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My Favorite Versions Of The Bible

Hi there! Happy Sunday to you. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’› This is going to be a quick, fun post that I’m sharing with you on this fine weekend. I spent yesterday afternoon going to different stores with my dad (which was very enjoyable, by the way!), so I wasn’t able to do much in relation to blogging. As I write this, it is now 10:44 PM my time on Saturday night and I’d love to go to bed. πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ This is blogging dedication at its finest, y’all! (I’m suddenly very southern πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚)

Anyway, life update aside, today’s post is a cool, informative one that I’ve been wanting to share for the past few days. As you may know, there are MANY English versions of the Bible (I haven’t counted … maybe a few hundred?), so it’s important to know which ones you enjoy the most. I’ve been an avid reader and studier of the Bible for the last seven years or so, so over time, I have come across the three main translations that I understand the most and get a lot out of. I’d like to share them with you! (Make sure you let me know your favorite translations in the comments below πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•)

AMPC. (Amplified Classic) THIS VERSION. πŸ’œ If it weren’t for this absolute blessing in my life, I wouldn’t understand the Bible a fraction as well as I do now! While it’s not enjoyable for read-alouds, it is the best companion for Bible studies, when you’re wanting to deeply understand a certain verse/passage, and when you want to truly picture what the writers are conveying. I love it. If you haven’t studied the Amplified Classic version before, I deeply recommend it!

NLT. (New Living Translation) I just started studying the Bible using this one recently, and it really helps me to understand the Old Testament! I haven’t had much experience with it before now, but I’m already thoroughly enjoying it. πŸ’•

NKJV. (New King James Version) I remember thinking this version was a breath of fresh air when compared to the KJV! πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ That was when I was younger, but I still think the oldest English edition of the Bible is quite a doozy. The NKJV is awesome for studying, as well. I’d have to compare it more with the NLT to decide which one I like more.

The three versions I’ve mentioned are the first that come to my mind, but there are plenty of others I’ve enjoyed over the years! For example, NASB (New American Standard Bible), NIV (New International Version), and ESV (English Standard Version).

I know that different people struggle with the fact that we have so many English translations, because that leaves a lot of room for man’s interpretation of the Bible. However, I also think that it’s beautiful that we have so many different translations of the Lord’s Word, because then we’re able to make the decision of reading and studying the version that speaks the most to our hearts. ❀️

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a beautiful day. (: As a quick side note, please keep Pittsburgh in your prayers! I saw on the news yesterday that something tragic happened there. Please pray for all of the families and law enforcement involved. πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’– Prayer changes lives!

May your Sunday be blessed. x

22 replies on “My Favorite Versions Of The Bible”

Nice! Those are great translations. You know, I’ve never really thought about it in that way before – like finding which version you like best and reading it. Great idea!

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In Poland we have a few versions of the Bible too, but to be honest I know only one! It was great to get to know what Bible versions you enjoy reading the most πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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Good Sunday morning Maggie, Like you I have my favorites. Right now I am using the Inspire Bible Journaling Bible, New Living Translation. I will take a pix and send. You can journal and color over 400 pages. I used the New American Standard for quite a while and also the NIV. I agree that the Amplified (I think.that is what you mentioned) is great for in-depth study. There are many opinions on translations. It is good to have a trusted commentary to really get to the heart of a Scripture. I was referred to The Bible Knowledge Commentary OT and NT (edited and written by Dr. John F. Walvoord and Dr. Roy B. Zuck) by the best Bible study teacher I ever sat under. I can’t tell you how many times I have referred to it.
Have a blessed Sunday. I am home today resting from a very stressful week and the tail end of an upper respiratory infection.
I had a quiet time with the Lord early this morning– candles lit and worship music playing. I’ve allowed too many outside activities to occupy my quiet time. Today is a new day and a new commitment.
Blessings, Patty

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Hello Patty! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the Bible you’re reading from. That sounds wonderful! Yes, it is great for studying πŸ™‚ I hope you had a beautiful Sunday! Mine was certainly wonderful πŸ’–


Good post. I’ve enjoyed many of the translations you mentioned. Right now my favorites are the ESV and the NET. I have never really cared for the Amplified but that is only because I find it difficult to read.

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Thank you for this. I get the most out of my bible study when I use several translations. I’ve used the Byington, King James Version, and the American Standard Bible. My absolute favorite is the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures Study Edition. I’ve never seen a bible with so many references, footnotes, supplementary explanations and appendices. Some bible books even have links to video summaries online and media galleries to gain a better understanding of a certain location (such as where Jesus walked with his apostles in Galilee). Best of all it’s completely free! Here’s a link:

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KJV is my favorite Book. Only my opinion, my approach in the very beginning was to read from as many different versions until I really understood the “story” of the Bible. Only after I was comfortable with the storyline , I was able to read the KJV. And when I really want to know the truth, without additives and changed words or interpretations, I always read the KJV.


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