I was encouraged after taking a quick look through the TNIV that there appeared to be good translations of Philemon 6 and Matthew 11:12. Do you have any thoughts or comments on this translation? -- Jack Reese (Nashville)

The texts read as follows:

I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ (Philemon 6).

From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it (Matthew 11:12).

The translators have caught some of the errors of the NIV, whose N.T. was originally published in 1973. For an article on some of the strengths and weaknesses of the very popular New International Version, click here.

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