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Todd Hinton | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Dec 15 2013 4:31 AM

I use the NASB to read from and to study from most of the time.  I like to use the ESV, HCSB, and NKJV for comparative purposed.  Perhaps it is time I grow in my exposure to other good English Bible translations that will offer a different perspective.  Can the forum users provide some suggestions of good English Bibles to work from?

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 15 2013 4:57 AM

Hi Todd

You might find the suggested classification (based on "How to Read the Bible for all it's worth" - https://www.logos.com/product/5421/how-to-read-the-bible-for-all-its-worth) useful - http://community.logos.com/forums/p/70173/496696.aspx#496696

Most of the Bibles you mention are in the "Formal Equivalence" category - you might find it helpful to look at some on the "Functional Equivalence" end. I would suggest the NIV and the NLT

Hope this helps

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 15 2013 5:52 AM

Hello Todd

The first Bible I was given back in 1981 was a KJV, at times it was hard to understand but after keeping at for years I enjoy it.

In Logos the English Bibles I use are the NKJV, LEB, and the HCSB.

The HCSB was my main Bible for the past four years, and after getting Logos I have also used the NKJV, and LEB.

I find the LEB refreshing.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 15 2013 7:32 AM

Todd Hinton:
Can the forum users provide some suggestions of good English Bibles to work from?

A "Dynamic Equivalence" Bible with Jewish insights => https://www.logos.com/product/6645/complete-jewish-bible 

Thread => American Standard Version 1901 - Personal Bible without Chapter and Verse #'s has personal book with a predecessor translation to NASB.  Note: chapter and verse numbers were added to enable quick cross referencing.

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 15 2013 8:33 AM

Todd Hinton:

I use the NASB to read from and to study from most of the time.  I like to use the ESV, HCSB, and NKJV for comparative purposed.  Perhaps it is time I grow in my exposure to other good English Bible translations that will offer a different perspective.  Can the forum users provide some suggestions of good English Bibles to work from?

Todd

I'd also suggest the NIV84 and/or NIV11, along with the NLT (which is so much better than its predecessor the Living Bible). You might also consider the NET Bible (full of helpful notes), the NRSV and, for something very different: The Message. All are helpful in teasing out stuff from the text that can be easy to miss. Don't dismiss The Message outright. Obviously, it's not a good resource for expository preaching, but the rephrasing of the Scriptures was done from the Greek, and sometimes captures things other translations miss. I always find it a helpful way to think about the text in a different way. It's not always right, but then neither is any other version (IMHO, of course).

If you read a second language, even if you struggle to do so, I highly recommend using a Bible or two in that language. It forces you to slow down for one thing, and it makes you think about the text in ways that bring out different aspects of what's going on. One big advantage for reading in Spanish, e.g., is that "you" singular and "you" plural are distinguished. That can be very, very helpful at times.

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Alan Macgregor | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 15 2013 8:40 AM

Todd

In addition to the others, which are worth reading why not try these two.

The NEB (New English Bible) https://www.logos.com/product/24552/the-new-english-bible-with-the-apocrypha and REB (Revised English Bible) https://www.logos.com/product/24537/the-revised-english-bible-with-the-apocrypha recently made available in Logos are both distinctive as they were translations commissioned by the major British denominations and most, if not all, the translators were British biblical scholars. They are both worth reading for comparison. I like the elegant, literary English they employ.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 15 2013 3:20 PM

Richard DeRuiter:
One big advantage for reading in Spanish, e.g., is that "you" singular and "you" plural are distinguished.

Noticed Amplified Bible has "you ... all" for plural "you" in John 3:7

The American Standard Version (ASV) of 1901 has "thee" ("you" singular) and Ye ("you" plural) in John 3:7

By the way, clicking Bible Text Only in three circle menu changes formatting to be similar to NASB.

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N/A | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 15 2013 3:26 PM

I agree about the 1989 Revised English Bible, as does Unix - it's his preferred version and he's been increasingly using it for 9 years.

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Todd Hinton | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 16 2013 5:17 AM

Thank you all for the good responses.  I appreciate it

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