First , a confession . I have never owned a parallel Bible . It sure would have been easier when making all my Bible comparisons over the years ! So , even if you have never bought a parallel Bible -- what translations would you include ? I guess four versions would be standard . My preferences are : TNIV , HCSB , NLTse ( not the old NLT from 1996 ) and the NET . The NRSV or REB could be substituted for the NET .