3 Tips in Finding your Perfect Match – Which Bible Version Suits You?

which bible version best suits you

According to americanbible.org, there are currently 900 printed English translations and paraphrases of the Bible.

Since the decision on which Bible version to use depends on the reader (that’s you!), the “best version” is subjective.

Here are 3 tips to help you figure out which one will work best for you.

  1. For in-depth Bible studies

Bible versions translated using the Formal Equivalence technique or “word-for-word” translation are closer to the original language used in writing the Bible. Their accuracy are vital for studying texts that carries heavy theological and philosophical perspectives. If you desire to have an in-depth study of the Word, these translations are the ones you should have.

  1. For personal Bible reading and journaling

The Bible versions translated using the Dynamic Equivalence technique or “thought-for-thought” translation are helpful for personal Bible readings or journaling.

These translations were not meticulously translated like the Formal Equivalence technique but they were presented in a manner that made it easy to read and understand.

  1. For Bible readers seeking a fresh perspective

Paraphrased versions are not recommended for Bible studies. Its artistic and engaging style in presenting the Bible could be helpful to those seeking a fresh perspective of the Word. However, the use of words that appeals to emotions could alter some theological principles within the passage.

Paraphrased versions are good for personal readings but it is best to have another version along with it.

Choosing which Bible version to use is significant as it directly affects your interest in the Word of God. It is a good idea to have different translations available for you.

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