Which Christian Bible version is the current one in style?

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Posted: 11/11/2012 4:51:24 PM
It's been a while, so forgive me. Last I went to church everybody used King James. I know most switched to like New Standard or something like that and I am curious what version is the one most people use now?

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Posted: 11/11/2012 4:56:47 PM
Our church gives away the New Living Translation of the Bible because it is so easy to read. I personally prefer this for my daily devotionals. Our pastor uses just about every translation out there, I believe, when using scripture in his sermons. HTH.


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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:00:12 PM
There are a number a churches in my area that use New International Version. I've noticed here within the last couple of years the English Standard Version has gained in popularity. Personally, I would use one that I find easiest to understand.




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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:02:47 PM
Our school uses NIV. Our church uses NLT. I am currently reading through the bible chronologically using a NLT version. I'm really enjoying this approach to the bible.

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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:05:06 PM
I'm not aware of any one particular one standing out. NIV is widely used due to its good combination of ease of readability while sticking closely to the original.

NLT is in more common language. There's also the New King James, which is as readable to me as the others (I could never understand the King James).

Here's a comparison chart.



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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:07:39 PM
Our pastors usually preach mostly out of NKJV - but will reference other versions as well.

But in our small groups, everyone has different versions. My pastor's wife is partial to AMP, I prefer the Message, DH prefers NIV, there's someone else in our group with NLT.

I don't think there's one that's "popular" - I think it depends on your church culture.




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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:15:00 PM
My daily reading I use NIV. Our church uses The New English Standard and The Message. I think NIV is the most popular in my area.


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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:28:04 PM
We are taught to only read the King James version. - Baptist here


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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:29:09 PM
Our lectionary readings are from the NRSV (New revised Standard Version). I'm a member of the Episcopal Church.

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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:31:22 PM
Our Southern Baptist church uses the NIV.

I also like the English Standard Version and the Holman Christian Standard Bible is good, too.



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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:40:20 PM
Our church mostly uses NIV

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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:42:11 PM
If you want the best scholarly translation then the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) or the New International Version (NIV) are the ones to read. There's also a new one called the Common English Bible which is supposed to be a good translation but in more "readable" language. Although personally I don't find the NRSV or NIV or be "unreadable". lol.

If you are seriously interested in studying scripture I always suggest to people that they get the NRSV or the NIV, and then get something like The Message (which is not a translation, it's a paraphrase) or perhaps this Common English Bible (haven't actually read this one yet). Then you can read both side by side. It never hurts to see another way of expressing the gist of the verses as long as you know you have one good translation. The King James Bible is lovely poetry but is not a good translation. Read that one also alongside your NRSV/NIV and Message.



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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:43:00 PM
Another Episcopalian that uses NRSV at home and in church.


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Posted: 11/12/2012 12:00:19 PM

If you want the best scholarly translation then the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) or the New International Version (NIV) are the ones to read.


Ummmmm, sorry to disappoint but the NIV is certainly not considered scholarly but anyone who is a student of the Bible. All kinds of inaccuracies.

You can find a comparison chart in this PDF Here.

Scroll down and you will see a linear "accuracy" rating. According to the chart, the most accurate is NASB, Amplified and them KJV.

With that being said, I do like NIV for some things. To some people, it's not important to read "THE" most accurate version.

I have read many, many translations over the years. I still like KJV, but I am used to it. It's certainly not for everyone.

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Posted: 11/12/2012 12:38:52 PM
For general purposes I use the NIV 84. If I am doing some deep study, I pull out the Greek literal.



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Posted: 11/12/2012 12:46:44 PM
MandaSue, there are many, many types of Baptist. I belong to a Southern Baptist Convention church and our materials use NIV, but anyone is free to choose their preferred version. I know that Independent Fundamental Baptist churches teach that only KJV is to be used.

I believe that the best version is the one that you like best and keeps you interested. I recommend trying an App like YouVersion that lets you move between versions so you can compare and contrast.




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Posted: 11/12/2012 12:55:37 PM
My church (non-denominational, but largely Baptist) teaches us to use the KJV for memory verses, but preachers will teach out of a mixture: KJV, NIV, AMP.
I have yet to see any use The Message, as I feel a lot is lost in this interpretation. But I use it on my phone and at home when I need to understand something on a more plain level.


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Posted: 11/12/2012 1:01:32 PM
I use KJV, Holman Christian Standard, & NASB personally.


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Posted: 11/12/2012 1:06:39 PM
My Dad taught in seminary for decades, and the closest translation (and very easy to read) is the English Standard Version. I use the ESV, DH uses his NewKJV, and my Dad's church switched to the ESV recently.


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Posted: 11/12/2012 1:22:07 PM
biblegateway.com has 30 some different English versions available online. You can put in a reading selection and then look at different versions to get a feel for the differences between them.


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Posted: 11/12/2012 1:35:00 PM
Another vote for starting with biblegateway.com

You can see all different translations of the same vers. You can also use it kind of on the fly. What I do a lot is, if I'm working with a particular verse or verses is go to biblegateway.com type in the verses pull up the first translation, then start reading others, it's really easy when you're on the site, just kind of hard to explain. But it's a super easy way to jump from Bible to Bible. And the site if free, no membership, nothing.

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Ummmmm, sorry to disappoint but the NIV is certainly not considered scholarly but anyone who is a student of the Bible. All kinds of inaccuracies.

You can find a comparison chart in this PDF Here.

Scroll down and you will see a linear "accuracy" rating. According to the chart, the most accurate is NASB, Amplified and them KJV.


I certainly won't belabor the point after this, but who put together that chart? Anyone can put together anything they want, but if you go to the scholars -- and by "scholars" I mean those people with advanced degrees, and those who know the biblical languages -- they will all say that the King James Version is not a good translation of the original text. The ones that were done by ecumenical committees of scholars -- such as NIV or NRSV -- are much better at faithfully rendering the original languages without an agenda such as the one that King James had.

At my seminary -- a mainline accredited seminary -- we were required to use either NIV or NRSV for classes. Obviously we could read whatever we wanted at other times.

But in the end, what difference does it make? Which ever version brings to life the Word of God for you is the one you should be reading. I always recommend to people who are looking for a bible that they go to a bookstore, or to Amazon, and look in as many as they can. Pick some verses and read those same verses in each bible. The one that speaks to them the most is the one they need to buy, not what anyone else says they *should* buy.



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Posted: 11/12/2012 2:03:26 PM
Our school (Christian, non-denominational) uses NIV.

For sections that are hard for my kids to understand, I go to Biblegateway.com and print out the chapters using the Common English version.

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Posted: 11/12/2012 2:28:03 PM

I always recommend to people who are looking for a bible that they go to a bookstore, or to Amazon, and look in as many as they can. Pick some verses and read those same verses in each bible. The one that speaks to them the most is the one they need to buy, not what anyone else says they *should* buy.

I think I need to do this. I am not a religious person. I grew up Episcopal. I have NEVER been able to read the bible, probably because the only version I have ever tried to read is the King James version. My eyes gloss over after about 5 minutes. I actually would like to read the bible but need a version that uses more common language. Maybe this thread can at least narrow down some versions to compare.





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Posted: 11/12/2012 2:33:04 PM
The KJV is the last one to read if you're looking for accuracy and quality translation. The language can be beautiful, but it's not very faithful to source materials.

I am agnostic, but majored in religious studies at a Lutheran college. The preferred version there and at the ATS accredited graduate schools I considered was NSRV.

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Posted: 11/12/2012 2:34:31 PM
Actually you can look up passages in Biblegateway.com and read from a whole list if versions. I also grew up on the King Janes and although I grew to appreciate it, I don't find it to be easy to understand. There is a New King James Version that is much better but I really prefer the New International version.

Very similar to the NIV is Holman Christian Standard Bible. I started using that to memorize scripture for my bible study because it was the only version I could download to my phone to use without wifi. (Was memorizing during a flight.)


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Posted: 11/12/2012 2:50:51 PM
I personally love New American Standard (NAS


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Posted: 11/12/2012 3:58:40 PM
I don't think any one version would be considered "in style". I think the popularity of each depends on the purpose for which it is being used. Pastors and/or bible school teachers might prefer parallel bibles or a version that is very close to the original texts. Others prefer study bibles; others prefer a more "current" version, a la The Message.

I grew up on NIV, and eventually went to NKJV. I prefer either one of those, but I also have a parallel bible that I love (has 4 versions, NIV, KJV, Amplified and I think NAS.

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Posted: 11/12/2012 6:46:43 PM
Anybody have any thoughts about the Contemporary English Version? I checked a couple of verses at www.biblegateway.com to see different translations and this one seemed to be the clearest, easy to read, to me. I am curious of what others think of the accuracy and I notice that nobody on this thread has mentioned it.





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Posted: 11/12/2012 7:24:06 PM
I giggled when everyone said there were none "in style" because seriously, hordes of people in the Gospel Coalition groups around the country have all switched to ESV. Our church moved from NIV to ESV about 3,4 years ago. Off the top of my head, I feel like the ESV is a more accurate translation but is also very readable. I really like it.

For the pea who has had trouble reading the Bible in the past - TOTALLLLLLY understandable! I would suggest 2 things - don't necessarily read from front to back. After Genesis you go through a lot of laws as well as geneaologies and it can get really hard to read. I would read the New Testament, even starting with the Gospel of John - Psalms is always good, too. Readable and relateable. I would also try a version like The Message - it is totally NOT a scholarly Bible but one translated into today's common language/ VERY understandable and fun to read - there are passages that I just love as translated in the MESSAGE. Good luck - Old Testament King James can be HARD to follow but there are lots of other ways to check it out!

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Posted: 11/12/2012 7:26:46 PM
I think it is important to consider what the different translations represent. If you think of a continuum, with the far left having the most literal or word-for-word translations, and the far right having the version that are more of a paraphrase designed for easy readability, then you can decide which version suits your needs. Scholars wanting to do word studies need one farther on the left (English Standard Version is here). People who want to read it as a paraphrase will look to something like The Message (on the far right). NIV is in the middle, trying to balance the thought-for-thought accuracy. You can also look at grade level of reading. The hardest for us to read is the Old King James (It comes in just above the Grade 12 level), the easiest is The Message (about Grade 4 level).
Knowing what you are looking for will make it much easier to choose the right version for you!

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Posted: 11/12/2012 7:36:39 PM
i use NAS when studying due to accuracy. I also use the NLT for reading & comparing to NAS. Our church uses NAS, ESV, & occasionally NIV

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Posted: 11/12/2012 8:04:39 PM
The version that "speaks" to ME the most is the NIV. I only like KJV for Psalm 23, 103 and other psalms. Very seldom does any of the rest of that version "speak" to me.

And regardless of what my mother told me when I was a teenager and we were reading out loud. I was trying to translate the KJV into "normal" speak and she admonished me saying, read it the way it is written because that is the way Jesus talked... after I got my jaw off the floor, I told her that HE did NOT speak any version of English back then, NO one did. She refused to believe me...


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Posted: 11/12/2012 8:41:33 PM

Ummmmm, sorry to disappoint but the NIV is certainly not considered scholarly but anyone who is a student of the Bible. All kinds of inaccuracies.
And yet it's the #1 study Bible. "NIV Life Application Study Bible". Used by scholars, most likely.


I have NEVER been able to read the bible, probably because the only version I have ever tried to read is the King James version. My eyes gloss over after about 5 minutes.
I don't even last that long with the King James version, LOL! Alas, for the first 30+ years of my life I wasn't even aware that other translations even existed, so I never got into the Bible. Then I discovered the NIV, and eventually the others mentioned in this thread. Thank goodness!!! Try finding a version you like, then try a Bible study. All sorts of doors of understanding quickly open up! Enjoy the journey!



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Posted: 11/12/2012 9:18:34 PM

I have NEVER been able to read the bible, probably because the only version I have ever tried to read is the King James version. My eyes gloss over after about 5 minutes.
I don't even last that long with the King James version, LOL! Alas, for the first 30+ years of my life I wasn't even aware that other translations even existed, so I never got into the Bible.

That's me exactly!! I had no idea for many years there were any other versions of the bible other than maybe bibles in other languages that I definitely couldn't read. LOL Heck, TwoPeas might have been the first place that I read about other versions of the bible.


I would also try a version like The Message - it is totally NOT a scholarly Bible but one translated into today's common language/ VERY understandable and fun to read - there are passages that I just love as translated in the MESSAGE.



People who want to read it as a paraphrase will look to something like The Message (on the far right). NIV is in the middle, trying to balance the thought-for-thought accuracy. You can also look at grade level of reading. The hardest for us to read is the Old King James (It comes in just above the Grade 12 level), the easiest is The Message (about Grade 4 level).
Knowing what you are looking for will make it much easier to choose the right version for you!


I think if I am going to try this, I should probably start with something that is VERY common language like what is described to the Right. I am afraid if I don't choose something that is easy to read, then I will put it down again and never pick a bible up again. LOL If I start with something that is easy to read and understand, it might keep me interested instead of getting me discouraged.





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Posted: 11/12/2012 9:21:56 PM
I really like the NIV Study Bible, published by Zondervan. It is on Amazon (including Kindle) and easy to find in Christian bookstores.




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Posted: 11/12/2012 9:46:58 PM

Anybody have any thoughts about the Contemporary English Version? I checked a couple of verses at www.biblegateway.com to see different translations and this one seemed to be the clearest, easy to read, to me. I am curious of what others think of the accuracy and I notice that nobody on this thread has mentioned it.



My Dad (seminary professor) said the CEV isn't a good one.I forget exactly why, but I know one reason is because some passages are more graphic than they need to be (talking about adultery, etc.). I realize those things are in the Bible, but this version seems to describe it way more than the original texts actually do. Like it's added to get more people to read it, I guess.

He actually prefers the ESV over the NAS as far as accuracy. Years ago he would have suggested the NAS, but now that the ESV is out, that's what he suggests.


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Posted: 11/12/2012 10:59:14 PM
My minister at my former church said he was once asked what the best version of the Bible was for study. He said, "The one you'll read!" I attend a Southern Baptist church and my minister uses the NIV. I have an NIV Life Application Bible and really like it. The one I take with me to church is the New King James. I also have a King James. I'm one of those weirdos who loves that old language! If I'm in a deep study, I'll use both my NIV and NJK and sometimes go to Bible Gateway for other versions/interpretations.
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I think I need to do this. I am not a religious person. I grew up Episcopal. I have NEVER been able to read the bible, probably because the only version I have ever tried to read is the King James version. My eyes gloss over after about 5 minutes. I actually would like to read the bible but need a version that uses more common language. Maybe this thread can at least narrow down some versions to compare.


I first started out reading the NIV, though it has some inaccuracies, I think it's is one of the easiest versions to read. I am currently reading New King James, which I think is easy as well but I enjoy New Living Translations also. I would just steer clear of The Message. :0) If you would like, I could send you a Bible, just send me a message with an address if you're interested (doesn't have to be your home address, just somewhere you can get mail).

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Posted: 11/13/2012 2:52:32 AM
I have a family member who works at a Christian publishing house and they print and sell the NKJV and the NIV 2011.


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Posted: 11/13/2012 3:14:14 AM
We use the NIV and love it.
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