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The Holy Bible: New Living Message Version (Compassionate Scripture for the Modern World) is an interpretive translation-paraphrase of the Holy Bible developed on commission of the Compassionate Faith Foundation, Inc., working directly from all known existing public domain English and Latin translations of the original Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic texts.

The Holy Bible: The New Living Message Version uses standard American English rather than International English. On the spectrum of translation categories, the New Living Message Version falls on the dynamic end of the dynamic and formal equivalence spectrum.

Substantial innovations have been adopted in the development of the New Living Message Version Bible in order to bring to fruition the mission set before the Editorial Board.

Numbering System

The original manuscripts on which all contemporary versions of the Holy Bible are based did not contain the chapter and verse numbers which are now commonly used in translations of the Bible. Cardinal Stephen Langton first introduced the chapter divisions which are now in common use in 1205 AD. Robert Estienne, also known as Robert Stephanus, first introduced the verse numbering system now widely used in 1551 AD (New Testament) and in 1571 AD (Old Testament).

The foregoing chapter and verse numbering systems have persisted through use and tradition notwithstanding that they are widely criticized for breaking the texts into illogical sections (thereby breaking the narrative flow) and for encouraging and facilitating “proof texting,” the practice of using only a small piece of biblical text to support a particular theological position without regard to the context of the entire passage from which it is being cited. Another way, in common usage, to describe the practice of “proof texting” would be “cherry picking” pieces of scripture out of context to make a point that the whole text does not. We believe that these practices obscure God’s message and should be discouraged.

The Editors have therefore adopted a new, and more logical chapter and verse numbering system in the NLMV, which is designed to enhance the narrative flow of the text and to discourage “proof texting” or “cherry picking” of scriptures. This numbering system may be cited as the Reyland-White Numbering System crediting the contributing editors who determined the logical protocols for the system. The editors appreciate that this is a significant change but believe that the benefits outweigh the burdens of adapting to a new numbering system. We believe that habit is a poor reason to make the reading and appreciation of God’s Word more difficult for contemporary readers, to make Holy Scripture less accessible or, to encourage its misuse through out of context quotation. The Editors are also cognizant that criticism may be leveled against any new chapter and verse numbering system on the basis that habit and tradition have resulted in many Bible quotations becoming identified with their chapter and verse numbers. The Editors would remind such critics, and readers alike, that reading scripture is about knowledge and understanding, not about memorization and rote recitation. Any tool which enhances accessibility to God’s Word should, in the Editors’ opinions, be enthusiastically embraced.

Comparisons to other Bible translations

New International Version:
Genesis 1:1-5 (Langton-Stephanus Numbering System)

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

King James Version:
Genesis 1:1-5 (Langton-Stephanus Numbering System)

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

New Living Message Version:
Genesis 1:1-3 (Reyland-White Numbering System)

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and set the laws of nature into motion to govern all that he had made. In the beginning, the universe was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of all and God’s Spirit alone filled the void.

2 God said, “Let there be light,” and a great cataclysm of light burst forth upon the void. And God then divided the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”

3 And God reached out and called the expanse of the heavens and all that they contained into being.