Hi everyone! The Bible has been translated into many different languages and versions but the Word of God still remains the same. Many people have asked me what my favorite version of the Bible is so I decided to write about it :). Below are my top 5 favorites:
5: The Message Bible
I’m actually surprised I’m putting this version on the list. It took me a long time to really enjoy the Message Bible. Coming from my NIV and NKJV Bible, in comparison the MSG version was just too watered down. Even though it is the easiest to read it is not the most accurate (it’s a paraphrase bible!). However, because of its readability, this version hits me in a way that some others don’t. There are still some scriptures that I feel are stretched a bit and misinterpreted. Nevertheless, it made it to my Top 5.
4: The Amplified Bible
I use this Bible to study quite often. The AMP version falls under a word-for-word translation and those are always great for studying. It breaks down certain words in the verse which allows for deeper insight to the text. The only downfall of the additional words is that just because a word has multiple meanings doesn’t mean all those meanings fit the context of the text.
3: New King James Version
There’s KJV and then theres NKJV. One of my first pocket bibles, back in high school, was a KJV Bible. I quickly got tired of the KJV language. The NKJV is KJV without the “saith”, “ye”, and “thou”. Simply put its a modern version. Similar to KJV, NKJV is a word-for-word translation so it is more accurate than the Message Bible.
2: New International Version
NIV is a thought-for-thought Bible. Unlike the NKJV, it is not a pure translation but rather an interpretation of what the translator feels is being said. The issue with that is that sometimes verses in NIV can be interpreted wrongly; after all, we are fallible humans. I prefer NIV over NKJV when I’m just reading the bible because of it’s readability. However, when I’m studying if I start with NIV I always check back with NKJV.
1: The Voice
Not many people know this version as it is fairly new (2012) but once I found it I was hooked. Actually, I didn’t find it. It found me. My sisters brought me the New Testament version of The Voice. I loved it so much that I went to buy the full bible. Please understand I wouldn’t suggest The Voice as a study bible. It falls somewhere between a thought-for-thought and paraphrase Bible. However, it is great to get the overall message of the scripture. The Voice is written in a screenplay format. The stories in the Bible really come alive. For a creative like me, reading the Bible in that way makes it more enjoyable for me (especially the Old Testament).
So there you have it. My top 5 favorite versions of the Bible. What are yours?