Choosing THE RIGHT BIBLE FOR YOU is one of the most important decisions you will ever make!
Here are a few things to consider as you navigate the MANY options available today…
- TRANSLATION – If you are looking for a literal (word-for-word) interpretation of the original Hebrew, Greek & Aramaic consider the ESV, RSV NAB or NW.
A paraphrase is another option. These are based on the original language(s) but are more focused on capturing the Essence or Spirit of a passage than with translating individual words. If this is what you are looking for consider The Message, TLB, NLT, CEV, GNB or the TEV.
There are also some GREAT choices that fall somewhere in between – like the NIV or NRSV.
If you want to get REALLY DEEP – go for a STUDY BIBLE (they are available in most translations).
These are AWESOME, but generally much heavier as well…
* If you didn’t see YOUR Bible on the list don’t freak out. This handout is not intended to be exhaustive – it’s just a starting point. Look up your translation online to find out more.
* Many people use and compare multiple versions. This is GREAT!
It’s still good to have your “go-to Bible” though.
** If you are looking for a literal interpretation – the King James Version is not the best option (seriously). IF God communicates with you in Ye Olde English though – it’s totally cool.
The most important thing is finding a version that SPEAKS TO YOU!
- COMFORT – By this, I mean a number of different things… Consider a FONT that is easy to read (if your Bible is uncomfortable to read, guess what – you are less likely to read it!)
Consider the SIZE and WEIGHT of your Bible. If we are going to bring it with us to church, work, school, and beach MOBILITY IS KEY!!
There is nothing wrong with factoring in the LOOK of your Bible (or Bible Case).
* Many people are going DIGITAL for their reading material these days…
Totally fine. I still encourage keeping a hard copy though (for a number of reasons).
If you are allergic to paper and a tablet is your only option – make sure you have a Bible APP that allows HIGHLIGHTS, NOTES & BOOKMARKS.
This brings me to my last point – Once you have found YOUR BIBLE continue to make it more and more YOURS! Make notes in the margins (or a Journal); highlight or underline passages that speak to you; note and/or date spiritual experiences or insights as you read; employ colored ribbons, bookmarks or tabs to help you navigate more quickly. Just be open to the NEW THINGS God is waiting to reveal to you!!!