Here at WORDsearch, we have dozens upon dozens of different Bible translations. Each in its own unique way is designed to share the Gospel with the world. Due to it being Bible Appreciation Month, a few of the our employees decided to share what their personal favorite Bible translation is and why, along with a key verse that’s special to them in that respective translation.
Austin Bush –“Over the past two years, I’ve really enjoyed the transition over to my now most preferred Bible translation – the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). What is most appealing to me is that I feel the original text has been preserved, yet it is written in such a way that is very clear to comprehend. Out of all the Bibles that I’ve read, I find that I get much more out of my studies when using the HCSB and would highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t yet viewed the translation.”
Proverbs 3:5 (HCSB) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.
-I get thousands of excellent grammatical, cultural and historical notes (see the notes on Psalm 23 – WOW!)
-I get thousands of notes that explain why the scholars made the translation choice they did, and this often leads to an understanding of why there are so many variants among Bible versions
-It went through a transparent beta process that allowed the editorial team to refine their work
-The ministry behind the NET is awesome
-Asher, my cat, loves the NET too”
Psalm 23:6 (NET) Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all my days, and I will live in the LORD’s house for the rest of my life.
Mike Cooper –“Some of my earliest memories of my life were of my grandmother B.B. reading me the Bible. I can still vividly see her night stand with a big green Living Bible, and a paperback Bible with newspapers all over it, which at the time was called the Good News to Modern Man. Over time, this Bible has been known as the Good News, Today’s English Version, and recently the Good News Translation. It’s one of my favorite Bibles to use for devotional reading, and it always has a little different perspective when comparing many versions at once on a verse or passage.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 (TEV) Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.
Terry VanSomeren – “I’ve studied from most of today’s Bible translations and the New King James Version is my favorite for at least three reasons. First, it reminds me of the traditional King James Version that is so familiar to us because the KJV is probably the most quoted Bible of all time. Second, it’s extremely easy to read and sounds like we speak today. Third, the NKJV is more of a word-for-word translation, rather than a “dynamic equivalent.” While both types of translations have their place, I prefer the word-for-word approach because as I take studies deeper (with my WORDsearch software), it’s easier to follow in language tools like Greek and Hebrew interlinears. I’ve found the NKJV to be an inspiring translation and quite accurate to the original text.”
Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
Kelli Kelly –“The Living Bible translation is one of my favorites because that is the Bible I received when I came to know Christ as my Lord and Savior. I was 11 years old and I used this Bible all through my teenage years to study God’s Word. This translation is easy to understand.”
James 1:18 (TLB) And it was a happy day for him when he gave us our new lives through the truth of his Word, and we became, as it were, the first children in his new family.
AJ Maese – “La Biblia: Palabra de Dios para Todos” es una traducción de la Biblia que ha sido un gran benéfico a mis estudios bíblicos. Cuando leo el texto bíblico, es importante para mi leer una traducción que refleja los nuevos descubrimientos de la crítica textual de la Biblia. Esta versión de la Biblia hace esto en una manera clara para que el lector pueda entender La Palabra de Dios mejor.”
Jos.1:9 (LBPDT) Te repito: sé fuerte y valiente. No tengas miedo ni te desanimes porque el SEÑOR tu Dios estará contigo donde quiera que vayas».
Katie Cornett – “Growing up Presbyterian, we were each given a copy of the NRSV when we were in 8th grade, when we started our Confirmation class. We had a teacher named Ms. Kay, and she had a reputation for being strict, so we were all a little nervous before it started. I found out yes, she was strict, but diligently reading the Bible and doing my homework changed my life and showed me who Jesus really is. I’ve used different translations over the years, but the NRSV is home to me, and I appreciate how it was carefully translated and has language I can understand. ”
Isaiah 49:16 (NRSV) “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.”
Curt Hendley– “I grew up with the KJV, and most of the verses I know from memory are from that translation. So modern translations often leave me cold due to what feels like “dumbed down” language, though the antiquated words and sentence structure of the KJV still bewilder me at times. I switched to the NASB (’77) in my teens, finding it to be a good balance between modern and ancient. In 2000 I was working for a book publisher in New York and could buy books very cheaply, so more or less on a whim I picked up a copy of the ESV. I was immediately taken with the way it modernized the vocabulary while maintaining the poetry and sacred feel of the scripture I read as a child, even more than the NASB. It soon became my translation of choice.”
Psalm 19:14 (ESV) Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
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