Colossians Translation Comparisons – 2

If you haven’t seen it, the first post is here.

I don’t really have any comments on this second comparison. I just like it. Except for one thing I notice about the Lattimore is that he’s not afraid to let Paul’s run-on sentences to be run-on sentences. He doesn’t seem to put as many periods in as other translations, although this isn’t the best example of that.

First the standard, which I like a lot also.

Colossians 1:9-12 NRSV
For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Colossians 1:9-12 Lattimore
Therefore we also, since the day we heard about you, never cease from praying for you. We pray that you may be fulfilled in your understanding of his will, in full wisdom and spiritual comprehension; so as to act in a manner worthy of the Lord and always pleasing to him, productive in every good work and increasing in your understanding of God; empowered with every power, by the supremacy of his glory, to be always steadfast and joyfully enduring, thankful to the father who made you fit for your share in the fortune of the saints, in the light.

6 Responses to “Colossians Translation Comparisons – 2”


  1. 1 ElShaddai Edwards

    Forgive me quoting the REB again, but I think it takes a lot of the goodness from Lattimore’s translation and smooths it just that extra bit:

    This is why, ever since we first heard about you, we have not ceased to pray for you. We ask God that you may receive from him full insight into his will, all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that your manner of life may be worthy of the Lord and entirely pleasing to him. We pray that you may bear fruit in active goodness of every kind, and grow in knowledge of God. In his glorious might may he give you ample strength to meet with fortitude and patience whatever comes; and to give joyful thanks to the Father who has made you fit to share the heritage of God’s people in the realm of light.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    I like that a lot, thanks.

    I went to a Christian resale shop and they had NEB but not REB and I didn’t get it. I’ll have to go to a bigger used book store that’s farther away sometime.

    (For those reading, REB isn’t online, neither is the Lattimore.)
    Jeff

  3. 3 ElShaddai Edwards

    There were several different editions of the REB published, with and without the Apocrypha books. Click here for some links to Amazon, where there are many used copies. The cheapest ones will be from the original 1989 printing — cheap not because they’re oldest, but because there were so many…

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks again. I had no idea about all those editions.
    Jeff

  5. 5 Scripture Zealot

    I bought a 1989 used. I don’t collect Bibles but got to like the literaryness of the Lattimore and have been interested in the REB for a while. The only other two I plan on getting are the ESV study Bible and the updated HCSB next year (hopefully).
    Jeff

  6. 6 ElShaddai Edwards

    Cool… I’m sure you’ll like it.

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