A Comparison of Luke 1:78-79

Luke 1:78 GW

“A new day will dawn on us from above
because our God is loving and merciful.
He will give light to those who live in the dark
and in death’s shadow.
He will guide us into the way of peace.”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

“because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Word-for-Word (Form Equivalence)

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“Because of God’s tender mercy,
the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
and to guide us to the path of peace.”
New Living Translation (NLT)
Thought-for-Thought (Function Equivalence)

“Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
God’s Sunrise will break in upon us,
Shining on those in the darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
Then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
down the path of peace.”
The Message (MSG)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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