Last evening I was listening to an interview, featuring the distinguished theologian, Dr. JI Packer, where he lists the top three translations a person must own: 1. KJV 2. ESV 3. NLT Not in this order, but each for its merits. The KJV because of its poetic flow and so on. The ESV because it's a good balance between formal and functional. The NLT because a person needs a good paraphrase.