What's your favorite bible translation version?

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claysmithr

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I've fallen in love with the NLT because it's very easy to me to read and understand. Some other translations can give me headaches.

My church likes ESV, before that I think they used NIV.

What is your favorite bible translation?
 

MarcR

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I like the King James because of its literary beauty. I also use the ESV, The Complete Jewish Bible, and the original language texts in both OT and NT. For the NT I use both the TR and the 'Majority Text'.
 

Hizikyah

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I like TS2009, The Chronological Gospels and original manuscripts
 
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The only english bible I own is the King James Bible. So that is my absolute favorite far above all in the english.
In finnish I read a 1933 Holy Bible translation by the Lutheran Church. I got it as a gift when I got saved.
 

trofimus

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Regarding English:

NIV is the winner, well balanced between literal and dynamic translation

Sometimes complemented by ESV, NASB or Berean Literal Bible, when NIV reading is strange.
 

Redeemed2015

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I use the TLV (Tree of Life Version) it is clear, easy to understand as well as consistent with the oldest manuscripts available and substitutes "God" in most cases with the names used in manuscripts. Not to mention it uses specific Hebraic words to give clarity in reference to specific peoples, places and items(Yeshua, Yisrael, Torah)
 
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the twoof the best bibles to have are ,,,,,,the English hexapla and,,,, the interlinear greek Hebrew bible using kjv version 2
 

Locutus

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I don't really have a favourite - I've used the KJV for years.

For accuracy I prefer Young's Literal.
 

OneFaith

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I like the NIV best.
 

FlSnookman7

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I prefer the KJV for reading and also like the amplified for help in studying.
 
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NIV
NASB
ESV
HCSB(CSB)
YLT


I use the top two the most.
 

crossnote

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My favorite is the one I read.

Actually, I like reading about 6 in a parallel fashion.
 

Joidevivre

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I loved the NAS when I read it. Then I loved the KJV when I read it Then I loved the NIV when I read it. Then I loved the ESV when I read it. Many others were my favorite when I read them. How to pick a favorite?! They all had something to offer.

It was like looking at a diamond with many facets. What I discovered was that Jesus is present in each one and caused certain things to be highlighted that I missed in the others.

But if I HAD to pick a favorite, it would be different for specific verses.
 

Angela53510

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I am currently on my 4th time through Holman's. HCSB. I read NASB for about 25 years, till it fell apart. I've read the ESV a number of times, I find it stilted and follows the errors of the KJV too often. I've never read the KJV straight through! Too much convoluted translating and obscure words for me. I do know many memory verses in KJV, from my Baptist Sunday School days, long, long ago! I've also read the Message, which I liked at some points and disliked intensely at other points. But, the Message should only be read when you know a more linear, word for word version well.

I've also read NIV, NLT and I am waiting for the 2nd edition of the NET Bible, with full notes to come out in December. That will be my go-to Bible for the next while. I've also read the Bible in French, the NT in Biblical Greek and parts of the OT in Hebrew. I am also starting to read the Bible in German, I'm taking a second year German college course, so I can read German theology in the original language.
 

Locutus

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I'm still waiting for the NUT to come out, the new universal translation.
 

Laish

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I like amplified side by side with NASB
NASB on it’s lonesome
ESV
New KJV first one I read front to back.
KJV
I have read and enjoyed others but at the moment I can’t remember lol 12 hr work day will do that to ya
Blessings
Bill
 

joaniemarie

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Over the years I feel like Joidevivre said., The one I'm reading is the one liked the best. But these days I'm sort of settling in and camping on New American Standard and the Amplified. But because we were raised on the KJV I go to that for memorization and finding verses in the Strong's Concordance.

Also enjoy browsing on Bible Gateway and seeing what the Phillips translation has got to say. And there are sooo many other Bibles I never even heard of that can be accessed at Bible Gateway. We are very blessed to have so many places to go and read the Bible and hear the Bible.
 

trofimus

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I would be interested in a study whether reading of a specific version leads people to specific theology or whether a specific theology leads people to use a specific version.
 
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I would be interested in a study whether reading of a specific version leads people to specific theology or whether a specific theology leads people to use a specific version.
KJV leads to KJVOnlyism
NASB & NIV lead to the Doctrines of Grace
ESV leads to hyper-Dispensationialism & WoF
NKJV leads to NKJVOnlyism
 

trofimus

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KJV leads to KJVOnlyism
NASB & NIV lead to the Doctrines of Grace
ESV leads to hyper-Dispensationialism & WoF
NKJV leads to NKJVOnlyism
I thought that ESV is used in reformed churches (John McArthur made commentary for it, I think).