I thought I would ask this question of y'all . Down through some of your former years -- what has been your primary Bible version ? Has it been just one version , or different primary Bibles depending on particular periods in your life ? In my case as a boy I had several KJV's , a Good News Bible , A Living Bible and the pre-1995 NAS . It wasn't until 15 years ago that I got The Modern Language Bible : The Berkely Version . I remember being really passionate about this particular version . (I had another one of these in the 70's , but it had vanished before 1975 ). I remember Dave Hunt rolling his eyes at my choice version in the mid-90's . ( I was allowed to come to a conference for ministers even though I wasn't a preacher .) I went to South Korea in 1998 and had only my MLB with me -- no other versions . The Korean Pastor at my church gave me a NIV . I never owned one before . I then began the tedious task of copying all my notes from the MLB to my new acquisition . It took a year . When I eventually moved to Seoul and had access to Christian Bookstores I began buying multiple versions . My primarey ones now ? TNIV , HCSB and NLTse .