I read this forum a lot because I am interested in the variety of bible translations. I was saved in 1996, having been a Catholic for 38 years. Until about 10 years ago, I knew the bible only from what I heard at Sunday mass. When I finally started to read the bible for myself, I chose the NIV. I read the entire NIV; and for the first time, the bible became alive and relevant for me. I understood my need to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior. The NIV translation has remained my primary translation; however, I have become concerned by all of the criticism of the NIV. I've tried the KJV, NKJV, the NASB, and ESV, but none of them is as smooth and easy to understand as the NIV. Am I missing out by not studying other translations? If I should supplement my reading of the NIV with another translation, which would be the best choice? Thank you for any ideas or personal experience you would be willing to share.