Which Version Of The Bible Is Best?
There are many different versions of the Bible, such as the KJV, NASB, NIV and many others, which one do you prefer and why?
If you don't like the poetry or metaphors, then the Message is really blunt. But if you don't mind, I really like the NIV or the King James Version.
I currently prefer the New King James-- for me it combines the inclusiveness and original flavour of the King James but with modern language usage. I'm open to reading many different versions and indeed, try to do that in my daily reading and in study. It's great to be in a Bible Study group where different versions are used because it really enhances word understanding. I'm happy that at various times before I had committed to Christianity I was able to study from different translations/versions such as the Jerusalem Bible with its use of Hebrew for the names of God, the New International Version with its very easy readability, the Living Bible and the Good New Bible when I was feeling a little intimidated about not understanding the reason for the Bible, and eventually, the King James, from which flows the beauty of Shakespearian English and about fifteen years ago I was introduced to The Message version which continues to be my favourite contemporary 'literary' rendition of the Good News. The only Bibles I steer clear from are the ones that have been "put together" by people who have items they feel that they must ADD to the original... Proverbs 30:5-6
I use New King James because retains the beauty of KJ, but takes out archaic language! I also love the New Living Translation (not the same as Living Bible paraphrase) because it uses language that makes difficult passages easier to understand!
Can't say which is best other than which speaks to you, or which is easiest to read and understand.
I loved the old King James version, but then I wanted to study the bible so I looked into different versions. The Living bible was one of the first to paraphrase in order to make the passages more understandable. Then I found the NIV which is a direct translation, as close to word for word as you can get converting several languages into modern English. I have a parallel bible with both those versions on facing pages.
When you need more help understanding, a good concordance and commentary work too.
Phoenix, here goes "craziness" again (if not "in the Spirit")! What difference does it make for "...the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send IN MY NAME, he shall TEACH YOU ALL THINGS..." So, why do we who that have FAITH in God concern ourselves with what version of the bible we use? Did He not say that He would teach us all things?
I have not researched Matthew 28:19, but the Holy Spirit has revealed to me that there is something wrong with that verse for it goes against baptism according to the Holy Spirit under the New Covenant.
Another Scripture that has been revealed that there is something wrong is I John 5:7-8. Where is Jesus in these verses?
No matter what "version" used, the Holy Spirit will "reveal" or "teach you all things," if read with an "open heart," praying and asking God for revelation, not religion, not tradition, not commentaries, etc., but the Holy Spirit!
Norine, in 1st John 5:7, you ask where is Jesus in this verse? Read John 1:1-14. KJV, you'll find he was there all along! God bless!
YES! HE'S there ALL "ALONE" (I Cor Chapter 12: "ONE SPIRIT")!
But when "men" (Catholics) "revised" Scripture, why didn't they "name" JESUS (2nd "person" of Trinity?) which defies Phil 2:9-11 since HE "sits on the right hand of GOD" (Col 3:1)?
Which Version of the Bible is Best?
The one you read and do what it says.
The answer to this is to ask another question. Do I want a literal word for word translation or do I want one that gives a good interpretation of what the writers originally intended?
The main thing is to realize that translation and interpretation aren't the same. Translation can be accurate giving word for word but lose out on getting to the meaning where interpretation might not look for the exact word but seeks to give the meaning.
For a literal translation the best are The New American Standard Bible (NASB) or the Revised Standard Version (RSV and NRSV)
For interpretation the best would be either the New International Version (NIV) or my favorite the New King James
Hope this helps
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