonstrate the brand’s care for people at all places along their journey with God. And just as we prioritize creating access to Scripture for anyone and everyone, the NLT also offers a stable, trustworthy, and scholarly translation of the original texts, which readers can rely on throughout their lives. Readers never need to “graduate from” the NLT. There is thoughtfulness and competence in biblical scholarship that undergirds the New Living Translation, which makes it trustworthy.
Here are seven principles that are the pillars of our dedication to you as we shepherd the New Living Translation into the future.
Some of us have been made to believe that trustworthy English Bible translations must always match the words and sentence structures of the original languages. But actually, a translation that truly did that would be largely unintelligible in English.
The New Living Translation conveys the precise meaning of the original languages. It will help you understand what the Bible says in today’s English with the same clarity as those who once read it in the original languages.
Be sure you read a translation that you can understand. It will connect you to God and change your life.
Reading the Bible is one of the most important things you will do this year—or any year.
Reading God’s Word can be inspiring, instructive, and encouraging. Most of all, it is a means to connecting with God and his power to change your life.
But frankly, if you can’t understand what you’re reading, your Bible reading time isn’t worth much to you without spending even more time seeking additional instruction and explanation. The New Living Translation will help you easily understand God’s message and connect with Him even when you don’t have a pastor or commentary in front of you. That’s the pathway to a new life, a new purpose, and a new hope.
In fact, the central benefit of the NLT is how uniquely easy it is to understand. People who read it, get it.
The New Living Translation is built for understanding.
This understanding is not because the text of the New Living Translation is simplistic or elementary. Rather, the NLT is well-written— and just like any other well-written book, this makes it is easier for you to follow its logic, engage with its action, and step into its story. In the NLT, a dynamic writing style is combined with contemporary biblical scholarship, resulting in the clear and powerful communication of God’s Word to all who hear and read it.
Transformation and life change are meaningful results of reading the New Living Translation. Bible translation is not solely an exercise in literary proficiency. It’s about helping readers become powerfully and personally connected to God’s message and his grand plan to transform their hearts and impact their lives.
When you truly understand what the Bible is saying, it profoundly changes you and your impact on the world around you.
The New Living Translation has roots in a bold drive for biblical accessibility and a commitment to helping everyday people connect with God and his Word.
Since Tyndale House Publishers was founded, our approach to Bible publishing has bucked publishing trends and conventions. Fifty years ago, Kenneth N. Taylor, founder and translator, understood the importance of making the Bible accessible to everyday people, and we carry on his passion and commitment today.
Our willingness to be radical when it’s necessary to help people understand God’s Word has never diminished, and it continues through the distribution and reading of the New Living Translation.
We know that the Word of God is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). The Bible is not just an ancient artifact to be protected. If that’s all it was, it’d be enough to just visit it in a museum and see the old manuscripts in Hebrew and Greek. But Scripture is alive, and it has the power to transform lives and change our world.
That’s why it’s vital for every generation to have Bible translations available in the language people currently read and speak (often referred to as their “heart language”) rather than in the language of previous generations.
The New Living Translation assures access to the Bible’s truth and power for people of our generation.
The Bible includes many types of literature, from storytelling to poetry to serious teaching. Some content lifts you up, and some makes you sad. Its writers are warm and contemplative, tough and abrasive, full of praise and steeped in sorrow. There is a lot to deal with and much to consider in the eternal messages of the Bible.
The last thing you need is to struggle with archaic language and awkward sentence structures.
The New Living Translation has a flowing, effortless writing style that makes for comfortable and meaningful reading, whether silently or aloud. It doesn’t make you try to figure out what’s being said, so you can get right at what it means and what it means for you. You spend more time understanding the Bible and less time trying to understand the Bible.
That’s the kind of style you need as you seek a relationship with the living God and drink in the Good News of his plan for your life.