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Young's Literal Translation

Young's Literal Translation, or YLT
Young's Literal Translation, or YLT, is a very literal (and very useful) update of the KJV. 

Young's Literal Translation is one of five Bible versions, or translations, available on Bible Nav —

Young's Literal Translation dates from 1862.  It is in the Public Domain. 

Young's Literal Translation is based on the King James Version of the Bible and can be called an extreme ‘formal equivalence’ translation.  The translation had solid Biblical scholarship behind it (at least for 1862) and can still be valuable as one of your study Bibles (although it may be more difficult to use as a daily reading Bible). 

In contrast to the decision made by the translators of the King James Version, the Young's Literal Translation translator, Robert Young, displays the name of God in the Old Testament.  Following the scholarship of the time, the name is presented as “Jehovah” rather than “Yahweh.”  Here is an example —

Psa 113:1 :  Praise ye Jah! Praise, ye servants of Jehovah. Praise the name of Jehovah. 

Throughout both the Old Testament and the New Testament, some archaic English KJV words have been updated.  For example, the use of “gospel” has been replaced with the more precise term “good news” in this passage —

Rom 1:1 :  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, a called apostle, having been separated to the good news of God -- 

Punctuation and formatting, of course, do not exist in the earliest copies of the Hebrew Old Testament or Greek New Testament manuscripts.  Of the versions available on Bible Nav, Young's Literal Translation has the least amount of added punctuation and formatting.  The minimal formatting that exists for the KJV has been applied to YLT. 

Another punctuation convention used by YLT is to have ‘added’ words (words not found in the original text but supplied by the translators) printed in italics.  Often, however, Young simply doesn't add the words in the first place. 

More information on Young's Literal Translation is located on Wikipedia —

Young's Literal Translation on Wikipedia


Young's Literal Translation, or YLT