Try this activity.
Have some translations available (try to have them without covers or do copies so nobody knows which is which) and have the students (adults or children) do their own comparison study. Let them know the year it was first translated and its textual basis (read the article). Then have them read specific sections and ask the following questions:
- Does one seem more formal or functional than another?
- What is its readability?
- Does it appear to be a word-for-word translation or more of an interpretation?
- Do their intents seems similar or does one seem very different than another?
- Do you get the same meaning from each text?
- Do the words used or does the sentence structure get in the way of understanding meaning?
- Does it appear to be trying so hard to be contemporary that the strength of meaning is lost?
- Do the words chosen make it seem that the Law or Gospel loses importance?
One Bible translation isn't necessarily better or worse than another and it is important that we are able to talk about and discuss everything and anything about our faith openly. The Bible is the LIVING WORD OF GOD and while we may not get everything exactly perfect in translation, we can trust that HE WILL.