Compare Acts 2:20-21 in Four Translations

Acts 2:20-21 GW

“‘The sun will become dark,
and the moon will become as red as blood
before the terrifying day of the Lord comes.
Then whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

“‘The sun will be changed to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.
And then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”
New English Translation (NET)
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)

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“‘The sun will become dark,
the moon red as blood,
before the overwhelming and glorious day of the Lord will come.
Then anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.’”
New Century Version (NCV)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)

“The sun will turn dark,
and the moon
will be as red as blood
before the great
and wonderful day
of the Lord appears.
Then the Lord
will save everyone
who asks for his help.”
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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