The Breath of God: The Bible Paraphrased

The big question: Why another Bible? There are hundreds of English translations of the Bible, aren’t there? Why is another coming out? Well the answer to this is that this is not “another Bible” in and of itself. It is a companion to the Bible. It is not a new translation of the Bible into English. It isn’t even a translation at all. There is no attempt at all to hide the fact that this project is in fact a paraphrase of the Bible. That means that this Bible is not in any way shape or form a “literal” rendering of God’s Holy Word, but in fact an attempt to bring that Word closer to the hearts and minds of the English-speaking world.

There is a tradition in Bible Translation (though every scholar will deny it) that when choosing the words to render a verse the hardest to understand version is picked. I am not going to comment on the purpose of this, whether it is viewed as scholarly, Holy or some other reason, but I do know that even the most easy to understand literal translations out there are still not in our modern dialect of English that is spoken today. No one speaks English the way that the Bible displays it.

For that reason (just as the great paraphrasers before us) we have elected make a paraphrase of the English Bible. You read that right: a paraphrase of the English Bible, not just one translation, but of the Bible as it has been translated into English. We have compared and contrasted translation after translation and gone through and looked at the original meanings of the words as well.

Inspiration came from the paper “Paraphrasing the Bible” by John Ellison. Paraphrasing the Bible comes now to a different point of view, not to put our names out there as great Theologians or editors of the Bible, but to exemplify the Lord as best we can and bring Him to the masses. The second part of inspiration we received was about the title. In 2 Timothy 3:16 God tells us that all Scripture is breathed out by God (or literally God-Breathed). That is where the title came from, that all Scripture is the Breath of God.


Breath of God

The Breath of God: The Bible ParaphrasedTM (BOGTM) get’s its name from 2 Timothy 3:16 where the words written about Scripture says that it is (literally) God-Breathed or Breathed out by God. That is where we have taken the name for our new version from the Bible from. We will be posting information about our latest news soon.

But for now we leave you with John Chapter 1 as it will appear in the BOGTM:


“Jesus, the Word of God, is God. John bore witness of
Him and points Him out. Jesus calls his first disciples.”

The Word Became Flesh
(1-5) In the beginning was the Word, which was with God, was God and existed in the beginning with God. Everything was made through Him, without whom there would be nothing. And through Him life was what was made, and that life is a light to all people. A light which shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot put it out.

(6-8) There was a man named John. He was sent by God to tell all about the Light, so that all might believe because of his words. John was not the Light, he came only to tell of the way of the Light.

(9-13) The actual Light, who gives light to everyone, was entering the world. He was on the earth, which had been made through Him, but the people did not know Him. He came to His own people but they rejected him. But, to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the ability to become children of God, who are not born from blood, from flesh nor from men, but are born from God.

(14-18) And the Word became flesh and lived on the earth with us. We have seen His glory, a glory that shines as of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. John told of Him as he called, “This is Him! The One I told you was going to come after me, but was greater than I, because He existed before I did.” For out of His abundance He has given us gracious gift after gracious gift. For the Law came through Moses, Grace and Truth came through Jesus the Messiah . For no one has ever seen God, but the only Son of God who is at the very heart of the Father has explained him.

The Testimony of John the Baptist
(19-23) This is what John had said. When the Jews sent priests, and those of the tribe of Levi, from Jerusalem to ask him who he was, he was honest with them. He told them the truth and didn’t try to hide anything, but simply said, “I am not the Messiah.” So then they asked, “Who are you then, Elijah?” He answered, “No, I’m not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” So they said, “Tell us who you are because we need to give an answer to those who sent us. Tell us anything about yourself.” He said, “I am the voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make the path of the Lord straight, ’ just as the prophet Isaiah said.”

(24-28) Now the Pharisees had sent them and they asked, “Why are you baptizing, if you’re not the Messiah, Elijah nor the Prophet?” John answered, “I baptize with water, but there is One among you and you don’t know Him. It’s Him who comes after me, and I’m not worthy enough to even touch His sandals.” All of this happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan where John was baptizing.

Behold Jesus the Lamb of God
(29-34) The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and he said, “Hey! Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the One that I said, ‘He will come after me, but is great than I, because He existed before me.’ I didn’t know Him, but that’s why I started baptizing, that He might reveal Himself to Israel.” John spoke of what he had seen, “I saw the Spirit coming down like a dove out of the sky and it stayed on Him. I didn’t recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said, ‘The One that the Spirit comes down upon and stays on, this is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ This is the what I have seen and told you, that this is the Son of God.”

Jesus’ First Disciples
(35-42) The next day John was standing with two of his disciples and again saw Jesus. John said, “Hey! Look, the Lamb of God!” John’s two disciples heard him say this so they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following Him and asked, “What do you want?” And they replied, “Rabbi,” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” And He answered, “Come and see for yourselves.” So they went with Him and saw where He was staying, and stayed with Him for the Day (for it was late in the afternoon, being about four o’clock). One of these two who heard John speak was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. The first thing he did was go find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah!” (This means Christ.) He brought Simon to Jesus and Jesus took one look at him and said, “You’re Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (or Peter).

(43-51) The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee and found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” (Philip was from Bethsaida, the same place that Andrew and Peter were from.) Philip went and found Nathanael and told him, “We found the One that Moses wrote of in the Law and the Prophets spoke of. It’s Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph .” Nathanael replied, “Nazareth? Does anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip simply said, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him He said, “Look here, a real Israelite with nothing fake about him.” Nathanael replied, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered, “Before Philip invited you here, when you stood under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus said to him, “Because I said, ‘I saw you standing under the fig tree,’ you believed? Just wait and you will see things that are far greater.” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth you’re going to see heaven open and God’s angels coming down and going back up on the son of Man as on a ladder.”