How to buy a Bible and which version?

The most accurate translation according to many is those of the Lockman Foundation; they are the Amplified version and the New American Standard.  If you are going to pay $75.00 for a Bible you want one which will last.  Larger print is good for both tired eyes and for wide margins for writing notes.  After all, you can expect God to speak to you when you read His word, and you’ll want to record that.

Another standard is the New King James which has all the old, familiar words but old fashioned words are eliminated, such as looketh, thee, thou, many words not currently in use.  Unfortunately that also means you may lose some of the meaning.  Thou means one person and thee means you’all, and sometimes that makes a difference in interpretation.

You can also find a dozen versions in many languages on Bible Gateway.com.  Of course you can’t write on it!  But you can print it out with fat margins and double space for more notes.

The Message is a very modern, almost ‘mod’ version but it is also clear and readable for teens.  The Jerusalem Bible is a translation for Catholics which is good too.  Many Bibles have footnotes which are helpful.  A red letter version, Jesus’ words are in red, is esp. good for new Bible readers.

There are many denominational versions popular with particular churches such as NIV, Dake’s Bible, you can check them all for size of type and notes.  The Phillip’s New Testament is popular; he died before finishing the Old Testament.

A concordance is a must and you will get maps too most of the time.  Israel is the size of tiny little New Jersey.  That makes the Middle East War more frightening.

A leather binding is expensive but it will last a very long time.  My leather cover bit the dust after about 36 years.  In addition a large book with a hard cover is hard to read; pages flip back together if you put it down and it is heavy to boot.  So the supple cover is better.

Finally several Bible societies also print inexpensive paperback bibles, occasionally just the New Testament, but be sure to look for Psalms and Proverbs since these are popular with everyone. And you canfind many Bibles online at BibleGateway.com.

If the Bible scares you, read the Proverbs 1st, or the book of John, or any of the little John books to get your feet week.  Blessings will follow.

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