[quote="Oldtimer_7, post:13, topic:267246"]
Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents. In the NRSV version, Herod has all the children under two years of age killed. In the ESV, the RSV, the KJV, and the DRC, and others, it is only the male children who are killed. If the former case, it makes Herod a paranoid lunatic for even having female children killed. In the other versions, he comes across as a typical Oriental ruler, ruthless and plotting, but still a man who has his wits. The "inclusive" language of the NRSV is its own undoing. I cannot imagine any woman saying, "I think I will be a Christian because I resemble those innocents." Thus doing violence to the historical, sociolological, and theological message of the Gospel is for naught.
Well said. You hit it on the head.
I am an ELCA vicar. We use the NRSV liturgically, as it is the translation used in the common lectionary. However, for personal use, it really varies person to person. I have members in my congregation who use paraphrases, such as the Message, ESV, NIV, TNIV, NKJV, KJV, RSV, NRSV, ESV, etc. Personally, I use the ESV if my Greek NT and/or Septuagint are unavailable.