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How to Choose the Right Bible

Updated on August 3, 2016
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks: Ordained Minister of Christian Education, BA English; MA Christian Education; M.Div. Divinity, Writer, 2011.

With so many versions of the Bible, 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.

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 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.

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.

Which version of the Bible do you read?

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      Dian'swords4u 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I was also reaised with the King James Version. I learned most of my scriptures when I was youg with this version. use several versions because I teach 5th and 6th grade children in Sunday school. I fine NIV is better for them. I have numerous versions and I find each of them are good and some I just read because they are beautifully written. Most of mine are used for study and teaching. Thanks again for another good hub

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I have about 38 Bibles in different versions. When I was in seminary the progfessors used different Bibles in different courses I took so I had to buy the Bible they were using. Now that I am a Bible teacher I default to the NIV even though like you I read the others for the beauty of the writing. I introduced the NIV to my church and now that is the official Bible we use there.

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      I too have a great many Bibles...all the versions you have in your list above and some others. I also have a collector edition of the Bible that was used in schools way back when it was a textbook---I love it. So happy I ran across you in one of the question/answer sections. Looking forward to reading more. By the way, I live part of the year in Prince George County, VA

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks Dee aka Nonna. I am glad we are following each other as we follow Christ. I have been on hubpages only for a short time but I enjoy sharing with others.

      I am originally from Sussex County, VA.

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