Thank you Martin, that is a very good explanation about tnstlaraion of the Bible. I have a NKJV now but have had a TNIV for a number of years. I guess I was troubled by the replacement of the word mankind with human beings in the TNIV. I am also troubled with The Message in recent times. I do believe we should do our homework with regard to any Christian literary work we read. That is the case with Bibles also. These days I try to find out as much as I can about the author/s of a book. This goes for Bible versions as well. It appears that the author of The Message, Eugene Peterson, has some mystic/contemplative propensities (to put it as gently as I can!). This could account for several of the puzzling phrases in The Message e.g. May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! Romans 15:13. What is green hope ? Also in the Lord's Prayer: Do what is best as above so below Matthew 6:10. The phrase as above so below is an occult phrase apparently and certainly isn't a good substitute for On earth as it is in heaven (NKJV). The question could be asked, is Eugene Peterson weaving his own beliefs into this version? I would not recommend The Message to anybody. I actually do not see it as a Bible in fact! We've come to a sad day when such works are accepted and published.