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NIV, n. Now Indispensible Version. This translation is one of the best
modern English translations of the Holy Scriptures. It has achieved a
wonderful balance between word for word and thought for thought, and
rightly become immensely popular and widely used. All Scripture is
God-breathed, and the scholars creating this translation started from
scratch to give what has turned out to be, in many cases, excellent
renditions of the original meanings. The donors and administrators
over the scholars were sufficiently wise to avoid the temptation of
telling the scholars to set aside professional judgment in favor of
what they thought a Bible should and shouldn't be. See also:
Bowlderize.

-- Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary



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