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I started to buy a new Bible the other day (because my old one is about worn out), but I ended up too confused to make a decision. Between all the different translations and then the various study Bibles, there were just too many choices. How can I find the right one?


Congratulations on wearing out your Bible! Far too many Bibles, I’m afraid, get put on the shelf almost as soon as they are bought. But the Bible wasn’t meant to be a decoration! Paul told us to take “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17)—and a sword is meant to be used.

Yes, we are blessed with many new translations and editions of the Bible (something very few languages have today). Thank God for them—and then ask Him to help you choose one that will be helpful to you. Your pastor may have some suggestions, and your local Christian bookstore or other seller should be able to guide you to the more popular editions. Study Bibles include some historical background or explain a passage’s meaning.

Although I value the old King James Version, I also encourage people to use an accurate modern translation so that the Bible’s meaning is clear. Be sure you can read the type; I have sometimes said that small type is one of the devil’s favorite tricks!

Most of all, ask God to help you apply the Bible’s truth to your life every day. The Bible says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22).

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  1. Ronald Rickard says:

    I love the Bible. It is alive. It is not just a book, Jesus is the Word. It is God in print. I have about 30 different translations. From Douey Rheims to New World translation. Any translation has the Gospel. I have King James, ASV 1901, plus several modern translations. I love the Bible more than any book.

  2. Randall Davis says:

    Love all of you in Jesus Name, Thanks for the help.

  3. Julie says:

    I have heard that the NIV is not an accurate translation ie: it does use all verses ands just in general not a good one. Is this true?

  4. Dave Gale says:

    I read daily in a calendar put out by my church ( Baptist ) and am reading different versions but is there one version I can pick up for daily reading that is sound and understandable. KJV is the big one and since I know its word-for-word I wont be led astray but there must be another. Any thoughts would of great help. Thank you

  5. Deloris Barrier says:

    I bought a new King James Bible and started reading it, but it had extra words added to explain a word or praise. Does this mean what the Lord said about adding or taking away the words in this book? Now I’m afraid to read the new one.

    1. Kim H says:

      Deloris, I found this and thought it might answer your question. God bless you.

  6. Steven says:

    Let Jesus guide you as you pray and I know He will show you what is best

  7. Roger Wheece says:

    The KJV is my favorite, some of the newer bible’s seem to change some of the meanings in the scriptures and eliminate some scripture’s totally, I guess it can be buyer be aware, ask Jesus for help.

  8. Sharon Faulkner says:

    It’s the KJV for me–and has been since I was 14 years old. Other versions are nice too though.

  9. Evelyn Murphy says:

    When I began reading my bible,I was reading NKJ. I wasn’t getting much out of it. I did a lot of research and found the NLT was very readable and now I love reading my bible. Although, the bible stores have tons of KJV