We are saddened to announce that His Way Christian Bookstore can not in good faith support or condone this mis-translation of Scripture. Zondervan and its translation team have pressed the Word of God to the point of the absurd in some places, and in others the changes are so bad they alter the meaning of the text itself. Below, we have highlighted some of the most noticeable portions of change, but these are only a drop in the bucket.
Romans 6:19 NIV (1984 version)
"I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness."
Romans 6:19 NIV (2011 version)
"I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness."
Judges 13:5 NIV (1984 version)
"...you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines."
Judges 13:5 NIV (2011 version)
"You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines."
Matthew 19:12 NIV (1984 version)
"For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."
Matthew 19:12 NIV (2011 version)
"For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others--and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."
Job 33:26 NIV (1984 version)
"He prays to God and finds favor with him, he sees God's face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state."
Job 33:26 NIV (2011 verion)
"Then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God's face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being."
Because of the changes, both to the text in general and the gender changes in places, His Way can not continue to sell this version of the Bible. We will be beefing up our stock of ESV, NKJV, NLTs, Amplified, HCSV, and Message to fill in the gap the NIV will leave on our shelves.
For those who would like the full list of changes found in the 2011 please go here. Robert Slowley has done an amazing job showing point by point where the changes can be found. He also urges people, as do we, to go to Bible Gateway and compare the changes for themselves. John Dyer also has an amazing comparison page and you can find that, here.
Please do not hesitate to ask any His Way associate for more details on this issue, we are happy to answer any further questions you have.