The New English Bible completed in 1970, was the culmination of more than 20 years’ work by scholars and literary advisers representing the British Isles’ major Protestant churches. An authoritative translation made directly from the best original-text resources available, and founded on all the resources of contemporary scholarship, it presents a clear and natural English version. This authoritative translation will be welcomed by readers and scholars alike.
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Isaiah 5:18–19: Shame on you! you who drag wickedness along like a tethered sheep and sin like a heifer on a rope, who say, ‘Let the Lord make haste, let him speed up his work for us to see it, let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel be soon fulfilled, so that we may know it.’
Isaiah 33:14–16: In Zion sinners quake with terror, the godless are seized with trembling and ask, Can any of us live with a devouring fire? Can any live in endless burning? The man who lives an upright life and speaks the truth, who scorns to enrich himself by extortion, who snaps his fingers at a bribe, who stops his ears to hear nothing of bloodshed, who closes his eyes to the sight of evil— that is the man who shall dwell on the heights, his refuge a fastness in the cliffs, his bread secure and his water never failing.
Isaiah 40:28–31: Do you not know, have you not heard? The Lord, the everlasting God, creator of the wide world, grows neither weary nor faint; no man can fathom his understanding. He gives vigour to the weary, new strength to the exhausted. Young men may grow weary and faint, even in their prime they may stumble and fall; …
Matthew 5:3–10: ‘How blest are those who know their need of God; the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. How blest are the sorrowful; they shall find consolation. How blest are those of a gentle spirit; they shall have the earth for their possession. …
John 14:6: Jesus replied, ‘I am the way; I am the truth and I am life; no one comes to the Father except by me.
John 16:33: I have told you all this so that in me you may find peace. In the world you will have trouble. But courage! The victory is mine; I have conquered the world.’
2 Corinthians 5:16–17: With us therefore worldly standards have ceased to count in our estimate of any man; even if once they counted in our understanding of Christ, they do so now no longer. When anyone is united to Christ, there is a new world;the old order has gone, and a new order has already begun.
Ephesians 2:8–10: For it is by his grace you are saved, through trusting him; it is not your own doing. It is God’s gift, not a reward for work done. There is nothing for anyone to boast of. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to devote ourselves to the good deeds for which God has designed us.
Hebrews 2:11: For a consecrating priest and those whom he consecrates are all of one stock; and that is why the Son does not shrink from calling men his brothers,
1 Peter 2:9–10: But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, and a people claimed by God for his own, to proclaim the triumphs of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. You are now the people of God, who once were not his people; outside his mercy once, you have now received his mercy.
Hal J. Stephens