Why do you use the Bible version you do?

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Why do you use the Bible version you use?

  1. Tradition - I have always used it.

    7 vote(s)
    17.9%
  2. It is the only valid version in my language

    6 vote(s)
    15.4%
  3. It is the easiest for me to read

    9 vote(s)
    23.1%
  4. It was a gift

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    2.6%
  5. Bookstore advertising

    1 vote(s)
    2.6%
  6. Other - please specify

    21 vote(s)
    53.8%
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  1. TC

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    I would like to know why you use the Bible version that you use. No Bible version debate please - just why you have chosen the version you use.
     
  2. Bob Alkire

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    I use the KJV because it was the first Bible I ever had. I've been using it for years . I also use from time to time the ASV 1901 which was uesd the most at the seminary that I went to years and years ago. I also use the NASB from time to time. But all in all I like the flow of the KJV the best, and all my memorization is from the KJV.
     
  3. NaasPreacher (C4K)

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    A lot of prayer and research have led me to switch to the NKJV as my preferred translation. I have used the KJV as my translation for about 30 years and still treasure it.
     
  4. webdog

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    I think understandabilitly is key. I got more out of reading the NLT straight through than I did the KJV, even though the KJV is more accurate in more places.
     
  5. Rippon

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    Being understandable is a key element of accuracy . On that count ( and other considerations ) I think the NLTse is more accurate than the KJV . Further, I think the NIrv is more accurate than the Latin Vulgate , or either of the so-called Wycliffe versions .
     
  6. StefanM

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    I don't use one version. I use a variety, each of which has its own strengths.
     
  7. TC

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    So far we have:

    Tradition - I have always used it. 0 0%
    It is the only valid version in my language 1 12.50%
    It is the easiest for me to read 3 37.50%
    It was a gift 0 0%
    Bookstore advertising 0 0%
    Other - please specify 4 50.00%

    Thanks for your responses.
     
  8. Psalm 95

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    Swedish Folkbibeln - a modern but conservative translation in my mother tounge. Many in Sweden use Bibel 2000, but i find Folkbibeln much more a faithful christian translation.

    NIV- because it is a easy to understand and I have secondary resources keyed to the NIV, I also have many notes in a Cambride wide margin NIV Bible.

    KJV - Because of accuracy, secondary resources and because it was the translation used by many of the men before me.

    NKJV -Because I have a Thompson Chain Bible in NKJV and its a good translation.

    So, out of tradition I should have used Bibel 2000 (a an earlier form 1981 was used when a grew up in a lutheran church), but I have chosen other translations for faithfulness to the the word of God, for secondary resources and for accuracy.
     
  9. Askjo

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    I only use the KJV because of its superiority and of its accuracy over modern versions.
     
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    I use the KJV because of tradition and cultural influence... this is the Bible that most in my pastorate use... so it makes it easier..

    Also, I have the KJV memorized...
     
  11. Tom Bryant

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    I use the NASB because it's more readable than the KJV and their more literal philosophy of translation fits what I believe about verbal plenary inspiration.
     
  12. Askjo

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    Not true! Modern versions and the KJV are readable. The best is lower grade level for the readability. For example, The KJV on Romans is 5.76 grade level. NASV on Romans is 6.96 grade level. :rolleyes:
     
  13. mcdirector

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    I got my NASB when I was in HS when I could choose the Bible I used. I bought it because of the what I had read about their philosophy of translation (to use Tom's phrase ;) ). I have continued to use it because it is the version that I memorized most of the verses I know from and that I have done most of my Bible reading from.

    I too have other versions that I use for study, but this is the one I keep returning to.
     
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    The whole thing?! :thumbs:
     
  15. Deacon

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    I switch every couple of years.

    It helps me to see things that I didn't see before.

    Started with NRSV, then KJV (Scofield), later NASB, now ESV, next, probably the TNIV (which will be a real stretch).

    There's a bit of a hitch when reciting verses.
    They are a conglomeration of them all.
    Even within particular passages I switch between different versions.
    Sometimes even forming my own.

    Rob
     
  16. webdog

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    Sure you are not Jack Van Impe? ;)
     
  17. mcdirector

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    That is NOT legal you know :laugh:

    But I think it's the same thing as that we've moved so many times when someone asks for my address and I give 1/2 the one from Houston and part of the one from Atlanta and . . . ;)
     
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    I use different versions on different occasions for different reasons. I use the ESV most of the time and it is the Bible I carry to church (though the pastor does not use the ESV from the pulpit). I like the cover on my hardback ESV. The black and white face is very striking though the plastic shrink-wrap in which it is covered has expanded in heat and is now wrinkled.
     
  19. Hopeful

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    I actually needed to be able to pick two choices--I use the NIV, because it was originally a gift. I found it to be so much more readable than the KJV, that I have continued with it as my primary study Bible.

    But I study back and forth between the NLT (for clarity of a concept, since I don't read original Greek or Hebrew), my fave NIV, and every translation readily available on the web when I encounter a passage that I have difficulty understanding.

    But I ALWAYS go back to the KJV to read the Psalms. They're just too beautiful in that language NOT to use that version.
    :saint:
     
  20. Gold Dragon

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    ditto

    I most commonly use:
    NIV
    ESV
    NASB

    I rarely use:
    NRSV
    KJV
    NLT
    The Message
     

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