Bible Versions

The Following Bible Versions are made use of in this Blog (any not listed here will be properly identified by the author in keeping with abbreviations used at Bible Gateway):

King James Version (KJV)

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

New Living Translation (NLT)

The Living Bible (TLB)

New International Version (NIV)

English Standard Version (ESV)

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The New King James Version (NKJV)

New English Translation (NET)

New English Translation, 2nd Edition (NET2)

The subject of Bible translations is one that can be the subject of much disagreement in the family of God. I am sure that most readers are thinking that I am stating the obvious, which is true. Most people who are serious students of the Bible have been engaged in some sort of discussion with others who have opposing viewpoints as to which translation is best. Some are King James-only, some prefer other literal translations and many like something more dynamic in nature. Still others are solidly in the paraphrase crowd. I am in the camp that says that the version you pick up and read is best (save for a few ridiculous translations that have altered the text to fit some twisted theological agenda). We are blessed to live in a country where we have access to so many translations. Some times when studying it is good to refer to different texts to have a better understanding of the thought that is being conveyed. Of course, the best commentary that can be offered is that of the Holy Spirit. Who better to explain the text than the Author?

Suggestions for study: pick at least one literal translation and, if possible, one widely accepted dynamic (such as the NIV or NLT). I have favorites such as the Holman Christian Standard Bible. While it is out of print now in favor of its descendant, the CSB, it is still readily available from retailers at some pretty awesome bargain prices. You will also find about every translation you will need to use in the YouVersion apps for either Android or iOS. Also check out biblegateway.com.

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