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Verses We Love – a Comparison of Matthew 11:28

Matthew 11:28

“Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

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“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Word-for-Word (Form Equivalence)

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
New Living Translation (NLT)
Thought-for-Thought (Function Equivalence)

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.”
The Message (MSG)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

Visit our Bible Translation Guide for more information about the major differences between the clear, natural English of GOD’S WORD and other translations.

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