Welcome to the twenty-third week of comparing the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) with the Revised English Bible (REB) for the second reading at Sunday’s Mass. This is a chance to compare a strongly literal translation like the NABRE New Testament with a much more dynamic translation like the REB. As the translators continue to work on revising the NABRE New Testament, it also provides a chance to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the current translation (which was completed in 1986).

Sunday, November 18th, 2018 — Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Second Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14,18

NABRE:

Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins. But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated. Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer offering for sin.

REB:

Daily every priest stands performing his service and time after time offering the same sacrifices, which can never remove sins. Christ, having offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, took his seat at God’s right hand, where he now waits until his enemies are made his footstool. So by one offering he has perfected for ever those who are consecrated by it. And where these have been forgiven, there are no further offerings for sin.¬†

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