Expanded Bible - Sample Verses

The Expanded Bible uses a system of in-text references. An L is a literal rendering. A Cis a comment on a passage and a T is a traditional rendering. An italicized or refers to an alternative reading. Verse numbers are cross references and bracketed words are expansions. A bullet point (·) indicates the start of an in-text reference. The Bible text is in bold; however this feature is not reproduced here.

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Genesis 12:1-5

1 The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s ·family [Lhouse], and go to the land I will show you [CCanaan, the Promised Land].

2 I will make you a great nation,
and I will bless you.
I will make ·you famous [Lyour name great],
·and [or so that] you will be a blessing to others.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and I will place a curse on those who ·harm [or curse] you.
And all the ·people [families; clans] on earth
will be blessed through you [Cthe promises of the Abrahamic covenant].”
4 So Abram left Haran [11:31] as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. At this time Abram was 75 years old. 5 He took his wife Sarai, ·his nephew [Lthe son of his brother] Lot, and everything they owned, as well as all the ·servants [Lpeople] they had gotten in Haran. They set out from Haran, planning to go to the land of Canaan, and in time they arrived there.

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I ·have everything I need [Lwill lack nothing].
2 He ·lets me rest [makes me lie down] in green pastures.
He leads me to ·calm [quiet] water.
3 He ·gives me new strength [Trenews my soul].
He leads me on paths that are ·right [righteous; or straight]
for the ·good [sake] of his ·name [reputation].
4 Even if I walk through ·a very dark valley [or the shadow of death],
I will ·not be afraid [Tfear no evil],
because you are with me.
Your rod and your shepherd’s staff comfort me.
5 You prepare a ·meal [Ltable] for me
in ·front [the presence] of my enemies.
You ·pour oil of blessing on my head [anoint my head with oil; Coil was a means of refreshment in a hot, dry environment];
you ·fill my cup to overflowing [Lmake my cup overflow; Ca cup of blessing].
6 Surely your goodness and ·love [loyalty; Tmercy] will ·be with [pursue; Tfollow] me
all my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord ·forever [Lfor length of days].

Isaiah 55:1-3

1 The Lord says, “All you who are thirsty,
come ·and drink [Lto the waters; John 7:37].
Those of you who do not have money,
come, buy and eat [Prov. 9:5]!
Come buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend your money on something that is not ·real food [bread]?
Why work for something that doesn’t really satisfy you?
Listen closely to me, and you will eat what is good;
your soul will ·enjoy [delight in] the ·rich food that satisfies [Lfat].
3 Come to me and ·listen [extend your ear];
listen to me so you may live.
I will make an ·agreement with you that will last forever [everlasting covenant/treaty with you].
I will give you the ·blessings [covenant love; loyalty; lovingkindness; Tsure mercies] I promised to David [2 Sam. 7:11–14; Ps. 89:33–35; Acts 13:34].

Mark 1:9-13

9 ·At that time [In those days] Jesus came from the town of Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River. 10 Immediately, as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw ·heaven [the sky] ·open [split open]. The ·Holy Spirit [LSpirit] ·came down [descended] on him like a dove [Ceither in the form of a dove, or in bird-like descent], 11 and a voice came from heaven: “You are my ·Son, whom I love [dearly beloved Son; Ps. 2:7; Gen. 22:2], ·and I am very pleased with you [in whom I take great delight; Is. 42:1].”

12 ·Then [Immediately] the Spirit ·sent [drove; compelled] Jesus into the ·desert [wilderness]. 13 He was in the ·desert [wilderness] forty days [Canalogous to Israel’s forty years] and was ·tempted [or tested] by Satan [Cas both Adam and Eve and the nation Israel in the wilderness were tempted, but failed]. He was with the wild animals [Cdangerous or perhaps Eden-like conditions], and the angels came and ·took care of [served; ministered to] him.

John 1:1-5

1 In the beginning [Gen. 1:1] ·there was the Word [the Word already existed; Cthe Word refers to Christ, God’s revelation of himself]. The Word was ·with [in the presence of; in intimate relationship with] God [Cthe Father], and the Word was [fully] God. 2 He was ·with [in the presence of; in intimate relationship with] God in the beginning. 3 All things ·were made [were created; came to be] ·by [through] him, and nothing ·was made [came to be] without him [Prov. 8:22–31]. 4 ·In him there was life [or What was made through him was life], and that life was the light of all people. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not ·overpowered [defeated; or understood; comprehended] it.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8

1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want you to ·remember [or be clear about] the ·Good News [Gospel] I brought to you. You received this ·Good News [Gospel] ·and continue strong in it [or and have based your faith on it; Lin which you stand]. 2 And you are being saved by it if you ·continue believing [Lhold firm to] ·what I told you [Lthe Gospel message I proclaimed to you], unless you believed ·for nothing [in vain; or superficially; or in something of no value].

3 [LFor] I passed on to you what I received, which is ·of greatest importance [or the first thing I told you]: that Christ died for our sins, ·as the Scriptures say [Laccording to the Scripture; Is. 53:5–6]; 4 that he was buried and was raised to life on the third day ·as the Scriptures say [Laccording to the Scripture; Ps. 16:8–11]; 5 and that he was seen by ·Peter [LCephas; CPeter’s name in Aramaic; see 1:12] and then by ·the twelve apostles [Lthe Twelve; Luke 24:33–36]. 6 After that, Jesus was seen by more than five hundred of the ·believers [Lbrothers (and sisters)] at the same time. Most of them ·are still living today [Lremain until now], but some have ·died [Lfallen asleep; Ca euphemism for death]. 7 Then he was seen by ·James [Jesus’ brother; Mark 6:3; Acts 15:13; Gal. 1:19] and later by all the apostles [Acts 1:6–11]. 8 Last of all he was seen by me [Acts 9]—as by a person ·not born at the normal time [prematurely/abnormally born; CChrist’s appearance to Paul was unique, occurring after Jesus’ ascension].


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