The lucid, contemporary style of the New English Bible has been praised and picked on by experts (TIME. March 24). It is satirized in the current issue of Horizon, whose managing editor. William Harlan Hale, gives his version of what the forthcoming translation of the Old Testament might do to the 23rd Psalm:
The Almighty has taken me under his pastoral care; I won't be needy.
He encourages me to relax in unspoiled dairy country;
He steers me to out-of-the-way lakes.
He gives a lift to my spirit.
He leads me into highways of good citizenship so that I may identify...