There’s a fascinating artice at Bible Gateway about the five most intriguing changes in the latest edition of the NIV. They look good and I am in the main pleased!
Here’s number 5…
5.) Philippians 4:13
1984 NIV: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
2010 NIV: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Phil 4:13 is the fourth most popular verse in the Bible by internet search and learned by lots of people! It is one of those power packed verses that can be taken out of context and used to say God will strengthen us to do what we want! The new version will make it less of a “grab a nice verse out of context to learn” and forces us to check the context – The “all things” that Paul could do in God’s strength was being content in any circumstance. God promises us peace that transcends all understanding – so He promises us strength and peace in our circumstances, not necessarily to change the circumstances.
Now an absolutely literal translation would be “All I am being strong in the one enabling me Christ” – which is a bit of a mouth full! The New NIV is a thought for thought translation, but in forcing us to look at the context for what we are being strengethened in Christ, it is being pretty helpful, even if it won’t sell too many posters with cuddly cats on! That has to be another bonus…