How to Choose the Right Bible
Many Versions of the Bible Available
With so many versions of the Bible available, there is no wonder some people are confused about which Bible to choose. Reading the Bible can be a pleasant experience when people read and study from a Bible they can understand.
With so many Bibles on the market, use these two tests to help you decide.
- Look at familiar passages such as the 23rd Psalm or The Lord's Prayer to see if you can understand them.
- Check to see if there are marginal notes to help you understand the verses.
The King James Version (KJV)
If you are like me, you grew up learning scriptures from the only Bible that was available at the time. Stores carried limited versions of the Bible, but one could always purchase the King James Version (KJV). However, today there are hundreds of versions and styles to choose from.
Older people and some pastors still favor the King James Version mainly because of this inscription on the very first page: Authorized Bible. King James had nothing to do with the writing of the Bible or the inspired words of God. He was king at the time of the first printing in 1611, and he authorized the printing.
My Bible of Choice
Even though I grew up on learning scriptures from the King James Version of the Bible, today my Bible of choice is the New International Version (NIV). The NIV comes in several different editions; however, the Quest Study Bible is the one I favor. It is easy to read and understand with a brief commentary next to the scripture. The commentary might explain a key word or a custom that the reader would not otherwise know.
Admittedly, the King James Version of the Bible has a beautiful language, but for serious studying, the New International Version has my vote. Spend a considerable amount of time in a Bible bookstore and choose a Bible you can understand.
Whatever Bible you choose, remember to read it daily.
When I was a child, my mother instructed all ten of her children to read something from the Bible every day. She said she didn't care what we read as long as we read something.
I was living in Brooklyn, New York after I graduated from high school. I worked at Macy's Department Store on 34th Street in Manhattan. One morning I had walked seven of the ten blocks to the subway when I remembered the instructions my mother had given me. I turned around, walked the seven blocks back home, read a scripture and headed out again.
Needless to say, I was late to work. I had heard my mother's voice in my ear and I didn't want to go to work without reading something from the Bible.
The interesting part is that the Macy's where I worked in Herald Square had over 20 floors, and the entire fifth floor had nothing but books. I could have gone to that floor on my lunch hour and read something from the Bible. However, the instruction from my mother was "Don't leave home without reading something from the Bible."
I am 72 years old now and I still remember what she said.
My mother passed away in 1998. I don't want to meet her in heaven and have to explain to her why I didn't read something from the Bible each day.
The Bible is the only book you can read and the author is present. The Bible is God's diary. It lets us know what's on God's mind and what's in His heart.
Other Articles To Read
- Psalm 23: A Sheep's Testimony
Psalm 23 is the best known and most popular of all the psalms. Many people know this psalm by heart. The psalm is loved by Jews and Christians alike, speaking as it does of God’s protection and care.
- Every Religion Has A Golden Rule
We might know the Golden Rule of our religion, but did you know that every religion has a golden rule similar to your Golden Rule?
- Commentary on the Lord's Prayer
Of all the prayers that people have written and spoken, the one used most often by Christians is the The Lord’s Prayer.
- How to Understand the Bible
In order to understand the Bible, you must read the Bible, and you must read it daily. Then as you read the Bible you will begin to understand it.