What is your primary English translation?

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Gary Osborne | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 25 2017 6:25 PM

1.  NASB

2.  NKJV

3.  NIV ('84)

4.  LEB

5.  NLT

I feel like that grouping gives me a diverse enough set to work with.  Literal translations from both the CR and TR, along with a solid dynamic equivalent and updated semi-paraphrase without going off the reservation entirely (i.e. Message).  

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Russel Taylor | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 26 2017 12:35 PM

In Logos, I normally use EOB:NT, RSV2CE, KJV + Apocrypha, and NABRE.  For the LXX versions of the Old Testament, I normally use Brenton or Lexham English Septuagint.  I hope that Faithlife produces the Orthodox Study Bible soon, despite its lousy 'Gathering Interest' status (and it had better be more than just the Notes, as the title implies!)

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Kiyah | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 27 2017 6:24 AM

I primarily use the NRSV because I'm in seminary and that's what my professors require for in-class reading and for the papers that we write.  I have come to actually prefer it over other translations because it's a good all-purpose translation (devotional reading, study/exegesis, teaching/preaching, congregational reading, etc).  I mostly used the NIV before I started school since that's what my previous church used and that is the bible that I used as a young adult beginning to study the bible for myself.

Here are my top bibles:

1. NRSV - Balance b/t Formal/Dynamic, easy to read, transparency in footnotes to textual issues, has the Apocrypha, scholarly, incorporates DSS

2. LEB - I've been using this a lot more lately to check my translations from the Greek

3. ESV - Similar to the NRSV in structure but evangelical theological perspective, great comparison text for the NSRV

4. NABRE - Detailed helpful footnotes, different (catholic) theological perspective

5. JPS Tanakh - Great comparison text for OT study (I wish Logos would make a reverse interlinear for it), Jewish perspective, MT textual basis

6. CEB - Uses non-traditional language for theological terms, fresh translation, easy to read, has the Apocrypha


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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 27 2017 7:17 AM

NKJV, NASB 1977 & 95, NIV1984 and Jewish NT plus Tanak.  The only old English Bible that I use is the ASV 1901. 

 Surprisingly some places won't hire you unless you use KJ 1611 or ASV 1901 funny 😂 


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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 28 2017 1:34 PM

My top three are ESV, CJB and TLV in Logos. I am starting to use Fox's Five Books of Moses for Parashah readings

I can't work at all anymore without looking at the Greek text for any length of time. It's not a matter of having good translations. I can't even explain it. I always see something better.

The mind of man is the mill of God, not to grind chaff, but wheat. Thomas Manton | Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow. Richard Baxter

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Liam Maguire | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 28 2017 11:16 PM

For reading, studying, preaching, etc. I use the NIV2011. Sure it isn't perfect but I believe it does a good job of balancing accuracy and meaning. This balance is primary for me in a bible translation.

In the Text Comparison tool I use the following in this order (reflecting the translation spectrum).

1. ESV

2. CSB

3. NIV2011

4. NCV

5. NLT

A note for all those praising their word for word versions (nothing wrong with that) can I refer you to Bill Mounce's plea for us to stop using the word 'literal' when what we really mean is word-for-word: https://billmounce.com/monday-with-mounce/what-%E2%80%9Caccurate%E2%80%9D-translation

Cheers. Liam ;-)

Carpe verbum.

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 29 2017 2:28 AM

For personal use, I prefer the NASB95. I have used the ESV occasionally but see little advantage to it over the NASB95. The audio ESV in Logos is nice though.

Otherwise, I have to use the NRSV because it is used more widely in academic settings. It is also handy to consult the deuterocanonical books as needed. 

I use the NIV only in services because this is the text my church uses. 

Every blue moon or so, I may read in the NLT for a change. I find it useful to get through more tedious sections (long genealogies, census lists and descriptions of the tabernacle and temple measurements, construction, and furniture). 

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