Negative sequences continued

Last post focused on NIV 2011. Now I will look at the same texts with ESV, HCSB, and GW.

ESV

John 1:13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

John 5:37-38 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, this form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent.

John 12:40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.

Rom 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Cor 6:9-10  Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

HCSB

John 1:13 who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:25 So they asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you aren’t the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?”

John 5:37-38 The Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me. You have not heard His voice at any time, and you haven’t seen His form. You don’t have His word living in you, because you don’t believe the One He sent.

John 12:40  He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so that they would not see with their eyes or understand with their hearts, and be converted, and I would heal them.

Rom 8:38-39 I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

1 Cor 6:9-10 Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.

Gal 3:28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

GW

John 1:13 These people didn’t become God’s children in a physical way—from a human impulse or from a husband’s desire ‹to have a child›. They were born from God.
(GW reduces this to two items, not three)

John 1:25 They asked John, “Why do you baptize if you’re not the Messiah or Elijah or the prophet?”

John 5:37-38 The Father who sent me testifies on my behalf. You have never heard his voice, and you have never seen his form. So you don’t have the Father’s message within you, because you don’t believe in the person he has sent.

John 12:40 God blinded them and made them close-minded so that their eyes don’t see and their minds don’t understand. And they never turn to me for healing!

Rom 8:38-39 I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can’t be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation.

1 Cor 6:9-10 Don’t you know that wicked people won’t inherit the kingdom of God? Stop deceiving yourselves! People who continue to commit sexual sins, who worship false gods, those who commit adultery, homosexuals, or thieves, those who are greedy or drunk, who use abusive language, or who rob people will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Gal 3:28 There are neither Jews nor Greeks, slaves nor free people, males nor females. You are all the same in Christ Jesus.

As I read these passages, the ESV seems more consistent in the use of “neither/nor,” the one exception in these vereses is the use of “lest” which changes the follow on sequence. The surprise for me was HCSB which parallels NIV 2011 and GW, which generally use “neither/or” rather than “neither/nor.” Maybe I am older than I thought! I learned “neither/nor” and “either/or.”

So, does the use of “neither/or” sound natural to you? Does “neither/or” sound odd to you?

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2 Responses to Negative sequences continued

  1. Phillip Hofinga says:

    I have to wonder if it’s not more a carelessness of English usage than a carelessness of translation.

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    • exegete77 says:

      Howdy, Phillip. I think you are correct in that assessment. Unfortunately, from the reader’s perspective, it doesn’t help understanding.

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