17 thoughts on “Bible Version Preference

  1. This is a great question. It’s always good to have a literal translation on hand to help recover some of the original Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic nuances. However, sometimes the literal translations are difficult to follow. I would never recommend a paraphrase as the only Bible one would read. In such cases you might be relying too much on dynamic equivalents that drift from the intention of the authors. My personal preference for a more literal translation is the NASB. I enjoy the ESV for daily use. I grew up with the NIV. Translations that work toward gender inclusive language are also needed and helpful.

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    1. I’m with you Tammy. I know it is harder to read especially in today’s society that wants things quick and easy. KJV makes us slow down and study. I also use NASB for study. I like NKJV. And I’ve used ESV some in my work with children.I’m not a fan of the NIV.

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  2. KJV for me! It may be hard to understand, but that makes you rely on the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you. Newer versions explain it to easily and we don’t have to depend on God for insight. I’ll always use the KJV.

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  3. Isn’t it wonderful to have the choices we do! I preach and teach from the NIV (1984), but will usually look at NASB, NKJV or ESV while studying. When I get the opportunity to give a bible to seeker/non Christian, I give the Message. Thanks for asking, I enjoy reading everyone’s thoughts and preferences.
    Chuck

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  4. Our church uses KJV but it’s just too hard for me to understand. I have the CSB She Reads Truth Bible and it’s my favorite. I go between it and NKJV, but the CSB is my go-to Bible!

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  5. I grew up with KJV and NKJV so much of my memorized verses are from those versions. The past few years I’ve switched to ESV because it’s so much easier to understand and is also a literal translation. I tend to stick with NKJV, NASB, and ESV. I don’t like paraphrased versions at all.

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