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The Living Bible (TLB)

, 1997
ISBN: 9780842322508
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The Living Bible is a "thought for thought" translation as opposed to a word for word translation. This is a paraphrase. Its purpose, according to the editors, is to say as exactly as possible what the writers of the Scriptures meant, and to say it simply, expanding where necessary for a clear understanding by the modern reader.

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Most Highlighted Verses in The Living Bible, Paraphrased

Psalm 17:15: But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face.

Proverbs 11:24–25: It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself.

Proverbs 14:29: A wise man controls his temper. He knows that anger causes mistakes.

Proverbs 15:1: A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels.

Proverbs 19:11: A wise man restrains his anger and overlooks insults. This is to his credit.

Proverbs 19:27: Stop listening to teaching that contradicts what you know is right.

Hosea 6:6: “I don’t want your sacrifices—I want your love; I don’t want your offerings—I want you to know me.

Romans 4:3: For the Scriptures tell us Abraham believed God, and that is why God canceled his sins and declared him “not guilty.”

2 Corinthians 5:17: When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!

Philippians 4:4–7: Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice! Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do. Remember that the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.

  • Title: The Living Bible, Paraphrased
  • Author: Kenneth N. Taylor
  • Publisher: Tyndale
  • Print Publication Date: 1997
  • Logos Release Date: 2001
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible › English
  • ISBNs: 9780842322508, 0842322507
  • Resource ID: LLS:1.0.170
  • Resource Type: Bible
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-10-05T15:16:47Z

Kenneth Nathaniel Taylor (May 8, 1917 – June 10, 2005) was an American publisher and author, better known as the creator of the The Living Bible and the founder of Tyndale House, a Christian publishing company and Living Bibles International. Taylor was born in Portland, Oregon. His parents were George and Charlotte Huff Taylor. His father was a Presbyterian minister.


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  1. Randy



    This is the version my grandmother gave me back in the early 70s (still have it). It got me started reading the Bible, in terms I could understand. Most know this is a paraphrase, not a word-for-word translation.
  2. Christopher Gimenez
  3. Chad W Smith

    Chad W Smith


    If this was marketed and presented as a commentary, I would be fine with it. But it's not. It's presented as a Bible, this is not a Bible.
  4. Eric Oleson

    Eric Oleson


    I love Taylor's Paraphrase! As a person that respects and uses more wooden translations every day there is a grammatical flow and pace that TLB brings that is refreshing. Of course, always remember that TLB is just a paraphrase and is NOT the last word any theological discussion! Having said this, if you like a warm and flowing narrative than what the more labored, wooden and myopic texts provide, you may want to take a short term TLB vacation to get that bigger and broader view of the text. It’s like sipping an ice cold tea on a tropical island… :) Enjoy!
  5. Dan Olin

    Dan Olin


  6. Anthony Grubb

    Anthony Grubb


    One should always note this is not Scripture, but a paraphrase to assist youth and newcomers, also the basis of the New Living Translation. It is fairly well-known. Thus, from a comparative textual or historical perspective within that context, it has value.
  7. Bates Richmond
    it was good and met my needs at the time.
  8. David Stull

    David Stull


  9. Sung S. Chung

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  10. Glenn Scott

    Glenn Scott



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