Two Cent Tuesday – Bible of Choice?

by on August 12, 2008

I spent most of last week working to launch a new website ( The site is designed to help people understand the differences between Bible translations and offer some resource suggestions, like Bible software, Bible mobile applications, and other Bible resources. Since the project was pretty big and I didn’t have time to build the site and write all the material, I hired a freelance writer to help me out. Not only did she do an amazing job, but her articles on all the different Bible translations were actually quite helpful to me… I mean, I could give you a rough idea as to what each translation was all about, but now I feel like I have a much better understanding. So, if you’ve ever wanted to know what the different translations were all about, go check out the site. Also, keep it in the back of your head for the next time someone asks you why we have so many different bible translations.

So, as I was finishing up the site I thought, “hey, this would be a great Two Cent Tuesday question.” So, here ya go, “what is your bible translation of choice… AKA, what is the best bible?”

Also, if you visit the site, please leave a review under the Bible you use as it will help future visitors… oh, and link love is always appreciated!



The author of this post is noted above. and were created by Ryan Burns. He is currently on staff at Redemption Hill Church in Richmond, VA, and recently launched a site to help people find Seminary Scholarships and anther site to help people find Church Jobs. He also writes about his experiences doing GORUCK events on his hobby blog.


ARGH….this is the question the always plagues me. I don’t need to comment on it here, but my love/hate relationship with the ESV keeps my English translation favorite a constantly shifting choice.

I did notice two bibles that I have been using more than I ever imagined lately not on the survey, the NET bible and the NLT. I had written both off a few years ago, but more and more I am finding myself using them.

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Sort of a mutt here. Prefer the ESV now, but my primary Bible for the last decade has been the NKJV. Still teach from it at a school for the sake of having one primary translation among teachers. Our Seminary is mostly partial to NASB, while my church uses the NLT a lot and NIV for its classes. So, have to juggle a number of versions in any given week.

Thankful for the martyrs like Wycliffe and Tyndale and others whose sacrifice covers the pages of our English Bibles, and without which we would still be stuck with perhaps only one antiquated and inaccessible version, probably in another language.

I grew up on the NIV, in all the churches I’ve been in that is what has been used. So when I recall a verse from memory it is almost always out of the NIV (with the exception of Psalm 23, which should in my opinion always be read or recited in the language of the KJV). However, since studying Greek, I have become much more partial to the ESV, and it’s increasing use in churches I am floating around in makes me want to become even more familiar with it. For the most part I like it, and can see why it is the fastest growing English translation in use.

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