What are your Top 5 Bible Translations in 2021 and why?

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P A | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Jan 5 2021 9:08 AM

What are your Top 5 Bible Translations in 2021 and why?

Thanks just curious Smile

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 9:56 AM

My translation choices don't really change much from year to year. My congregation uses the Complete Jewish Bible as the standard for parashah and sermon readings as a Messianic group. I've never completely liked it, so I often supplement it with quotations from the Tree of Life Version. My daily Bible readings and much of my own personal use gets the New King James Version. I love the KJV but it's not the easiest to work with everyday. The ESV has long been my standard Bible for straight Bible study.  

I should point out that all of this becomes kind of topping because I won't say much of anything about verse without at least using an Exegetical Guide and an OL text or two to see where a translation receives its foundation.

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Aaron Hayworth | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 10:19 AM
  1. NIV2011
  2. RSV
  3. REB
  4. NRSV
  5. NLT
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John5796 | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 10:23 AM

KJV

ASV

NASB

ESV

NKJV

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James Amos | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 11:13 AM

1. CSB

2. NASB

3. ESV

4. LEB

5. NIV

I have found out that I can consume more in one sitting when I use the CSB. It is easier for me to read and understand, so I use this one a lot. The other 4 I use when I'm trying to get a holistic understanding of a verse or passage.

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Gary Osborne | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 11:23 AM

1. NASB 

2. NKJV

3. CSB

4. NIV ('84)

5. LEB

I prefer a literal translation, but also like to consult dynamic equivalents, as long as they too lean toward the literal as opposed to a paraphrase.

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Kiyah | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 11:24 AM

1. NRSV

2. ESV

3. NIV

4. CSB

5. NET

The first two are always the same. The other three get swapped out a lot depending on what I'm working on. The NASB also frequently makes an appearance in my top five. I've been using the NET bible more since I have the reverse interlinear for it now and it has such detailed notes. I've also been using the NIV a lot more lately since I'm out of school and do a lot more personal reading versus exegetical papers and I'm following some bible teachers that are using it right now. The CSB is a good comparison text, and it's new so I'm trying to familiarize myself with it. I use the NRSV because it's a good all-purpose translation for personal reading, in-depth study/scholarship, contains the apocrypha, and it's accurate and ecumenical/non-sectarian. I like the ESV because it's similar to the NRSV in structure/language but slightly more literal (sometimes) and comes from a different theological perspective than the NRSV. So I most frequently have the NRSV and ESV open together, and then I pull in other translations as needed. 

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Mike Prewitt | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 11:43 AM

1. NIV (2011)

2. ESV

3. NLT

4. CSB

5. LEB

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P A | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 1:27 PM

For me the top 5 at the moment go something like this...

1) ESV  good for study, elegant,  harder to understand, which forces the reader to work out the interpretation for themselves...

2) NIV 2011  Good middle of the road, general purpose bible, although sometimes can be a bit bland.

3) NLT Easy to read translation, does the interpretation for you (but is it right?), opposite of ESV

4) NASB 1995 more word for word, sometimes a bit wooden.  I am currently using this bible to read  through the whole bible, as I have never read through it before. Good to mix things up.

5) NRSV mainline translation, a lot of scholars prefer it.  Good alternative to ESV for theological interpretation.

***Bonus translation  The Lexham English Septuagint  good alternative for comparison of old testament based on Greek text.

There are many good translations, I think it always best to prefer translations done by committees over one by one person. 

Next year I might read through NKJV when I finish NASB,  

Has anyone switched from NKJV to MEV?

Just my thoughts, the best bible is the one you read...

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Aaron Sauer | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 1:33 PM

CSB - Readable, Reliable, Accurate

CSB - Readable, Reliable, Accurate

CSB - Readable, Reliable, Accurate

CSB - Readable, Reliable, Accurate

CSB - Readable, Reliable, Accurate

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 1:47 PM
  1. ESV
  2. CSB
  3. LEB
  4. NIV
  5. NASB

Why is an interesting question. I think that primarily because I consider these to be the best overall Bible translations for study and for text comparison.

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P A | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 1:52 PM

Yes I intend to read through the CSB one year

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 2:08 PM

Mainly, I use NABRE (plus good notes) and NRSV (matches my paper Oxford).

But for translation patterns, I use Text Comparison with maybe 40 translations sorted by date, showing the general trend. Between the TC tool, and Logos re-publishing the older works, it's really quite nice. Need Bishop's (missing link).

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Kiyah | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 3:01 PM

mab:
so I often supplement it with quotations from the Tree of Life Version.

I wish that Faithlife had made the TLV a part of their New Year's Sale with the other bibles. They only put on sale the ones I already own (that I'm sure many of us already own if we have a larger library).

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Kiyah | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 3:07 PM

Bruce Dunning:
Why is an interesting question. I think that primarily because I consider these to be the best overall Bible translations for study and for text comparison.

What are your thoughts on the NET Bible?

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 3:29 PM

Kiyah:

Bruce Dunning:
Why is an interesting question. I think that primarily because I consider these to be the best overall Bible translations for study and for text comparison.

What are your thoughts on the NET Bible?

I read the NET Bible several years ago and really enjoyed it. It is actually number 6 on my prioritized list.

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 4:48 PM

My top 5 Bibles are prioritized as:

  1. NIV: familiar, good turn of phrase, reasonably true to the original most of the time
  2. ESV: better at retaining Hebrew idioms (so I use this mostly in the Old Testament)
  3. NRSV: mostly so the deutero-canonical books show up in my searches
  4. KJV: mostly so the old words I grew up on show up in my searches
  5. NLT: because my work required me to use this, though it's very poor at communicating the ancient sense (way too interpretative with its particular theological bent).

Mostly I'll have an interlinear open beside the English translation: USB Greek, Lexham Hebrew, Lexham LXX (because these 3 play well together).

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Ben | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 4:52 PM

How are you sorting translations by date?

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 5:32 PM

Not much has changed since I try to read several translations when studying a text, but here are top 5 with a new one added:

1.  The For Everyone Bible — translates key verses correctly!

2.  NASB 1977, 1995, 2020 and its equivalents in Spanish LBLA, NBLA, NBLH I’ve always used these.

3.  CSB I like how it reads

4.  NKJV I’ve always used it.

5.  NIV 1984, 2010 and NVI Spanish some expressions in Spanish are super awesome!

After that NA28 and Lexham Hebrew Bible along with the Septuagint in Greek and Hebrew NT

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 5 2021 5:39 PM

Ben:

How are you sorting translations by date?

I sort by date by changing the resource title.

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