The goal of any Bible translation is to convey the meaning and content of the ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts as accurately as possible to contemporary readers. The challenge for our translators was to create a text that would communicate as clearly and powerfully to today’s readers as the original texts did to readers and listeners in the ancient biblical world. The resulting translation is easy to read and understand, while also accurately communicating the meaning and content of the original biblical texts. The NLT is a general-purpose text especially good for study, devotional reading, and reading aloud in worship services.

“We believe that the New Living Translation—which combines the latest biblical sholarship with a clear, dynamic writing style—will communicate God’s word powerfully to all who read it. We publish it with the prayer that God will use it to speak his timeless truth to the church and the world in a fresh, new way.”

The Publisher's Statement

“We believe that the New Living Translation—which combines the latest biblical sholarship with a clear, dynamic writing style—will communicate God’s word powerfully to all who read it. We publish it with the prayer that God will use it to speak his timeless truth to the church and the world in a fresh, new way.”

The Publisher's Statement

What is Meaning-Based Translation?

A meaning-focused translation digs into the text and context of the original language to bring the meaning of text to light.

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Written to Be Spoken

The NLT speaks right to the heart and minds of listeners because they immediately understand its message without having to process technical biblical language.

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What is Meaning-Based Translation?

A meaning-focused translation digs into the text and context of the original language to bring the meaning of text to light.

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Written to Be Spoken

The NLT speaks right to the hearts and minds of listeners because they immediately understand its message without having to process technical biblical language.

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What Readers are Saying

  • “This translation is my favorite because it is easily understood so you can spend more time thinking about what you are reading and it's meaning and less time trying to figure out what you're reading in the grammatical sense.”

    Rebecca

    NLT Reader

  • “Studying and teaching from the New Living Translation second edition provides refreshing insights from a translation with high credibility. I recommend it to both Christ followers taking their first steps of faith and seasoned veterans on their spiritual journey.”

    Gene Appel

    Pastor and author

  • “The New Living Translation is smooth and fantastic for reading the Bible in a story-like manner.”

    Jessica

    NLT Reader

  • “The idea of a simplified and accurate text that brings the Scriptures to the people’s minds and hearts was just perfect for our church.”

    Jim Cymbala

    Lead Pastor, Brooklyn Tabernacle

  • “The translation is so clear and easy to read in modern English. It makes you feel like you're really understanding the Bible and its nuances for the first time.”

    Jon

    NLT Reader