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#3240925 - 05/07/13 04:47 AM Bible Question
SilverFox
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Which Bible do you read? Why?

I was brought up in a Baptist Church and still have the 2 Bibles they gave us. One as a small kid around 5 or 6 and then another when I graduated from High School. The second is a study Bible. Both are KJV.

I'm wanting to move to another Bible that's easier to read. I've read out of several Bibles over the years. One I kept with me at work was the new world translation. I wasn't really fond of it but it was easy to read and I could go back and forth between it and my study Bible. I've never been good at reading comprehension... So the easier the better for me.

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#3240938 - 05/07/13 05:35 AM Re: Bible Question [Re: SilverFox]
BlountArrow
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If it ain't King James....it ain't bible.
Just kidding, I saw it on a bumper sticker the other day. I been using the NKJV myself, but I was not persuaded by a bumper sticker. My pastor preaches from the same. I struggle with the comprehension a lot too. I've been considering something a little easier for a simpleton like me to read and understand as well.
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#3240946 - 05/07/13 05:46 AM Re: Bible Question [Re: BlountArrow]
rabbit hunter
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I do my daily Bible reading from the New Living Translation. It's easy to read and understand.
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#3240954 - 05/07/13 05:54 AM Re: Bible Question [Re: rabbit hunter]
Kimber45 Moderator
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Good thread and thanks for starting it!

I'm still in the KJV and with my pee poor understanding of the writings you'd think I'd have already made a transition.

Ok study hounds - let's hear it.. I'm watching this thread and making an effort to find the version that most mimicks the KJV but with it broken down so that my mud/slush brain can truly understand what I'm reading \:\)

I'll be downloading a new version to the Ipad as a result of this thread so I can give it a try!
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#3241012 - 05/07/13 07:25 AM Re: Bible Question [Re: Kimber45]
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Personally I use an NIV/Message parallel translation. I like it because 1) the NIV is an easily understood and accurate translation which is easy to teach, preach and study from, 2) it's a commonly held translation that our church family is likely to have on hand, and 3) having a parallel of The Message can give an interesting angle in language and concept for comparison.

For study I may include a look at the American Standard or the New American Standard as well, since they tend to be possibly a little more accurate to the original language.
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#3241016 - 05/07/13 07:29 AM Re: Bible Question [Re: Nimrod777]
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Oh, I recommend that you go check out http://www.biblegateway.com, find a favorite passage, then click to change translations. It will allow you to rapidly compare the use of language and grammar, get a feel for the "voice" of the various versions available.

Also you may want to know that a "translation" is taken from the original languages (Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic), while anything that is a "paraphrase" is not. That doesn't invalidate a paraphrase as being useful and helpful, but you wouldn't want to base any vital belief on a word found in a paraphrase ;\)
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#3241018 - 05/07/13 07:32 AM Re: Bible Question [Re: Nimrod777]
EastTNHunter
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I lover my NASB study Bible. It would take me writing an essay on here to explain why, but the specific one that I have was given to me by a friend and the study helps and commentaries were compiled by the late esteemed Bible scholar Spiros Zodiatis (sp.?) of Moody Bible Institute renown.
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#3241037 - 05/07/13 07:53 AM Re: Bible Question [Re: Kimber45]
Hunter 257W
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You can take a look at a bunch of versions here. I like the NIV and God's Word Translation myself. King James is the worst for comprehension in my opinion.

http://classic.biblegateway.com/versions/


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#3241048 - 05/07/13 08:06 AM Re: Bible Question [Re: EastTNHunter]
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I am just a plain KJV myself. I guess I'm old fashioned I don't know. They use different manuscripts to translate the other versions so they are some small differences in them so I have just stuck it out with the KJV.

Example. John 14:2 one says mansions another says rooms.
minor details

Now I'm not saying there is anything wrong with the other versions at all, it's just my preference.

My Uncle likes the English standard version pretty well.

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#3241057 - 05/07/13 08:14 AM Re: Bible Question [Re: huntinkev]
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I use the NKJV mostly. I also listen to "The Word of Promise" often. It is an acted out recording of the bible in nkjv with some pretty good actors. I would recommend you check it out. Jim Caviezel plays Jesus. You can play it in your car as you drive and then cross reference with the script when you have time.
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