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My Mom is a new Christian and says she has trouble reading and understanding her KJV bible. She has asked if there is a bible that is easier to understand (more layman terms). I wasn't sure how to answer being a newer Christian myself. Any words of wisdom from the more mature Christians out there?

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NASB 95 updated version is my alternate, but I still prefer the KJV for the Gothic flavor.
---Pharisee on 12/7/07

It would probably be helpful for her to visit a Christian bookshop and ask their advice. They will have many different modern translations. The easiest one that I know is The Living Bible. It is a paraphrase but good. I don't think that paraphrased bibles are meant to be used permanently but as an introduction for those like your mom who finds the others difficult.
---m.p.a. on 5/17/07

If you are studying to deepen your knowledge but you don't understand the orginal languages then it's best to have a Word for Word and a thought for thought translation.
---Jared on 11/30/06

After much research, I chose the New King James Version. Like others I refer to the KJV as well as interlinear translations in study. As a simple comparison read John 1:1 & John 3:16 in different versions. Some differences will down right scare you. Remember, what one starts off with is what they tend to use most in the future. The closer to the original, the better. Books like "The Message" are way out in paraphrase land. Many Christian book stores have comparison lists (as does the internet).
---mikefl on 11/30/06

#1Debbie, according to many here the only true way to study the bible is to learn Hebrew & Greek, there is some validity to their claim. I personally enjoy the NASB. The best thing to do is begin developing a library of various translations & versions along with conordences & commentaries.
---Ryan on 11/30/06

#2Debbie, One of my favorite ways to study is with repetitive reading. Pick a book like "The Gospel according to John" and read it every day of the week or for two weeks.Really absorb the material and feast on as much of God's Word as you can. MY PEOPLE PERISH FOR A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE.
---Ryan on 11/30/06

I find the New King James Bible to be the best for me. The New Living Translation is easy to read. You must both be under Biblical teaching also which will help you to understand the Word. Make sure they are preaching the Cross of Christ.
---Helen_5378 on 11/28/06

As a pastor I have found that the New living Translation (the translation not the paraphrase) and the Amplified are good for the newer christians. Because they are more thought for thought instead of Word for word in their translation style. NIV is a good one which is moving more to the Word for Word. NKJV, KJV, NASB, NRSV, ESV are mostly word for word translations (which are good but simetimes they are harder to understand)
---Jared on 11/28/06

While I personally prefer the New KJV for many reasons--not the least of which the NT is based on the Received Text, same as KJV of 1611 and subsequent revisions, the NASV is basically identical. While it's translated from the Alexandrian/Critical text, the differences are given in notes.
---Jack on 11/28/06

The KJV version is not the only bible out there. That is what I read. but if there is a passage I don't quite understand, I use another bible or I use a reference, to help me understand the bible better. She won't understand the word if she don't read "A" bible.
---Rebecca_D on 11/28/06

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