Overview of Differences in Modern Bible Translations

Using the Logos Bible Software Text Comparison Tool, Randy's research assistant examined the KJV, NASB, ESV, and NLT texts of Genesis 1, Psalm 1, Ezekiel 36, Matthew 2, Romans 8 and Revelation 21. The results show an average variation of 30% from the KJV by the NASB and 32% by the ESV, meaning a correspondence of 70% and 68% respectively.

 

Genesis 1

Psalm 1

Ezekiel 36

BASE: KJV (1900)

% different

% different

% different

NASB - 1995

28%

29%

38%

ESV

28%

36%

36%

NLT

49%

62%

65%

 

     

BASE: NKJV

     

NASB - 1995

22%

21%

25%

ESV

22%

27%

25%

KJV (1900)

20%

16%

32%

NLT

45%

62%

59%

 

 

Matthew 2

Romans 8

Revelation 21

BASE: KJV (1900)

% different

% different

% different

NASB - 1995

27%

22%

34%

ESV

32%

25%

36%

NLT

57%

62%

48%

 

     

BASE: NKJV

     

NASB - 1995

32%

22%

28%

ESV

27%

25%

29%

KJV (1900)

25%

22%

26%

NLT

51%

60%

39%

 

 

Average

BASE: KJV (1900)

% different

NASB - 1995

30%

ESV

32%

NLT

57%

 

 

BASE: NKJV

 

NASB - 1995

25%

ESV

26%

KJV (1900)

24%

NLT

52%



 

 

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