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Holy Bible: Young's Literal Translation of the Bible
by Robert Young
Robert Young's 1898 edition of his translation. This is the third and last edition that he produced. Translation uses the same Elizabethian language that the King James Version uses. However, being a strictly literal translation, the word order is different from the KJV, so it does read different than the KJV and can be difficult at times to read. Being a strictly literal ...more
Hardcover, 740 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Greater Truth Publishers
(first published March 1st 1989)
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I really like this literal translation. For the most part it removes the translational bias that can creep in to English translations, but of course, not always. Still it is a nice translation for those who want to do a little bit deeper study of the original language without having to (or if not being able to) actually reading the original languages or pulling out and looking at lexicons. Not as easy to read of smooth flowing as an English translation, nonetheless easy to read and understand, a ...more
Young is a real eye-opener when compared to KJV. One thing that I really like about this translation is that Young tried to use words consistently - once he had adequately translated a word, it remained that same word. KJV, for example will translate "bat" as daughter, but sometimes branch, city, etc. Young picked a word and stuck to it. Plus, I like literal translations, and I love nineteenth century writing...so this is one of my favorites.
The wisdom of David and Solomon is among the best in any ancient literature. Some of it is obfuscated, preventing easy comprehension by the casual reader; much of Proverbs speaks of personified entities, which can be understood as actors or schemas. I believe that literal translations more closely reflect the meanings as intended by the original authors than most common translations.
every Writing is God-breathed, and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for setting aright, for instruction that is in righteousness, that the man of God may be fitted -- for every good work having been completed. 2 Timothy 3:16 YLT