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What Bible Version Is Best

I'm sure this question has been asked many times, but what version of the Bible are you currently reading now?

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I interuse NIV, the KJV and NKJV all three quite adequate rtranslations, i totally abhor the NRSV, it really hides divine ideas at times. what oi like to burn is the NWtranslation of the Yehowaha witnesses. since they altered too much of trheir bible.
---Andy on 4/15/09

In my opinion, the "King James" is the most accurate, using the best texts. Its' translators were both faithful, and were less subject to a hidden agenda than many modern translators. Probably, there are some importations from other bible verses in some places, but none that modify its' meaning. You need to take time to learn new (or old) meanings to some words. But afterwards, it is still the easiest to read, and requires a lower comprehension level than most other versions. Also, I use the Spanish 1909 Reina-Valera Bible.

---Glenn on 4/14/09

I am currently reading the Amplified Bible. Every year I attempt to read a different version. For detailed study, I use the NET Bible as it has over 58,000 footnotes, but I use the ESV the most in dialoguing with others.
---lee on 5/22/08

Steveng ... Do you discount what the writers of your technical manuals say?
---alan_of_UK on 7/29/07

For the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) I highly recommend 'The Jewish Study Bible,' published by the Jewish Publication Society of America.
---JohnS on 7/14/07

Ktisophilos: "...Alan_UK has read and StevenG hasn't..."

You are judging me before you know me. To shed some light, I read everything from front to back cover of all books - including the copyright page, the table of contents, the index, the acknowledgements and, unlike most people, I read the preface and introduction. Gosh, I even read junk mail. Why? Because I am a writer. I'm presenty working as a technical writer for an avionics company, writing repair manuals for aircraft avionics.
---Steveng on 7/13/07

The KJV translators were NOT KJV-only! In their translators' preface (which Alan_UK has read and StevenG hasn't), they say:

Therefore as S. Augustine saith, that variety of Translations is profitable for the finding out of the sense of the Scriptures: so diversity of signification and sense in the margin, where the text is not so clear, must needs do good, yea, is necessary, as we are persuaded (emphasis added).
---Ktisophilos on 7/13/07

It's ironic for Americans to advocate a Bible commissioned by a king. And not just any king, but the king from whome the Pilgrim Fathers were fleeing!

Why not instead advocate the Geneva Bible, the Bible of the Pilgrim Fathers, Shakespeare and the KJV translators themselves in their preface! This was the first to use chapter and verse numbers, and it removed the Apocrypha unlike the REAL KJV-1611.
---Ktisophilos on 7/13/07

It's ironic for Americans to advocate a Bible commissioned by a king. And not just any king, but the king from whome the Pilgrim Fathers were fleeing!

Why not instead advocate the Geneva Bible, the Bible of the Pilgrim Fathers, Shakespeare and the KJV translators themselves in their preface! This was the first to use chapter and verse numbers, and it removed the Apocrypha unlike the REAL KJV-1611.
---Ktisophilos on 7/13/07

NKJV(The New King James Version) is my favorite but I am reading KJV(King James Version), right now and the TLB(The Living Bible) which makes for great reading but not good for study. Not indepth enough(TLB). When it comes to study and memorization I think the KJV and the NIV are great for that. There are others also.
---Robyn on 7/13/07

StevenG, Alan_UK makes a strong point that the KJV translators never claimed inspiration. Indeed, they explicitly disclaimed inspiration!

What's more, they used many of the things that many KJVOs rail against, such as defend the Septuagint, use marginal notes to point out variant texts and differentiate between original manuscripts and translations.

Check for yourself with a REAL 1611 KJV, not the Blayney Revision of 1768 that most of today's KJVs are.
---Ktisophilos on 7/13/07

I like the CJB (Complete Jewish Bible, although I study from others. A problem with the KJV can be found in Acts 9:5(b), Rav Sha'ul heard a voice, " is hard for thee to kick against the pricks". The problem is that "pricks" doesn't show up in the earlier manuscripts. A Scribe made a note to himself that it was hard to kick against the pricks and it got added. It is a good thought, Scriptural in its basis, but it is not part of the Word of God,
---Rabbi_Dean on 7/13/07

I think it depends on what you're reading. Sometimes I'll read a passage using different translations. I prefer the NRSV. But I'm starting to get accustomed to the NIV. I also like the Message because it's easy to read.
---Katie on 7/13/07

alan_of_UK: "Do they make any claim of inspiration?"

I'm sure you know what God is and maybe know a little about Him, but you sure do deny his power. The translaters may have denied inspiration, but God does move in mysterious ways. Read the Bible and find instances where God moved unbelievers into action.
---Steveng on 7/12/07

Have you read the translators preface?
Do they make any claim of inspiration?
The language into which they translated the Bible is not the same as the one that is now "very popular", and some words meanings are now very different, or even opposite, so your suggestion falls down.
---alan_of_UK on 7/12/07

alan_of_UK: "Steveng ... Even the trnslators of the Authorised Version (which you know as the KLV) did not claim to be inspired. It is only a translation!"

Do you know that for sure? Absolutely sure? How do you know that God didn't motivated these people to translate the Scriptures knowing full well that at the end times English will be a very popular language?
---Steveng on 7/11/07

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Steveng ... Even the trnslators of the Authorised Version (which you know as the KLV) did not claim to be inspired.
It is only a translation!
---alan_of_UK on 7/11/07

alan_of_UK: So you read wiki, eh?
---Steveng on 7/9/07

leland: "God's Word written on our hearts is the best version."

That's a good thought. Unfortunately, man's heart has been hardened for over four thousand years and man cannot reach the depths of our hearts. That's why God gave us the law on tablets and the reason for the Bible so that it is written down. This is especially true today where most Christians heart's are harder than diamonds.
---Steveng on 7/9/07

KJV is the most accurate by far. Prayerfully read it and you'll be fine.
---Matt_Splatt on 7/9/07

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alan_of_UK: It was impossible to use the one-word "you" in the 1611 KJV so the translators desired a more accurate, word-for-word translation of the Hebrew and Greek text. Therefore, using "thee", "thou", "ye", was far more accurate than using "you." Also, the word "ye" was last used in the 13th century and yet the translaters used the word 400 years later in the 17th century. Accuracy was very important or was it the Spirit of God moving them?
---Steveng on 7/9/07

It's hard to say which is best - I can tell you to steer clear of heavilly interpretive translations like "The Message". I usually say use the KJV for a word-for-word translation, and the NASB for a contextual translation, but for linear reading I think the NIV or NKJV are fine.
---Jeff on 7/9/07

God's Word written on our hearts is the best version.
---leland on 7/9/07

r.w., how do you know that the words in the KJV were not added. That is in line with "expansion of piety" in the

Why shouldn't Satan be called the "morning star" in a mocking of his pretensions. He is also called the "god of this world". Revelation reveals that Jesus is the true morning star, so Satan is revealed as the counterfeit.
---Ktisophilos on 7/9/07

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Steveng ... The words "thee, thou and ye" were not in the original manuscripts.
They were the words the Englsih translators used when they translated the Bible into the common educated language of 17th century Britain.
That language is no longer commonly used.
---alan_of_UK on 7/9/07

The KJV is the closest to the scrolls in meaning. Even the NKJV (which makes over 100,000 word changes) is full of errors including: the removal "thee, thou and ye" (something about the word "you" being both singular and plural), removes the word "hell," "repent," "devils," replaces the words "virtue" with "power," "comforter" with "helper" (pertaining to the Holy Spirit), I could go on, but you get the point.
---Steveng on 7/8/07

The English Standard Version (ESV) is about the best one can find. It is an exact translation and totally trustworthy.
---lee on 7/8/07

It is not our abilites in comprehension that fills us with Gods Word but the Holy Spirit. I can read any translation and receive revelation from the Spirit because I read with faith in the Holy Spirits ability to illuminate my understanding. So my favorite translation is the Holy Spirits translation that is revealed to me when I read any translation with faith that its him teaching me and not the man or women who translated the ancient text.
---Marcia on 7/8/07

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steve/curt, did you ever finish your own version of the Bible? That was quite an undertaking for an over achiever.
---Bob on 7/8/07

There are bibles and bibles and bibles, but then there is the "HOLY Bible". The 1560 Geneva Bible is the best English Bible, not always easy to find and therefore the 1611 KJV comes in second best. When you understand that the first Bible translators wanted to preserve God's literal words, then you can appreciate their perfectionistic and meticulous translations.
---Eloy on 7/8/07

There are bibles and bibles and bibles, but then there is the "HOLY Bible". The 1560 Geneva Bible is the best English Bible, not always easy to find and therefore the 1611 KJV comes in second best. When you understand that the first Bible translators wanted to preserve God's literal words, then you can appreciate their perfectionistic and meticulous translations.
---Eloy on 7/8/07

N.I.V. and N.A.S.B.
---M.P. on 7/8/07

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Steve ... I thought it was your brother who was doing that. Have you taken over from him?
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/5/06

, the new living translation is excellent. but i am writing my own translation to get the most accurate meaning of every verse.
---steve on 8/31/06

the KJB is the first that was in real english. the previous Bibles are good too, but you cant read the early ones. The Great thing about the KJB is that it uses anglo-saxon words. mostly one and two syllable words. and less words per sentence. perversions use mostly latinized words. KJB-5th grade reading level what's so hard to understand about that?
---r.w. on 6/5/06

The King James comes from what's known as the Textus Receptus, or the received text. This is the Greek that history has agreed is the CORRECT Greek. the other perversions come from different sources, namely vaticanus and sinaticus, catholic sources. where are the errors in the KJB?
---r.w. on 6/5/06

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r.w. - the KJV has a different document source than does most modern versions and there are certainly translation errors in the KJV.

To believe that the KJV is the word of God only and that other versions are not, basically denies that the Bible written in other languages is the Word of God and that the word of God did not exist until 1611.
---lee on 6/4/06

King James isthe preserved word of God. nkjv removes blood 23x,repent44x, heaven 50x,hell22x Lord66x,and God51x.Isa 9:3 kjb not increased the joy nkjv increased the joy Matt6niv removes end of Lord's prayer many remove fasting 1John 5:7 Father,Word,Holy Ghost-removed in most perversions.Isa 7:14Jesus will be born of a VIRGIN,not ofa woman Isa14:12 Lucifer is the son of the morning Others call Lucifer the Star of the morning or morning star.this cant be Rev22:16Jesus is the Morning star
---r.w. on 6/4/06

for years I bought different Bibles after I gave my mom her Large Bible back, I love the king James, but since found The New English Bible (1961) and now I cant put it down it's great in fact I find it to be the best for originality.
---Carla5457 on 5/6/06

Of all the versions that I have read over the years, I feel one of the best if not the very best is the English Standard Version. It reads much like the KJV but the language is modern, not Shakepearean.
---lee on 3/15/06

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, living out your faith is the best version there is. the only Bible most people read is... You.
---steve on 1/12/06

Elder, I like the way you think. That's exactly what I meant. I wanted to see if anyone was listening so to speak. I like mayo but some like miracle whip.
---J on 1/8/06

In Our Daily Bread for January 6 ... 4 ministers were discussing their favorite Bible translations. First, second and third told their favorites. The fouth minister said his mother's translation was best. The others said they didn't know his mom had translated a Bible. "Yes," he replied. "She translated it into life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw."
---Nellah on 1/8/06

LOL, Ya'll are crazy! :)

I read the NIV for a long time, because it was easier to understand. Then I started noticing a lot of relevant parts seemed to be left out- not good. I still use it on occasion if I'm studying, but I do like the New KJV. Also, The Message is awesome, but not really adequate by itself- it's more like the Living Bible commentary. Also, it's kinda hard to follow 'cause the verses aren't numbered!
---Molly on 1/7/06

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I just love BLT, especially if the tomatoes are not squishy.
---Elder on 1/7/06

I read the KJV, NKJV, and the NIV. Tonight it's gonna be the BLT.
---J on 1/7/06

, i love the NLT, NCV, CEV, TNIV, NASB.
---steve on 1/7/06

Bob, my efforts to write a new translation was based on people telling me they didn't understand parts of the Bible, and on many who claimed to understand it, but their words showed that they really didn't. Don't worry, I have given up on it.
---steve on 1/5/06

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Cana...the problem is a few Christians will debate what is the best version until Jesus returns. Some are so convinced KJV is the only even through it is a tranlastion from another tranlsation but put in English. Just read the Bible God puts on your heart! If God say NIV...amen...if NKJV..amen.
---rm8356 on 1/5/06

Hold on, wait a minute here, Phil boy! How many versions do you read? Your a regular liturgical, literary library there pal. You must be very pale and white, because you can't have enough time to get out in the sun! Next time I have a need to know how many pimples Joseph's 11th brother had, I'll come to you. Have you read Fred's new version?
---J on 1/2/06

I use a number of translations: ESV, RSV, NRSV, ASV, NASV, NIV, NJV, William Barclay's NT, J P Phillip's NT, the Greek, Apostolic Bible, Greek UBS4 with Meltzer's commentary. The Interlinear NIV Hebrew-English Old Testament by John R Kohenburger III, On software The New Greek-English Interlinear New Testament by Robert K. Brown and Phillip W. Comfort.

All of Deuterocanonical" books, a reasonable set of English translations of Pseudepigrapha and Apocalyptic Literature from 300 BCE 300 CE
---Phil_the_Elder on 1/1/06

I have been led towards the King James Version, myself. There was a guy on these blogs a few months ago, (your not gonna believe this) that wanted to write his own version of the Bible. Can you imagine a "Fred's version"? Hold everything! This is very dangerous ground! He said he wanted to make the Bible easier for people to understand. I don't know about him but the Word has a life of it's own and speaks to me just fine.
---Bob on 1/1/06

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Alan, I have been reading all the responses. He did not do as you say. You just took it as offensive.
---Julie on 1/1/06

Dan, Thanks, and Happy New Year to you too.
---Eloy on 1/1/06

The KJV is without a doubt the only bible that is true and living. The so called greek that these other bibles come from is not the same greek the KJV came from. There are many errors in other perversions, but not the KJV.
---Rev_Herb on 1/1/06

I could brag that I read a different version every year and have done so for the past 15 years but knowledge of scripture is not necessarily a measure of spirituality. "... we know that 'all of us possess knowledge' This knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 1 Cor 8:1
---lee on 1/1/06

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Dan ... you say "Never say shame on a child of God!"
Well, why have you done just that about Eloy? Please follow your own rules.
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/1/06

Eloy, Happy New year!
---Dan on 1/1/06

dan, i am not offended, for i am well accustomed to persons like you who use God for an excuse to be carnal towards others. May i suggest to you dan that whenever you feel the impulse to be demeaning towards another, to first take a breath and then ask the Lord if you are in the Spirit and how you ought to reply. Remember the golden rule: Say and do to others, exactly what you want others to say and do to you.
---Eloy on 12/31/05

It depends on what I am doing, working with kids I use my Children's Ministry Bible which is NKJ, for devotions I use my CEV, which I love, it's probably my favorite, it's called King and the Beast, it has some really good notes in it too.
---bethie on 12/31/05

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Barbara, Never say shame on a child of God! I know what I'm talking about here. I know your friends with him. He's nice to you and your nice to him, but the good Lord gave me a gift of discernment and sometimes it get's me into trouble. Yes, I can tell what a persons heart is like most of the time. If I can't than God chooses not to reveal it to me. Some avoid me because of my accuracy. There are wolves in sheeps clothing in our churches. It's not easy sometimes with this gift. It's true! No offence.
---Dan on 12/31/05

The best one is one you personally can understand, but that question was not asked. I personally use NIV more than anything although I have 7 different versions that I use for comparison now and then.
---emg on 12/31/05

I only ask what versions your were reading, I didn't mean to cause a fuss. Please, encourage each other and build each other up and not judge. Have a Happy New Year.
---Cana on 12/31/05

You asked what bible he read Dan, and he told you.
Shame on you for making what turned out to be an unchristian snide remark. You don't know his heart.
---NVBarbara on 12/31/05

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This is not a bashing thread here. So let's just stick with the question okay? I read the KJV, Tompson chain letter.
---Rebecca_D on 12/30/05

No offence to you Barbara, it just sounds like he's bragging. Maybe theres a reason, he doesn't have a church. Things aren't always what they seem to be. This may get some angry but I have to say it. I can tell something in the Spirit, but Eloy is not ready to have a church. God may be trying to tell you something Eloy.
---Dan on 12/30/05

I read the Amplified version when i post here, but also read the American Standered version as well.& also the kjv
---candice on 12/30/05

Eloy is a Bible scholor Dan, he studied his way through college and still continues his studies. He tranlates and right now sadly is a pastor/teacher without a church.
We appreciate him here, please keep him in your prayers.
---NVBarbara on 12/30/05

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The New American Standard Bible is my favorite. For Christmas I received the Holman Bible on disc - which I understand is better than The New American Standard Bible, but I've only started reading it. (But, it "looks" good.)
---WIVV on 12/30/05

Eloy, we are so impressed with you reading all those versions! You must be a bible scholar or something! Maybe we'll come to you for all the answers. I'll stick to todays KJV.
---Dan on 12/30/05

I am currently reading the New Living Translation. For studying, I mostly use the Amplified, NIV, NKJV and NLT.
---DoryLory on 12/30/05

i use the Aleppo Codex, the Constantinopolitan MSS, Wyclif's 1380, Tyndale's 1534, Geneva's 1560, King Jame's 1611, and the Aramaic Peshitta. i favor the 1560 Geneva Version moreso over the KJV, but i use the KJV frequently when quoting here at blog.
---Eloy on 12/30/05

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KJV.Although recently I ve found Amplified very useful too.
---pkay on 12/30/05

I currently use the NIV. But I would hesitate to say it was the best version, indeed I would not say any version was the best. It is a pity the title given to the question was not the one that was actually asked.
---alan8869_of_UK on 12/30/05

N.I.V. and N.A.S.B also.
---Madison on 12/30/05

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