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Subject: The Bible
Date Posted: 12/19/2013 12:26 PM ET
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I am curious to know which version of the Bible do you think is the most popular. or maybe just which you like the most. I have a large print King James but I don't read that one much. I probably use my NIV the most. When I was a kid I had an American revised version. We were always expected to take our Bibles to church with us but I rarely used it there.

Date Posted: 12/19/2013 3:14 PM ET
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I read the King James growing up.

In my early 20's the American Revised was my Bible of choice

Now I like several, for different reasons.

I like The Message because it reads like a book.

I like the NIV when reading daily devotions.

I like the Amplified if I am studying.

And when I am wanting comfort I go back to my King James

Thank goodness with my smart phone they are all always handy.

Date Posted: 12/24/2013 12:24 PM ET
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A lot of churches in my area use the English Standard Version (ESV).   All I can speak to is my church where the majority of people still bring Bibles and people read and follow along in their Bibles during the service (and take notes).  The latest version of the NIV  went gender neutral and a lot of churches switched over to ESV at least where I live.

At home I study using the New American Standard (NASB) , the ESV and occasionally and older version of the NIV. along with New King James (NKJV) Study Bible.  I am also reading the NKJV Chronological Bible (on my kindle I admit).which is a great way to read the Bible. 

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 12/24/2013 2:19 PM ET
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I was really amazed one time in a bookstore when I found a Reader's Digest condensed Bible. I can't believe somebody had the courage to do that. I would be afraid a lightning bolt would come out of the sky and get me if I messed with the content of the Bible.

Date Posted: 12/24/2013 2:40 PM ET
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OK, what is the NIV bible?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Charles, I think God is just so glad someone is reading the bible that lightning from the sky would be saved for real sins....

Date Posted: 12/24/2013 4:10 PM ET
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New International version

it's sort like what you would find in a newspaper. modern English text. It was sort of a sensation when it first came out. It's gotten pretty old now. There is a variant that is known as NIVR. That is New International version reader. don't know what that means. There are probably some web sites that have info about it. Wikipedia maybe.

Date Posted: 12/25/2013 12:43 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/26/2013 6:19 PM ET
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As Charles explained the NIV is the New International Version and the NiVR is the New International Readers version which is a simplified reading level version of the NIV.

I looked up the reading grade levels for various Bibles

  • New American Standard Bible (NASB) 11th grade
  • English Standard Version (ESV) 10th grade  
  • New King James (NKJV) 7th grade
  • New International Version (NIV) 7th grade
  • New International Readers version (NIVR) 3rd grade.

Messing with the content of the Bible is a sin and a dangerous thing:  Revelation 22:18-19  Yes God wants you to read the Bible; the whole Bible :)

Date Posted: 12/30/2013 8:17 AM ET
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I'm a KJV person myself. I love the challenge of rich evocative language, and I think we lose layers of meaning whenever we modernize older books. Altho I did at one point enjoy the New English Version. I got exposed to that in a class on the Bible as literature. I was very attached to it for awhile there.

Date Posted: 12/30/2013 9:03 AM ET
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Grew up with only King James version. My favorites right now are NIV (older version, don't care for the gender-neutral stuff personally) and the Amplified. I do like the way the ESV reads and find myself reaching for it more and more.

Date Posted: 12/30/2013 10:34 AM ET
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for those interested in the King James version of the Bible there is an interesting book called God's Secretaries by Adam Nicolson. It is a history of how the KJ came to be written.

Date Posted: 12/30/2013 11:57 AM ET
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Interesting topic.  My preferred translation is the New Revised Standard Version.  I'm grateful to pastors who have introduced me to The Message and Cotton Patch series (Paul's Epistles, Matthew & John, Luke & Acts, Hebrews & General Epistles, etc.) for alternate ways to view familiar Bible passages.

Date Posted: 1/11/2014 10:42 PM ET
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Interesting posts. Revealing, but I am not sure as to what.

I have read some of most of the Bibles mentioned above. To me, they are prime examples of what we in the U.S, are doing to Christianity in the U.S. Reshaping God in our own image. Is God supposed to change with the times? Only in America, Praise God!

[I was baptised in no church {by my Mother, quite literally under fire, at Pearl Harbor}, confirmed as an Episcopalian, now a Catholic convert]

Date Posted: 1/12/2014 2:40 PM ET
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I grew up with the KJV, and that is the version I memorized scripture in.  I used NIV for awhile, and for somethings it's ok, but reading the 23rd Psalm in the NIV just didn't sound right.  My choice now is the NKJV, reads easier than the KJV, but still has the familiar "sound" as the KJV.

Date Posted: 1/12/2014 4:58 PM ET
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And by the way, I greatly prefer the King James Version to the New American Bible.

Date Posted: 1/14/2014 4:08 PM ET
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I love my NLT, Life Application Study Bible.

Bruce -
Date Posted: 1/14/2014 8:04 PM ET
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I prefer the NIV Thompson Chain Reference Bible. Been using it for years.

Date Posted: 1/15/2014 12:23 PM ET
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Charles, thanks for the book recommendation. I am now enjoying God's Secretaries.

Date Posted: 1/16/2014 5:18 AM ET
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One thing I learned when I read that book was the involvement of King James. I had always assumed he was just a sort of figurehead of the times and had his name put on the Bible. He apparently was very knowledgeable about the Bibles in use at the time.

Date Posted: 1/31/2014 5:11 PM ET
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Growing up Catholic my favorite Christian bible by far was The New Jerusalem.  I highly recommend it for it's poetic language and extensive footnoting.

Date Posted: 2/9/2014 10:17 AM ET
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Grew up Catholic.  Much prefer New American Version (Saint Joseph's).

Date Posted: 3/23/2015 9:06 PM ET
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hmmmm...The Torah!

Date Posted: 4/30/2015 3:50 PM ET
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I like the KJV because of how its written but I sometimes have to reference moms NIV to understand what is being said. Truthfully I need to read more.