New versions of the Bible are always interesting. Just this morning I was reading Scripture – this time the book of Matthew. Having just picked up a new Bible translation, I decided to try it out. I refer to the New Covid Revised Version. In Matthew 8:1-3 we find a very interesting account about Jesus, and this is how the NCRV renders it:
When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a Covid-positive man came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Why are you not wearing a mask? Why are you not social distancing? And have you been double jabbed yet, and had your booster shots? Depart from me. You are unclean.” And the man went away sad, and still diseased.
Of course it is always good to compare different versions of the Bible, as they can differ – sometimes quite a bit. Here is how the ESV renders this same passage of Scripture: