Verses where 'mere' has been added or removed from the TNIV

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The word 'Mere' occurs 1 times more often in the NIV2011 (37 times) than it does in the TNIV (36 times). The word 'Mere' was removed in 6 verses, and added in 7 verses.

Below you will find all the verses where 'Mere' was added or removed from a verse in the TNIV to make the NIV2011. If the word was moved around (for example if the grammar was changed) in the verse it will not be listed below, this page only lists where words have been added or removed.

Statistics for these verses

OutcomeNum versesPercent
Uses NIV1984 text17.7%
New text in NIV20111292.3%

Please note: The above statistics are compiled at the level of the entire verse text, not the word level.

Verses where Mere was removed

Job 32:13

OutcomeNew text in NIV2011
BHSפֶּן־ תֹּ֣֭אמְרוּ מָצָ֣אנוּ חָכְמָ֑ה אֵ֖ל יִדְּפֶ֣נּוּ לֹא־ אִֽישׁ׃
NIV1984Do not say, 'We have found wisdom; let God refute him, not man.'
TNIVDo not say, 'We have found wisdom; let God refute him, not a mere mortal.'
NIV2011Do not say, 'We have found wisdom; let God, not a man, refute him.'
Compared to NIV1984Do not say, 'We have found wisdom; let God refute him, not a man, refute him.'
Compared to TNIVDo not say, 'We have found wisdom; let God refute him, not a mereman, refute mortalhim.'

Psalms 8:4

OutcomeNew text in NIV2011
BHSכִּֽי־ אֶרְאֶ֣ה שָׁ֭מֶיךָ מַעֲשֵׂ֣י אֶצְבְּעֹתֶ֑יךָ יָרֵ֥חַ וְ֝כוֹכָבִ֗ים אֲשֶׁ֣ר כּוֹנָֽנְתָּה׃
NIV1984what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
TNIVwhat are mere mortals that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
NIV2011what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
Compared to NIV1984what is manmankind that you are mindful of himthem, thehuman sonbeings of man that you care for himthem?
Compared to TNIVwhat areis mere mortalsmankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

Psalms 56:11

OutcomeNew text in NIV2011
BHSבֵּֽ֭אלֹהִים אֲהַלֵּ֣ל דָּבָ֑ר בַּ֝יהוָ֗ה אֲהַלֵּ֥ל דָּבָֽר׃
NIV1984in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
TNIVin God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere human beings do to me?
NIV2011in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?
Compared to NIV1984in God I trust; I willand notam benot afraid. What can man do to me?
Compared to TNIVin God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere human beingsman do to me?

Acts 12:22

OutcomeUses NIV1984 text
SBLGNTὁ δὲ δῆμος ἐπεφώνει· ⸂Θεοῦ φωνὴ⸃ καὶ οὐκ ἀνθρώπου.
SBLGNT apparatusΘεοῦ φωνὴ WH Treg NIV ] Φωνὴ θεοῦ RP
NIV1984They shouted, "This is the voice of a god, not of a man."
TNIVThey shouted, "This is the voice of a god, not of a mere mortal."
NIV2011They shouted, "This is the voice of a god, not of a man."
Compared to NIV1984They shouted, "This is the voice of a god, not of a man."
Compared to TNIVThey shouted, "This is the voice of a god, not of a mere mortalman."

Romans 9:20

OutcomeNew text in NIV2011
SBLGNT⸂ὦ ἄνθρωπε, μενοῦνγε⸃ σὺ τίς εἶ ὁ ἀνταποκρινόμενος τῷ θεῷ; μὴ ἐρεῖ τὸ πλάσμα τῷ πλάσαντι Τί με ἐποίησας οὕτως;
SBLGNT apparatusὦ ἄνθρωπε μενοῦνγε WH Treg NIV ] Μενοῦνγε ὦ ἄνθρωπε RP
NIV1984But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"
TNIVBut who are you, a mere human being, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"
NIV2011But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"
Compared to NIV1984But who are you, Oa manhuman being, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to himthe one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"
Compared to TNIVBut who are you, a mere human being, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"

Hebrews 2:6

OutcomeNew text in NIV2011
SBLGNTδιεμαρτύρατο δέ πού τις λέγων· Τί ἐστιν ἄνθρωπος ὅτι μιμνῄσκῃ αὐτοῦ, ἢ υἱὸς ἀνθρώπου ὅτι ἐπισκέπτῃ αὐτόν;
NIV1984But there is a place where someone has testified: "What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
TNIVBut there is a place where someone has testified: "What are mere mortals that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
NIV2011But there is a place where someone has testified: "What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him?
Compared to NIV1984But there is a place where someone has testified: "What is manmankind that you are mindful of himthem, thea son of man that you care for him?
Compared to TNIVBut there is a place where someone has testified: "What areis meremankind mortals that you are mindful of them, humana beingsson of man that you care for themhim?

Verses where Mere was added

2 Samuel 7:19

OutcomeNew text in NIV2011
BHSוַתִּקְטַן֩ ע֨וֹד זֹ֤את בְּעֵינֶ֙יךָ֙ אֲדֹנָ֣י יְהוִ֔ה וַתְּדַבֵּ֛ר גַּ֥ם אֶל־ בֵּֽית־ עַבְדְּךָ֖ לְמֵֽרָח֑וֹק וְזֹ֛את תּוֹרַ֥ת הָאָדָ֖ם אֲדֹנָ֥י יְהוִֽה׃
NIV1984And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign LORD?
TNIVAnd as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant--and this decree, Sovereign LORD, is for a human being!
NIV2011And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant--and this decree, Sovereign LORD, is for a mere human!
Compared to NIV1984And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is--and this yourdecree, Sovereign usualLORD, is wayfor ofa dealingmere with man, O Sovereign LORD?human!
Compared to TNIVAnd as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant--and this decree, Sovereign LORD, is for a humanmere beinghuman!

Psalms 118:6

OutcomeNew text in NIV2011
BHSיְהוָ֣ה לִ֭י לֹ֣א אִירָ֑א מַה־ יַּעֲשֶׂ֖ה לִ֣י אָדָֽם׃
NIV1984The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
TNIVThe LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can human beings do to me?
NIV2011The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Compared to NIV1984The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can manmere mortals do to me?
Compared to TNIVThe LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can humanmere beingsmortals do to me?

Isaiah 2:22

OutcomeNew text in NIV2011
BHSחִדְל֤וּ לָכֶם֙ מִן־ הָ֣אָדָ֔ם אֲשֶׁ֥ר נְשָׁמָ֖ה בְּאַפּ֑וֹ כִּֽי־ בַמֶּ֥ה נֶחְשָׁ֖ב הֽוּא׃
NIV1984Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?
TNIVStop trusting in human beings, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?
NIV2011Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?
Compared to NIV1984Stop trusting in manmere humans, who hashave but a breath in histheir nostrils. OfWhy whathold accountthem isin heesteem?
Compared to TNIVStop trusting in humanmere beingshumans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?

Isaiah 31:3

OutcomeNew text in NIV2011
BHSס וּמִצְרַ֤יִם אָדָם֙ וְֽלֹא־ אֵ֔ל וְסוּסֵיהֶ֥ם בָּשָׂ֖ר וְלֹא־ ר֑וּחַ וַֽיהוָ֞ה יַטֶּ֣ה יָד֗וֹ וְכָשַׁ֤ל עוֹזֵר֙ וְנָפַ֣ל עָזֻ֔ר וְיַחְדָּ֖ו כֻּלָּ֥ם יִכְלָיֽוּן׃
NIV1984But the Egyptians are men and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out his hand, he who helps will stumble, he who is helped will fall; both will perish together.
TNIVBut the Egyptians are mortals and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out his hand, those who help will stumble, those who are helped will fall; all will perish together.
NIV2011But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out his hand, those who help will stumble, those who are helped will fall; all will perish together.
Compared to NIV1984But the Egyptians are menmere mortals and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out his hand, hethose who helpshelp will stumble, hethose who isare helped will fall; bothall will perish together.
Compared to TNIVBut the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out his hand, those who help will stumble, those who are helped will fall; all will perish together.

Jeremiah 17:5

OutcomeNew text in NIV2011
BHSכֹּ֣ה ׀ אָמַ֣ר יְהוָ֗ה אָר֤וּר הַגֶּ֙בֶר֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר יִבְטַ֣ח בָּֽאָדָ֔ם וְשָׂ֥ם בָּשָׂ֖ר זְרֹע֑וֹ וּמִן־ יְהוָ֖ה יָס֥וּר לִבּֽוֹ׃
NIV1984This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
TNIVThis is what the LORD says: "Cursed are those who trust in mortals, who depend on flesh for their strength and whose hearts turn away from the LORD.
NIV2011This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
Compared to NIV1984This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who dependsdraws onstrength fleshfrom formere his strengthflesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
Compared to TNIVThis is what the LORD says: "Cursed areis thosethe one who trusttrusts in mortalsman, who dependdraws onstrength fleshfrom formere theirflesh strength and whose heartsheart turnturns away from the LORD.

Ezekiel 28:2

OutcomeNew text in NIV2011
BHSבֶּן־ אָדָ֡ם אֱמֹר֩ לִנְגִ֨יד צֹ֜ר כֹּֽה־ אָמַ֣ר ׀ אֲדֹנָ֣י יְהֹוִ֗ה יַ֣עַן גָּבַ֤הּ לִבְּךָ֙ וַתֹּ֙אמֶר֙ אֵ֣ל אָ֔נִי מוֹשַׁ֧ב אֱלֹהִ֛ים יָשַׁ֖בְתִּי בְּלֵ֣ב יַמִּ֑ים וְאַתָּ֤ה אָדָם֙ וְֽלֹא־ אֵ֔ל וַתִּתֵּ֥ן לִבְּךָ֖ כְּלֵ֥ב אֱלֹהִֽים׃
NIV1984"Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'In the pride of your heart you say, "I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas." But you are a man and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.
TNIV"Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'In the pride of your heart you say, "I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas." But you are a mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.
NIV2011"Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'In the pride of your heart you say, "I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas." But you are a mere mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.
Compared to NIV1984"Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'In the pride of your heart you say, "I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas." But you are a manmere mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.
Compared to TNIV"Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'In the pride of your heart you say, "I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas." But you are a mere mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.

Hebrews 13:6

OutcomeNew text in NIV2011
SBLGNTὥστε θαρροῦντας ἡμᾶς λέγειν· Κύριος ἐμοὶ βοηθός, ⸀οὐ φοβηθήσομαι· τί ποιήσει μοι ἄνθρωπος;
SBLGNT apparatusοὐ WH ] καὶ οὐ Treg NIV RP
NIV1984So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
TNIVSo we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can human beings do to me?"
NIV2011So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?"
Compared to NIV1984So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can manmere mortals do to me?"
Compared to TNIVSo we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can humanmere beingsmortals do to me?"


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