Here I got this comment :

I've really grown to like how the NLT can help in understanding the original meaning behind a verse. I still like to hold it up against literal translations (as you did) and interlinear bibles, though.

As far as I can understand, the person there says that he really likes NLT version of the Bible, but I am a bit not clear about the latter part of his comment - "I still like to hold it up against literal translations".

Does he like literal translations more than NLT or he still prefers NLT more than literal translations?

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I think he meant

"hold it against" as in "hold it next to" to cross-check both NLT and the other translations.

He likes to refer to both NLT and other versions.

Here against does not mean "opposing" which is what leads to the confusion I think


It sounds to me as if he likes to compare it with other versions.

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