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Brief Thoughts on the International Standard Version

This short review of the ISV continues my series of brief thoughts on Bible translations. The ISV is a recent and little known translation that deserves praise for its vivid, imaginative passages rooted in excellent scholarship. Since the Old Testament portion is not yet complete, these comments are restricted to the New Testament only.

On the scale of free to literal, the ISV occupies a position somewhere close to the NIV although it would appear that certain books, such as Romans, are more literal than, say, Acts. I take no issue with this, and it is something that the translators of the HCSB attempt also with their “optimal equivalence” approach whereby some passages are distinctly more literal than others.

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