A few weeks ago, I reviewed The Voice New Testament for Thomas Nelson Publishers. In that review, I explained the idea behind the Voice Project…you can find that here. I won’t take time to explain it again, but I will add a caveat.
This is a response to those who have misunderstood or maybe even have failed to try to understand the heart and process of the writing of this translation of Scripture. When reading this translation, one must remember that the writers put in italics those words that they have added to make it a more sensory experience. Some have argued that a person who has never picked up a Bible may not take time to read the introduction and misunderstand those words to be a part of Scripture. I would first say that 1.) they’ll probably read the introduction, because that’s how normal people read books, 2.) the words that are added do not add additional meaning to the text in the way that it adds a new idea…instead, it adds a better understanding of what is being communicated to the reader, and 3.) we know that the specific words of Scripture do not hold the power…Scripture is not God, and that would be idolatrous to call it such. Instead, the Holy Spirit teaches us and communicates truths of God with us. We can trust God to work in peoples’ lives. My encouragement for those who have failed to try to understand what the Voice is all about … read the introduction, and the entire work- compare it, pray about it, talk about it, and then come to a conclusion.
That being said, my reading of the voice of psalms led me to a time of deep worship and communication with God. The Holy Spirit used it to teach me truths and He led me to a time of soul-searching and conviction of sin. After approximately every other psalm there is a short devotion that is written to lead one to a reflection on the words of the psalm and a reflection on one’s own life. I don’t think they are meant to teach anyone any new piece of information, but instead, I think it’s supposed to lead one to a deeper knowledge of God- a knowledge that connects the mind with the heart and the feet (living out the truth). It’s not until we live out those things that we know in our head that we have true knowledge.
For those of you who conclude that you’re uncomfortable with accepting this translation as one that you would use on a regular basis, I would encourage you to get a copy to use for times of devotion. It’s a good treat to have on your shelf.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com