God planned long ago to choose you by making you his holy people, which is the Spirit’s work. God wanted you to obey him and to be made clean by the blood of the death of Jesus Christ. Grace and peace be yours more and more. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In God’s great mercy he has caused us to be born again into a living hope, because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. - 1 Peter 1:2-3 NCV
I like the way the New Century Version (NCV) expounds the thoughts into modern English and brings new light to me on even some of the most overlooked of verses such as Peter's greeting here at the start of his letters. While I don't recommend this English translation as a primary study Bible, because it's dynamic translation method is leans a bit too far off the literal and becomes more of a paraphrase than a translation, in association with a good more literal translation like the ESV, NKJV, or NASB it works very nicely to help me see truths spoken that I may have for years simply skimmed over. This is one. Just look at the way it was written compared to the ESV, which is more literal.
1 Peter 1:2-3 ESV
"according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,"
What the NCV has done is reduce down more complex Biblical terms like Foreknowledge of God, and Sanctification of the Spirit, and translated them into everday English at a more elementary level. "Dumbed it down" to a 5th grade reading level .I think the New Living Bible does likewise. But don't take offense at that, even for us more educated or well read, if still is useful if you will be humble. Yes it is more accurate and correct to use the terms of the ESV, but if a translation is using words and terms that have little common day usage, then the meanings often escape us, unless we sit down and take the time to dissect them ourselves. So for everyday casual reading and even in Bible study it can be a very helpful thing to read a "dumbed down" version of English translation which uses less of the "big" words so that we don't miss the message being conveyed. But in study, do this with both a more dynamic dumbed down version and a more literal and accurate version. After all, no translation is perfect, and the point is for us to get the truths of what God wants us to know and apply to our lives. We shouldn't let pride get in our way to not use a Good News Bible or New Century Version or New Living or BBE, just because we are more educated and a 5 th grade reading level is beneath us. Sometimes the simpler things speak louder than the complex. Buy yourself a simpler every day version of the Bible also. Use multiple translations, and where you may see discrepancies of thought in a translation over a more accurate one, go online and look up a interlinear Lexicon like http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/Greek_Index.htm that shows you the original Greek words, transliterations and English meanings. This makes for great and fun Bible study, and along the way you gain deeper knowledge of Gods truths and more clarirty of his will and purpose for your daily life. In conclusion, we who read and speak English are so immensely blessed to have so many great translations and paraphrases of the Bible from which to choose and read. And today all you need is a smartphone and YouVersion Bible app to cross study various translations with no extra cost. But if able, buy a couple different translations of print versions also. There's still nothing like reading and studying your Bible in paper print media and it never requires battery power and is not as complex to highlight or make margin notes. :)
Bible study should be the delight of every true Christians soul. Sweeter than honey on our lips. Let us utilize all our vast blessings to be children who really know our Heavenly Father and Jesus our Savior, through his Spirit inspired Word.