Following the scripture quotations of each category is a list of the other versions that exhibit the same pattern.
- AB – Amplified Bible
- ANT – The Authentic New Testament
- BNT – Barclay New Testament
- CEV – Contemporary English Version
- CNT – Cassirer New Testament
- CTNT – Centenary Translation of the New Testament
- DHB – Darby Holy Bible
- DRB – Douay-Rheims Bible
- EDW – The Emphatic Diaglott
- EVD – English Version for the Deaf
- GW – God’s Word
- HBME – The Holy Bible in Modern English
- IB – Interlinear Bible
- IV – Inspired Version
- KJV – King James Version
- KLNT – Kleist-Lilly New Testament
- KTC – Knox Translation
- LB – Living Bible
- LBP – Lamsa Bible
- MCT – McCord’s New Testament Translation
- NEB – New English Bible
- NLV – New Life Version
- NNT – Noli New Testament
- PRS – Phillips Revised Student Edition
- REB – Revised English Bible
- SGAT – An American Translation (Smith-Goodspeed)
- TCNT – The Twentieth Century New Testament
- TM – The Message
- WAS – Worrell New Testament
- WTNT – William Tindale Newe Testament
- YLR – Young’s Literal Translation, Revised Edition
Other Versions Used
- AAT – An American Translation (Beck)
- AIV – An Inclusive Version
- ASV – American Standard Version
- CENT – Common English New Testament
- CJB – Complete Jewish Bible
- CLNT – Concordant Literal New Testament
- EBR – The Emphasized Bible
- HBRV – Holy Bible, Revised Version
- MNT – Moffat New Translation
- MRB – Modern Reader’s Bible
- MSNT – The Modern Speech New Testament
- NAB – New American Bible
- NAS – New American Standard Version
- NBV – New Berkeley Version
- NCV – New Century Version
- NET – New Evangelical Translation
- NIV – New International Version
- NJB – New Jerusalem Bible
- NKJ – New King James Version
- NLT – New Living Translation
- NRS – New Revised Standard Version
- NSNT – Norlie’s Simplified New Testament
- NWT – New World Translation
- RNT – Riverside New Testament
- RSV – Revised Standard Version
- SNB – Restoration of Original Sacred Name Bible
- SSBE – The Sacred Scriptures, Bethel Edition
- TBR – The Bible Reader
- TDB – The Dartmouth Bible
- TEV – Today’s English Version
- TJB – The Jerusalem Bible
- WET – Wuest Expanded Translation
- WNT – Williams New Testament
Definitions of Scripture
First, we shall check two definitions in Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of the English Language:
- scripture: the sacred writings of any people; originally, anything written, as a document, book, or inscription, or its contents; a writing.
- Scripture: the books of the Old and New Testaments, including often the Apocrypha; specially the Bible: usually plural; a text or passage from the Bible.
Lower Case:In checking the dictionary definition above, the use of a lower case initial “s” broadens the scope of the term. Thus, such writings as The Adigranth, The Analect of Confucius, The Book of Enoch, The Book of Mormon, The Gospel of Thomas, Jaina Sutras, The Koran, Nihongi, Popul Vuh, Tao-Teh-King, Teachings of Baha’u’llah, Tripitaka, The Upanishads, and The Zendavesta, can be included. Despite how Christians feel about these writings, they are (or were) Scriptural to many people. These are upper case writings to those whose accept them as Scripture.
Upper Case:In checking the dictionary definition above, the use of an upper case initial “s” limits the scope of the term. To those of Judaism, this means The Tanakh. To those of Christianity, this means the Old Testament, The New Testament, and possibly The Apocrypha. It also means that, outside of the Bible, Yahweh cannot, or will not, direct His servants to write further Scripture.
Other Words:“Writing” can be a synonym of “Scripture,” and is probably used here in that sense. However, it does have broader meanings. “Document” is like “Writing.” However, in the case used above, it stands for “holy Scriptures” in the previous sentence. Further, it refers to each writing within the known Scriptures of the day. The use of “Bible” in this context is what translators call an anachronism. Many feel that such should be avoided. The Bible, as we know it, was not in existence. Even our Old Testament was not canonized until after A.D. 70, even though the writings had long been in existence. Some of the New Testament had not been written when Paul made this statement to Timothy. The New Testament as such did not exist until late in the fourth century A.D.
In this category, the word “is” has been added and indicated by italics or brackets. It is indefinite because the reader does not know if the word “is” had been omitted in the past by design or by error. The translators seem to feel that it should be included for completion of thought, but are not absolutely sure that it should be there. If they had felt sure either way, the versions in this category would have been in one of the other two.
DHB – Every scripture [is] divinely inspired, and profitable for teaching, … .
KJV – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Others – EBR
AB – Every Scripture is God-breathed – given by His inspiration – and profitable for instruction, … .
IB – Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, … .
Others – NKJ
YLR – …; every Writing is God-breathed, and profitable for teaching.
Others – (none)
In this category, the word “is” or another verb of certainty follows the word “Scripture.” It is conclusive because of the affirmed statements that the Scriptures were inspired by Yahweh. The translators have taken a definite stand.
CNT – As for scripture, it is divinely inspired, being serviceable for teaching, … .
KTC – Everything in the scripture has been divinely inspired, and has its uses: to instruct us, to expose our errors, to correct our faults, to educate us in holy living; … .
MCT – Every scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, … .
PRS – All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the faith and correcting error.
Others – CLNT, MNT, NAB, NJB, NRS, RSV, TBR, TJB, WET
CEV – Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching … .
CTNT – Every Scripture, seeing that it is God-breathed, is also profitable for teaching,… .
EVD – All Scripture is given by God. And all Scripture is useful for teaching.
GW – Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, … .
KLNT – All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, … .
NNT – All our Holy Scriptures are inspired by God. They are useful in many ways.
SGAT – All Scripture is divinely inspired, and useful in teaching in uprightness.
TM – Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, … .
Others – AAT, AIV, CENT, CJB, MSNT, NAS, NBV, NCV, NET, NIV, NLT, NSNT, NWT, RNT, SNB, TDB, TEV, WNT
ANT – … and that from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which have power to make you wise for salvation by faith that is in Christ Jesus. Each document is divinely inspired, and consequently advantageous for instruction, reproof, reclamation and moral discipline, … .
LB – The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration of God and is useful to teach us what is true … .
NLV – All the Holy Writings are God-given and are God-given and are made alive by Him. Man is helped when he is taught God’s Word.
Others – (none)
In this category, the verb “is” does not appear immediately following the word “Scripture.” It is restrictive because the statement refers only to Scriptures that have been inspired by Yahweh. It suggests that there are Scriptures that have not been inspired by Him. It also suggests that Yahweh can instruct other servants throughout later times to write. Again, the translators have taken a stand, whether or not they accept the implication.
BNT – Every divinely inspired scripture is also useful for teaching the truth, for the refutation of error, for moral correction, and for training in the good life.
DRB – All scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, … .
LBP – All scripture written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is profitable for doctrine, … .
NEB – Every inspired scripture has its use for teaching the truth and refuting error, … .
REB – All inspired scripture has its use for teaching the truth and refuting error, … .
WTNT – For all scripture given by inspiration of God, is profitable to teach, … .
Others – ASV, HBRV, MRB, SSBE
EDW – All Scripture, divinely inspired, is indeed profitable for Teaching, … .
IV – And all Scripture given by inspiration of God, is profitable for doctrine, … .
WAS – Every Scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, … .
Others – (none)
HBME – Every Divinely inspired and useful writing was intended for teaching, attestation, and education in righteousness, … .
TCNT – Everything that is written under divine inspiration is helpful for teaching, … .
Others – (none)