What is the Best Bible to Read?


This is a great question, no matter how long you have been reading and studying! We each have numerous desires to know the best translation and the best possible readability with respect to the biblical text.

Each of us has our own proclivities with respect to the bible we use; whether it be just a bible, a study bible, a chain reference bible or some other variation. There are those who will stick with the King James because they believe it to be the most closely related to the original text. There are those who will stick with the New International Version because it is much easier to read and understand. What ever the case may be for you, I myself read several variation of the bible. Just recently started reading the New American Standard Bible (NASB).

Do not be afraid of the bible versions, they will not bite you. Other variations may actually help you better understand the word of God than if you stuck with the one version. I have come across several articles that may help, or sway, you toward another version. No one is suggesting that you give up your preferred version. But I am suggesting you look at other versions to aid you in your understanding of the word of God.

I hope this is helpful to you. I know there are some of you out there with questions concerning this topic and sought to aid you in your dilemma. (Not to confound your dilemma, but rather to help alleviate it! lol)

Articles to read:

Which Bible version is the best?

Which Bible Translation is Best?

Pros and Cons of English Bible Versions

And here is a book I just started to read:

The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust the Modern Translations?

by James R. White

Videos to watch:

What Bible Translation should I read?

Which Bible translation is the most reliable?

Which Bible translation is the most accurate?

Now, I am certain there are more articles and books to read on this subject. But it comes down to your comfort level and whether, or not, you feel as though you are betraying God. Personally, I am of the belief that our God is strong enough and big enough to ensure that we have enough intellect, reason and wisdom to turn us from those bible versions which are more confounding and deceptive. I believe our God is big and strong enough to ensure that all that we need to know is in the version that we read where Jesus is revealed to us, the intent of God is revealed to us, and that the Holy Spirit is available to us to guide us. I believe the bible read is more productive for the Kingdom of God than the one that sits on a shelf or table and collects dust.

Godspeed My Friends!

Brother Murf

8 thoughts on “What is the Best Bible to Read?

  1. The first Bible I read was the KJV that was our family Bible. After I married, I purchased the Jerusalem Bible. When I discovered the NIV, I got that version but since the churches I attend read from the KJV, I got that, then a NIV/KJV parallel. Next was a Revised Standard, KJV, NIV and Living Bible parallel, then an Amplified/KJV parallel. I also have the Greek Interlinear of the New Testament, and the Concordant Literal New Testament. I prefer the KJV probably because I’m more familiar with it.

    • We will always go back to the one which is more familiar. KJV is good, however, it is hard to read and understand. I have read the NIV since 1988 because it is so fluid in it’s writing. I have since started reading the NASB & NKJV due to the perceived closeness to the original Greek. Our family had the KJV growing up but was never used or read. As a Roman Catholic growing up in the 1960-70s we were blatantly told, and taught, by the priests that “we were too stupid to read and understand the bible.” Hence, when I went into the military I officially left the church. I was a wayward agnostic, at bet at that point. Was saved and baptized in 1989. Over the last several years I have become an avid studier of the bible. I have since become very interested in Christian Apologetics.

      • One of the reasons I have parallel Bibles is because when sharing with new believers, or even inquisitive people who are unfamiliar with the Bible, I’ve found it helpful to let them see a translation other than the KJV, while at the same time, introducing them to the KJV. Many of the research and resource publications, such as Strong’s, use the KJV.

    • You are most welcome! We all need a little help in these matters!
      Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV) “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”

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