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   The Universal Version Bible (UVB) 

Today, new generations of believers have emerged and the need to update archaic words while at the same time improving the word for word translation for English speaking people in the 21st century must take place. This unique Bible maintains the Old Testament names of ELOHIM, while producing a more accurate, literal, easy to read text, complete with extensive translation notes. This larger print edition of the UVB contains 1,000’s of notes not included in the regular print edition, making the UVB the study Bible of choice for any serious student of Scripture.

Isa.30:8 

Every generation needs to go through a purification process as words change meaning, and our understanding of the Bible languages increases. The best translation of the Bible is of no value if the reader cannot understand what is written. The changing of word meanings can make a majestic translation to one generation a poor translation to following generations. In conjunction with words changing meaning new manuscripts have been found which help us shed light on how we should understand the original languages the Scriptures were recorded in. This is why the Psalmist refers to a number of purifications. The King James Version (KJV) or Authorized Version (AV) itself was a revision or update of previous translations – most notable of those being the Geneva Bible.

While translating the Bible and modernizing its structure and words require scholar’s years of work, translating the Bible with the help of technology requires only a fraction of the time. Translating issues can also arise through a built in theological bias the translator brings with him/her to the translation work. We have included numerous translation notes which will appear as footnotes. These footnotes are included to aid and assist the Bible student in their studies. To prevent any bias and to speed up the process of translating we used a computer to extract all the words (in their original language) used in the Scriptures, and compared them with a custom dictionary. Wherever possible no English words are added to the text, but the UVB will use as many words as is needed to give a clear understanding. When words are used which do not appear in the original texts we will use italics for you to know that those particular words are not part of the text and have been supplied as a help. The computer views this list and by comparing the words with references to the Septuigent (a Greek version of the Old Testament), Strong’s Greek/Hebrew concordance, Young’s Literal Concordance, Brown-Driver-Briggs’Hebrew Definitions, Thayer’s Greek Definitions, Bullinger’s Greek Lexicon, Englishman’s Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance, Englishman’s Greek Concordance, Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon, James Donnegan’s A New Greek and English Lexicon, Abbott-Smith’s Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament, as well as Webster’s 2000 Dictionary.  The computer also compares the meaning of every word in its original language and will supply the best rendering to give the reader a clearer understanding. The use of technology also guarantees that the work produced is not “biased” in any nature but accurate and true to its meaning. One must always bear in mind it is the very Words of ELOHIM to English readers. The following are the rules and formats used in the translating process:

 i)  The original design on the order of the books of the Bible will be maintained. This may at 1st seem awkward for the Bible student, but when the Bible is understood in this divine order it actually becomes much easier to understand. See the sections titled The Hebrew and Aramaic Scriptures beginning on page 10, and The Greek Scriptures beginning on page 15 for a further discussion.

ii)  Before the 1st verse of each book there will be a short outline of the book. If a book (ie. Exodus) has a multiple part outline each part will be before the 1st verse of that part.

iii) Old expressions are replaced wherever possible. E.g. “on a day” is translated as “on a certain day”

iv) Words that are not found in any dictionary (invalid) but that are easily understandable and if no proper modern words can replace them are preserved. E.g. “righteousnesses”

v) Proper names of locations will be the transliterated word. E.G. “Gehenna” instead of “hell.”

vi) The word “eonian” is transliterated for the Greek word “aionios,” meaning to the “eon” or “age.” These words will also be used in the Hebrew writings for the Hebrew word “Olam” and all words derived from “olam.”

vii) Words denoting time will keep their time specific meaning. An example would be “eon” for the Greek “aion.”

viii) The names and titles of ELOHIM where possible are retained throughout the UVB, thus making it easier for the Bible student to fully appreciate the different names and titles of ELOHIM.

ix)  EL is maintained for God and the plural form ELOHIM is maintained for Gods. EL is pronounced as “ale.” ELOHIM is pronounced as “El – o - heem.”

x)  LORD is replaced by YAHWEH; YAHWEH is ELOHIM’s proper name. YAHWEH is pronounced as “ya–way.” YAW (pronounced YA) is a contracted form of this name.

xi)  YAHWEH SABAOTH is used for THE LORD OF HOSTS. It is pronounced as “ya-way saw-baw.”

xii) ADONAI is used for Lord and is pronounced ad-o-nigh.

xiii)  ELYON is used for MOST HIGH. ELYON is pronounced El – ya – own.

xiv) ELAH means an ELOHIM worthy of Worship or ELOHIM to worship. ELAH is pronounced el – ah.

xv) ELOAH means the ELOHIM of all ELOHIM’s. It is pronounced El – oh –ah.

xvi) SHADDAI means Mighty or Almighty. It is pronounced Sha – dye.

xvii) ADON means sovereign, that is, controller (human or divine): - lord, master, owner. It is pronounced as aw-done.

xviii) ILLAY means “The Supreme” and is pronounce I’L-L-ay.

xix) ATTIQ YOMIN means Ancient of Days and is pronounced at-teek yome

xx)  ABIYR means Mighty and is pronounced Ab-ire.

xxi) LOGOS means Word and is sometimes used as a reference to the 2nd Person of the Godhead. It is pronounced Lo-Gos

xxii) The Hebrew names and titles for God will be maintained throughout the entire UVB (Universal Version Bible) including the Greek Scriptures.

xxiii) Where possible American units of measurement will be used. E.g. a cubit is 18 inches so it will be converted to 18 inches. 2 cubits is converted to 3 feet etc.

xxiv) The following abbreviations of the text are used. ET = English Text; HT = Hebrew Text; GT = Greek Text; MT = Massoratic Text.

xxv) Numbers will be used where possible rather than words. E.g. one hundred becomes 100.

xxvi) The Greek word translated MESSIAH means the exact same as the Hebrew word translated MESSIAH. To show all Scripture is equally important and to give a connection between the Old and New Testaments, MESSIAH will be used in both the Old and New Testaments.

xxvii)  The Greek word “hades” and the Hebrew word “sheol” means an unseen place or the unseen, and is typically used as a reference for the soul at death. These 2 words will always be translated as unseen.

xxviii)  The Greek word “epouranios” translated in most versions as heaven(ly) or celestial will be transliterated in the UVB as “epouranios” meaning above the heavens. It is pronounced as ep-oo-ran'-ee-us.


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Sample Text from the UVB

The following is the first 4 verses of Genesis with the study notes included.

Gen.1:1 [1] Originally [2] ELOHIM [3] created [4] the heaven [5] and the land. [6]

1:2 The land became [7] a chaos [8] and empty, [9] and darkness was on the surface of the roaring deep. [10] Nonetheless the SPIRIT of the ELOHIM is brooding [11] over the surface of the waters.

1:3 And ELOHIM said, Let there be light: [12] and there was light.

1:4 And ELOHIM saw the light, that it was good: [13] and ELOHIM divided [14] the light from the darkness.


[1] See Appendix 15.

[2] Or: In the beginning. The definite article in the rendering, “In the beginning” cannot safely be pressed, since the phrase may be simply construed with what follows. There are 3 major views concerning the relationship of Gen.1:1 to the rest of the creation account.

1.     Gen.1:1 describes an original creation of the universe. ELOHIM began fashioning the land as we know it in Gen.1:3. This view may or may not involve a gap in time between  Gen.1:1-2. Some advocates of this view believe that the original creation became chaotic as a result of divine judgment. This is the view the UVB supports. 

2.     Gen.1:1 describes part of what ELOHIM did on the 1st day of creation (Gen.1:1-5). It is a general statement followed by specific details. 

3.     Gen.1:1 describes what ELOHIM did on all 6 days of creation (Gen.1:2-31). It is a topic sentence that introduces the whole creation account that follows.

[3] A plural of quality = Godhead (as our Lordship=Lord). The Hebrew word translated "ELOHIM" ('elohim) is a plural noun. The plurality simply adds intensification to the name EL, as does the personal pronoun "us" in Gen.1:26. Hebrew is the only ancient Semitic language that intensifies nouns and pronouns by making them plurals. The writers of Scripture used 'elohim as a title of honor. Though it is a plural in form, it is singular in meaning when referring to the true EL.

[4] Gen. 1 is not a history of the original creation, but of a reconstruction following a cataclysmic judgment which had befallen the original creation. Gen.1:1 Original creation. Gen.1:2 Its destruction. Gen.1:3 and on, Reconstruction. The holy Spirit has given us these 5 manifestations of ELOHIM’s creative power in the first 2 verses of the Bible:

At 1st

Time

ELOHIM created the heaven

Space

And the land

Matter

And the SPIRIT of the ELOHIM

Force

brooding

Motion

[5] Or "the entire universe"; or "the sky and the dry land." This phrase is often interpreted as a merism, referring to the entire ordered universe, including the heavens and the earth and everything in them. The "heavens and the earth" were completed in 7 days (see Gen.2:1) and are characterized by fixed laws (see Jer.33:25). "Heavens" refers specifically to the sky, created on the 2nd day (see Gen.1:8), while "earth" refers specifically to the dry land, created on the 3rd day (see Gen.1:10). Both are distinct from the sea/seas (see Gen.1:10 and Exo.20:11).

[6] Land ('erets) is defined as: country, territory;  district, region; tribal territory; piece of ground; land of Canaan, Israel; inhabitants of land; city (-state); ground, surface of the earth; ground; soil. In this passage it has the idea of the surface of the earth.

[7] It is of the greatest importance to understand that the condition in which the land (not the heavens) is described in the 2nd verse is not how ELOHIM created it at the 1st. Scripture itself tells us this. Read Isa.45:18. The Hebrew word for “choas” is tohu, which means waste. “The land was waste and void.” But in the passage of Isaiah we read, “He created it not a waste.” The original planet passed through a great upheaval. A judgment swept over it, which in all probability must have occurred on account of the fall of that mighty creature, Diabolos, who fell by pride and became the Adversary. The original planet, no doubt, was his habitation and he had authority over it which he still claims as the prince of this eon. Luk.4:5-6 shows us this. The planet had become choas and empty; chaos and darkness reigned. What that original planet was we do not know, but we know that animal and vegetable life was in existence long before ELOHIM began to restore the land. The immense fossil beds prove this. But they likewise prove that man was not then on the land. Between the 1st and 2nd verses of the Bible there is that unknown period of millions of years of which geology gets a glimpse in studying the crust of the planet. ELOHIM waited His own time in majestic calmness when He would begin to carry out His restoration of the world.

[8] Chaos – תּהוּ (tôhû) From an unused root meaning to lie waste; a desolation (of surface), that is, desert; figuratively a worthless thing; adverbially in vain: - confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, (thing of) nought, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness. A place of chaos.

[9] Empty – בּהוּ (bôhû) meaning emptiness, void, waste.

[10] The Septuagent Version or “Greek Bible” translates as “the abyss.”

[11] This is the most exact rendering of the Hebrew “râchaph.” The participal form of such a word clearly denotes a process, rather than an instantaneous act. Standing where it does, it describes the condition of things on which the 1st creative mandate of the 6 days took effect. It shows an ELOHIM who is in the confines of time rather than outside of its confines.

[12] Light. The Hebrew word simply means "light," but it is used often in scripture to convey the ideas of deliverance, joy, knowledge, righteousness, and life. In this context one cannot ignore those connotations, for it is the antithesis of the darkness. The 1st thing ELOHIM does is correct the darkness; without the light there is only chaos.

[13] “Since ELOHIM IS good, nothing He causes any of His created beings to do, even if it is said to be "evil" is a sin. Since ELOHIM is GOOD, everything He creates in its original state will be good, because it is created "out of ELOHIM", Who is Good (Gen.1:4; Gen.1:9-12; Gen.1:16-21; Gen.1:24; Gen.1:31). The point is, everything ELOHIM originally creates is GOOD, in fact VERY GOOD, because He is good. Anything done under His power could not be sin; sin can only originate due to a lesser being rebelling against ELOHIM. If everything Adversary did was the result of ELOHIM doing it, it would be impossible for him to SIN (miss the mark), if what Adam did in the garden, by eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, was ELOHIM's doing, then it would not have been a sin, or transgression, or disobedience, or an offense against ELOHIM, since Adam would have only been doing ELOHIM's will, and since ELOHIM is Good, and not an evil being, or a criminal organization, it could not have been rebellion, it would have been following ELOHIM's orders, doing the will of ELOHIM, even His intention. When ELOHIM makes a creature do anything, whether it is good or evil, it cannot be a sin, because ELOHIM is not evil, but GOOD. That is why it is impossible for the lower animals to sin, only man and the previously created celestial beings can sin, because they were created and endowed with certain divine qualities (creative abilities if you will), the ability to think beyond stimuli in their environment, and tool making, and an ELOHIM awareness. This is where man has much in common with his Creator, the ability to CREATE 1 Pet. 2:12. Government and the laws of man are an example of human creation; man has this ability in common with ELOHIM. It is ELOHIM given, along with the responsibility of the rules to be GOOD. So if Adversary is sinning, he does so in rebellion to ELOHIM, when ELOHIM gives permission to Adversary for some particular errand, Adversary is not sinning in that commission, neither is ELOHIM, even though it may involve evil and suffering for others (the book of Job being an example of this). But we do read of Adversary sinning, could this be a hint as to what occurred in Eden? (Joh.8:40-44). When did Adversary, 1st LIE? When did he become a MAN-KILLER? Well, the 1stman was Adam, so Adversary could not have been a man-killer before there was a man to kill. And if Adversary had been doing ELOHIM's work in the Garden, he would not have sinned, and if what he said to Eve had been ELOHIM's words, then he would not have been a father of lies or a liar (I Joh.3:7). everything ELOHIM creates, in its original state is GOOD. ELOHIM created several powerful spirit beings, one of them became a diabolos (Adversary, mischief-maker). If ELOHIM had made him this in the beginning, then he could not have sinned, because he would be doing exactly what ELOHIM had planned for him to do. But if he did evil on his own initiative, and went contrary to ELOHIM's wishes and disobeyed ELOHIM, then he would have sinned. We are told very little about Adversary's beginning rebellion. Common sense would dictate that we not go beyond what is written, many foolish things have been imagined about Adversary, let us not stray far from what ELOHIM has revealed in His Word. The earliest record of SIN is recorded in Gen. 2, and Paul in Romans 5 tells us that "through one man sin entered into the world" (Rom. 5:12). Adversary was there in the guise of a beautiful Serpent, and Scripture does not reveal an earlier sin event. Other scriptures, such as Ezek. 28, Isa. 14, or Job 26:13 are often used as proofs of Adversary's 1st sin, but any honest reader of the text would (in my opinion) have to say that way too much imagination and reading between the lines is required to  see that. This is what leads people astray, refusing to take ELOHIM's plain statements, and looking for answers where they do not exist. So, the solution to this (sin-evil problem) is not in some sort of Calvinist-Fatalistic nightmare in which the only One Who is GOOD, is really not so good after all, and is a "the end justifies the means" Deity (differing little from a manipulating narcissist). No, the solution is that ELOHIM has delegated certain abilities to some of His creatures, and given a certain freedom in areas where they will be judged according to what they have done with these powers and abilities (this is why Libertarian Free Will exists within these creatures—man and celestial beings). These creatures, being such, can at any time have their abilities over-ridden or taken away by ELOHIM, though this is very infrequently done during the course of the eons. ELOHIM reserves this right of His, and will always have the final say and when needed, give the finishing touch. No matter how far they may stray in getting lost, ELOHIM as the Good Shepherd will always find them, and after the necessary disciplining instructs them in righteousness and goodness, they are brought back to the fold (their lesson having been learned never needing to be repeated). ELOHIM did a very difficult thing in giving His creation a great amount of liberty, it proved very costly, for many times ELOHIM was grieved (even to the point of wiping out all but 8 people in a flood) as only a Good and Loving Being could be when His creatures misuse their gifts and become lost, and relinquish some of their power to others. To recover His creation, ELOHIM went the whole way in MESSIAH, to humiliation and even a suffering death on the cross. The consummation results in a universe filled with beings that fully represent and replicate each in turn the ELOHIM Who created them; Good, Loving, Self-sacrificing, Holy, and Righteous.” (Note: article by Rick Farwell; If God Makes You Do It, Then You’re Not Sinning; www.thedifferentiator.net)

[14] The verb "divide" here explains how ELOHIM used the light to dispel the darkness. It did not do away with the darkness completely, but made a separation. The light came alongside the darkness, but they are mutually exclusive — a theme that will be developed in the Evangel of John (cf. Joh.1:5). The idea of separation is critical to this chapter. ELOHIM separated light from darkness, upper water from lower water, day from night, etc. The verb is important to the Law in general. In Leviticus ELOHIM separates or divides between clean and unclean, holy and profane (Lev.10:10; Lev.11:47 and Lev.20:24); in Exodus ELOHIM separates the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies (Exo.26:33). There is a preference for the light over the darkness, just as there will be a preference for the upper waters, the rain water which is conducive to life, over the sea water.

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