Version Choice - For Non-KJVO

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    What would be your choice of an English translation of the Word of God, apart from the KJV?

    Would you give 3-4 sentences supporting/defending your choice?

    Thank you. Non-KJVonly only!!
     
  2. StefanM

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    NASB (Updated)--It is simply the most literal translation available today. By sticking firmly to the original languages, it avoids the danger of interpreting instead of translating to which dynamic equivalence versions often fall victim. Although wooden and awkward at times, it reflects the structure of the manuscripts, which comes in quite handy for a student (like me) who has not had the opportunity to study Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic.
     
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    The NKJV. I have always used the KJV for preaching and teaching so find the KKJV a pleasant, up to date, accurate translation that I could preach or teach from without having to look down and read every word. I use it daily for my devotions.
     
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    I like having many translation choices but if I had to pick one I guess it would be the NASB because of it's extreme accuracy. I never really liked the NASB before I got on here and everyone told me how literal it is. Others that come close would be the ISV, HCSB, NKJV. There are many others but that is my short list. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    First off, i don't do Hebrew or Greek.
    I did get a STRONG'S this year, but haven't
    used it very much. Even it works in English.

    BTW, i noticed paper Bibles don't last but
    a couple of years paper bound and only
    4 or 5 years hard bound. So I've been a
    Christian 52 years now and have worn out
    well over a dozen Bibles. Makes me wonder about
    those one-and-only-one Bible folk -- do they
    not read in their books?

    Most my Bibles have been KJV1769s.
    I remember wearing out a NIV once.
    Then i used a nKJV for three years. I spilt
    coffee right on 1 Corinthians chapter 13
    which soaked & stained the rest of the bible
    clear thru to Maps.

    Then I got Tim Lahaye's notes in a Bible which
    had to be KJV1769. But while i was studying
    that my denomination came out with their
    own translation so they wouldn't have to give
    such royalties to the NIV owners.

    The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is
    readable enough one can read on it;
    accurate enough one can study on it;
    Praise Jesus, they need to get me my Jumbo Print
    edition so i can do some Bible thumpin' with it!

    At the book exchange at work i got a copy of
    the New Living Translation (NLT). It has
    a page missing in Philippians, but otherwise
    it is in good shape and trading a useless novel
    for it was a good bargin. Anyway, my at-work
    Bible study Group is looking at 2 Peter
    (we just started chapter 3) now. The leader goes
    thru word by word and does a word
    study in STRONG'S. Sometimes it is hard
    to find where that word got translated
    in the NLT???

    But I love to praise Jesus in 17th Century talk:
    [​IMG] Praise Iesus, the Christ [​IMG]
     
  6. Pastor KevinR

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    Me too!....although now I use the NKJV preaching/teaching as well.
     
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    The NKJV because it follows the Traditional Texts.

    If you would have asked for more than one, I would have included the NASB because of its semantic accuracy.

    HankD
     
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    Me too!....although now I use the NKJV preaching/teaching as well. </font>[/QUOTE]I could foresee that happening - although its hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
     
  9. Dr. Bob

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    I use the NKJV since I can still use many of my 3000+ KJV1769 outlines with it. Most have key words from the text that would NOT be there in the ESV, NIV, etc. Since I was raised on the AV1901 and the KJV1769, I love the flow of the language.

    But I cannot defend the NKJV since it uses inferior Greek. I must continually "write my own" that will take all the nuances of all the Greek texts, not just those chosen by 'rasmus.
     
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    I use my Palm Pilot at Church, I only have the KJV installed on it right now

    For Bible Study I use a 4 way parallel Bible with KJV, NASB, NIV, and Amplified Bible

    On the Laptop I use e-sword with about 20 versions/greek texts, etc. Favorites there are the KJV with Strongs numbers linked in the text, ESV

    I am comfortable with the KJV, but have learned to effectively use several translations in study, it works for someone with no greek skills. other than being able to cut and paste from strongs
     
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    Me too!....although now I use the NKJV preaching/teaching as well. </font>[/QUOTE]I could foresee that happening - although its hard to teach an old dog new tricks. </font>[/QUOTE]I'm an old dog. 43 y/o. Raised only on the KJV in an IFB church Louisville, KY. I love the NKJV, as it reads so much like the 1769, however, most of the words are understandable to the masses. [​IMG]
     
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    I use (not necessarily in this order) Niv, NASB, NKJV(as well as the 1769 KJV & replica AV 1611) because "Variety of Translations is Profitable for the Understanding of the Sense of the Scriptures".

    I have no authority to pick-n-choose among BVs except where one is clearly corrupt such as "Good As New", which, even with my rudimentary knowledge of Greek/Hebrew, I can see doesn't follow its sources too well.
     
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    I mainly use the NKJV (I have a MacArthur's Study Bible that I carry). But I study using several different translations (superdave and I have the same "4-barrelled canon").

    As for my main choice, it would probably have to be the NASB. It may not read like the KJV, but I really enjoy it.

    In Christ,
    Trotter
     
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    (1) Updated NASB, primarily due to its high level of accuracy to its underlying texts. The one downside, as others have noted, is that it's not the easiest Bible to read (although the Update is a noted improvement over the original).

    (2) ESV- Very close. I especially love its literary quality.

    Also, I haven't yet read the HCSB, but the positive reviews I've seen have stirred my interest.
     
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    ESV - It's literal, accurate, and readable.
    NASB - Second to ESV - very literal but too stilted and wooden.
     
  16. DeclareHim

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    I'm praying they will come out with a parallel Bible that includes the NASB '95,ISV,HCSB. That is my dream. It wouldn't be bad if they added the NLT so you could sort of see a 'paraphrase' leaning version.
     

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