What is Your Favorite Bible Translation?

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It is a simple enough question one would think. But it can stir up a lot of controversy for some people. So I’ll ask it again, “what is your favorite version of the Bible?” Is it the NIV, NASB, NKJV, ESV, or the dreaded KJV? Lord, please don’t let it be the KJV!

I know I have just alienated a whole section of Christians who are KJV only. I care but I don’t. I care because I wish they would trust the scholars of today who have more to work off of and a better understanding of the things that took place in the past. There are so many better translations than the KJV, in my humble opinion.

Not only do the the’s and thou’s make it difficult to read and comprehend, some of the sentence structure can make it a challenge for the average reader. Personally I read the ESV. It is a well researched translation, please understand I am not saying that is perfect because humans are involved, there is the slightest possibility for human error. I do believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible. So with that said do I think there are errors in the Bible, NO! I don’t believe there are.

I also like the readability of the ESV translation. It is written in a manner which makes it easy to comprehend while maintaining the integrity of the Scriptures. It is what some people would refer to as a literal translation. Which is not really the best way to phrase it. But for the purpose of this post we will use what is common. There are several different ways to translate something. One way is word for word, thought for thought, and phrase for phrase. The last two are very closely related.

The ESV is considered to be a word for word, meaning they tried to stick to the word structure and meanings for each word of the Bible. Thought for thought translations are like the NIV, where they take an idea and come as close to the meaning of an idea. Phrase for phrase is a paraphrase, this is where the translator is likely to take liberty with the words of Scripture in an attempt to make it more accessible to a broader audience, the Message by Eugene Patterson is a good example of paraphrase.

Back to the KJV, it is a good translation by word for word standards. I just personally dislike it because of its archaic language, and I am dyslexic which makes it more challenging to understand. If you like the KJV (I would love to know why) I am still wiling to be friends with you, maybe. (LOL)

Question: What is your favorite Bible Translation and why?

7 Comments

  1. Stand in the Storm (Jennifer)

    For study, ESV or NAS. For explanatory, more relaxed reading, I still tend to prioritize the ESV, but also use the NIV. For memorization, the ESV because I like it to be tied into study.

    A long while ago, I went through a KJV-only phase, but it passed. 😛

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    1. pmhorneadmin (Post author)

      Awesome thanks for your comment! The ESV has an ease to it that I have found and enjoy it. When I first started out I used the NIV and NASB. So I have a ton of Bibles around the house now. Which is not a bad thing.

      I am happy to hear you have been liberated from the KJV. LOL

      God Bless,
      Paul

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  2. jeffpastor1

    Hi Paul, I used KJV when I am preaching especially at the nursing homes, many don’t understand other Bible. Have Life Application Study Bible, NIV, The Net Bible for me study. Great topic. Have a Blessed day. Pastor Jeffrey Carter

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    1. pmhorneadmin (Post author)

      Jeff, Thanks for the comment. I can see why you may use the KJV at a nursing home it is what most older people are used to. Gad you enjoyed the topic. God Bless, Paul

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  3. Marguerite Harrell (@GueriteHarrell)

    I love ESV. In the order of the translations that I love to use are ESV, NASB’77, NASB’95, and NKJV. I sometimes look up NIV’84 and Amplified Translations!

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  4. elvagreen123

    KJV-Because it is familiar. I have the same Bible I got from my mom one Christmas when I was 8.

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    1. pmhorneadmin (Post author)

      Elva, I can understand that reasoning for sticking with the KJV, but do you ever reference any other translations for clarity? Congrats on keeping a Bible for so long! God Bless,
      Paul

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