What are your favorite changes from the NIV to the TNIV?

Aside from gender, weights and measures, and names, what are your favorite improved verses in the TNIV compared to the NIV?

This first one is by far my favorite so far which has been previously mentioned here.

Philippians 4:13 NIV
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13 TNIV
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

This was also mentioned a little later at Koinonia.

Another one I like:

Philemon 1:6 NIV
I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.

Philemon 1:6 TNIV
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.

What are your favorites?

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14 Responses to “What are your favorite changes from the NIV to the TNIV?”


  1. 1 Nathan Stitt

    Hmm, I guess I haven’t done any comparisons of the TNIV to the NIV. I completely switched and never looked back I guess. I think it may simply be that I am more interested in the various traditions than the changes within them.

  2. 2 Stan McCullars

    I like John 1:18 where it changed God the One and Only in the NIV to the one and only Son, who is himself God in the TNIV.

  3. 3 Robert Jimenez

    All of them, I never really cared for the NIV 😉

  4. 4 Bryon

    This is not a favorite change but the TNIV does a lot of unique renderings.
    Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. (Acts 2:31)

    Hades, hell, and grave are sometimes now rendered realm of the dead.

    I once read an article why this was a better translation in relation to Gk., but for the life of me I can’t remember where I read it.

  5. 5 Scripture Zealot

    Excellent examples for further reading. Thanks.
    Jeff

  6. 6 Scripture Zealot

    Here is another one:
    Philippians 2:6 NIV 
    Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

    Philippians 2:6 TNIV 
    Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

    HT: Robert Jiminez

  7. 7 tc robinson

    I like this post.My favorite has to be Romans 3:25, from “through faith” to “to be received by faith.”

  8. 8 Scripture Zealot

    Neither both?
    Jeff

  9. 9 Stan McCullars

    It would seem Joseph’s view of Scripture may be corrupted.

  10. 10 Joseph

    I meant I not a fan of either translations. Too many missing scriptures. I have the NKJ, Greens Strongs hold Hebrew/Greek interlinear bible, A Reader’s Hebrew and Greek Lexicon and suprise also the NIV!!! It’s frustrating when verses are completely taken out. And the meaning of some words are watered down. I’ll quote John Piper ” I Just Want All The Words”
    @Stan McCullars it’s Christians like yourself that kept me away from G-D for 26 years of my life. Remarks like that are not edifying in no such way. It’s condencending and not humble. If I’m confused or don’t understant something,there is better ways of going and speaking to a fellow believer. But it’s ok. Jesus still loves you.

  11. 11 Scripture Zealot

    Piper is not exactly an expert on Bible translation as much as I like him. If you can read what D.A. Carson has written about the TNIV that might be helpful. NKJV has many weaknesses too.
    Jeff

  12. 12 Joseph

    Thanks Jeff. Much appreciatted.

  13. 13 Scripture Zealot

    Joseph thanks for saying thanks. That was unexpected. I’ll leave it there.
    Jeff

  14. 14 Joseph

    No problem. I’m after the truth. And open to many points of views. I’ll check it out what you suggested with open heart. We are all brothers in Christ. And we should keep Looking out for each other. Thanks again for the time you took to respond. I’m new to hermenuetics so every info and point of views, people like yourself have to offer. It’s helpful. I also respect the humble way you respond. I’m sure G-D is using you tremendously.
    Keep me in prayer as my Journey towards understanding scripture more, and my way to know Jesus our lord and savior. G-D bless You Jeff 🙂

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