Helpfulness of multiple versions of the Bible

Are the various versions/translations of the Bible helpful for us? See my opinion on this in my blog entry in A Blog of a Courageous Father, entitled Helpfulness of multiple versions of the Bible.

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Helpfulness of multiple versions of the Bible

Helpfulness of multiple versions of the Bible

I personally believe that it is a good idea to see what other version of the Bible say. You may get a better context of what that scripture or verse says by viewing it in a different version. I always hear that the King James Version is the only Bible. I do not agree.

They base that on as being the original Bible. The original Bible was in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, not English. KJV was printed for King James in plain Old English. Same time Shakespeare was around. English wasn’t known, spoken or heard of at the time the Bible was written.
Stack of Bibles - multiple versions of the Bible

Actually the true original King James Bible is from 1611 and it is very hard to understand. The King James Bible, that we have today and use is a revised version.

Even in Discipleship Training class on Sunday Nights, we often read other translations if available.

I use mainly the New King James (NKJV). There are various of English translations that can help us better understand God’s Word. If you compared the verses in several translations sometimes you will see various word differences. I do also use the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) too.

The Bible is God’s Word. It is His Holy Word.

Submit up, one version may help explain it better or the context can seem plainer than another version. But, there are some versions that leave out key verses. One thing to make sure in a version that it does say about the virgin birth.

The Multiple Translations can helps us with God’s Word: Read It! Study It! Memorize It!

What version of the Bible do you read and why?

First published June 25, 2012. Republishing with edits and additions on August 16, 2015.

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2 thoughts on “Helpfulness of multiple versions of the Bible

  1. I use a parallel Bible that has the KJV…RSV…NIV…and the Living Translation side by side, and I do find that the Word becomes clearer with multiple versions. The Hebrew language itself has multiple meanings to not just words but letters….showing forth ever deeper meaning to the Word.

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