The YOUs are Y’ALLs

The YOUs are Y’ALLs

The YOUs are Y’ALLs 150 150 Andrew Hicks

I recently discovered a resource by John Dyer. Dyer is an interesting person I discovered from a previous resource that I have referenced before, the Bible Reading Plan Generator. Dyer is a coder and Bible scholar. He teaches at Dallas Theological Seminary. Here is Dyer’s website.

This new resource at first may sound silly, but upon consideration is a great idea. It is the Y’all Version Bible program. The program allows you to use several typical English translations, but with a special twist. The twist is that the plural “you” is translated as “Y’all.” You can also change the settings to use different regional dialects of English. For southerners like me you will prefer “y’all” and equivalents. For northerners it can be changed to “you guys” and equivalents.

The English translations available are: Amplified Bible (AMP), American Standard Version (ASV), English Standard Version (ESV), King James Version (KJV), New American Standard Bible (NASB), New English Translation (NET), World English Bible (WEB), and Young’s Literal Translation (YTL).

I am excited to experiment with using this translation in my own study. Many of the YOUs in scripture are actually Y’ALLs. That is, they are plurals. This is important to remember in Western culture because we can tend to be very individualistic. Give it a look and comment below what you think!

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