In 2016 What is the priority order of your Top 10 Bibles in Logos and why?

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 14 2016 6:21 PM

I can't remember if I have Bibles prioritized; I never use prioritized. My favorites are embedded in my layout per testament, DSS, and so forth. And searches, etc are sorted by grouped translations (also in compare text).

That said, I really like the ease of changing my preferred popup Bible (top 1) depending on what I'm working on (Homepage; last 3 shown with quick search support).  Quite often I like NAB-RE just for the notes, ISV in Isaiah, etc.

"God will save his fallen angels and their broken wings He'll mend."

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Kelvin Niblett | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 14 2016 7:18 PM

My prioritization is as follows;




NIV (2011)

NIV (1984 Anglicised)






The Message






1) My Top prioritized Bible is the NLT as I find this is a great translation to preach from. It reads well and new Christians find this translation easy to understand and read. Being prioritized at 1 it is easy to copy and paste text into sermon notes and church publications

2) The ESV I find the best for my sermon preparation. It is the best translation from the original languages I have found. As a more word-word translation it contrasts nicely with the NLT with is more a thought-thought translation.

3) The NKJV is my trusted first real Bible that shaped me as growing Christian. When I was saved towards the end of high school I was given a level 66 Bible which was a CEV translation, this laid the first foundation down in my life. I was given a nice leather bound  NKJV  Bible by a friend when I was at University and this served me for many years. It is filled with lots of highlighting and penciled in notes in the margins. This for me was familiar, and is also familiar with many in the congregation I pastor. 

4+5) The NIV translation I have never really enjoyed reading (with the exception of a few passages that render well) nonetheless many commentators and authors cite the NIV so this is why I prioritize it so high)

6,7,8) NASB95, NRSV, HCSB.  These I find trustworthy and useful at times

9) CEV This is the translation that our Sunday School and Youth Groups utilize, however I rarely refer to it in exegetical work or in sermon preparation. I will however look at the CEV when i want to clearly communicate a difficult passage using the 'text comparison tool'

10) GW (God's word) I found this a refreshing translation, can't say I use it much, but it offers appears to offer something fresh.

11) The Message there is no benefit for having this prioritized so high apart from the fact it is easy to find when i want to compare with a good paraphrase.

12) AV Many old resources cite the AV/KJV hence the need to have it prioritized.

13+ The others are just filling out the pack - I would have been referring to them for a season or wanting to look at them regularly at some stage.

My main text comparison set is;


I also have another collection I use frequently :

"All English Bibles"

 type:bible AND lang:english    (minus Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis: Latin Transcriptions)

this results in 75 Bibles.

Sometimes I will use this and scan thru the different interpretations translators have used.

In my Christmas day sermon last year i actually used Wycliffe's translation as it communicated it so much clearer into my Australian vernacular, and also allowed me to tackle the Greek construction of the phrase without talking about Greek from the pulpit.

Luke 2:9 (Wycliffe)

And lo! the aungel of the Lord stood bisidis hem, and the cleernesse of God schinede aboute hem; and thei dredden with greet drede.

(Darby says" ‎Lk 2:9 And lo, an angel of the Lord was there by them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they feared with great fear.)

The KJV says "sore afraid"

much nicer than saying they were "terrified" HCSB 

or "filled with great fear" ESV

As much as we carefully prioritize their are some hidden gems that we will never see unless we look hard and study diligently.

After doing on reflection I realised that I also use the CJB (complete Jewish Bible) and the CEB (Common English Bible) frequently and moved them up into 12 and 13 above the AV.


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Matthew Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 15 2016 3:23 AM

I work with Bible translators, but I'm a cross between IT and linguistics. Readability and flow have been important to me as a beginner in Biblical studies, but recently I'm getting more into recognizing textual accuracy. I grew up Presbyterian, but my parents' faith became my own at an Evangelical conference. I'm more connected with Baptists here in Africa, and the local context opens me up to see/understand things my brethren back home wouldn't believe.

1. HCSB: This is the paper Bible I carry, and the smoothest-reading Bible (for me) I've ever had. The New Testament is similar in translation to the NIV84, but with less choppy sentence structure.  The OT, especially the Psalms, is a masterpiece of poetry, meaning, and flow.
Bonus: Apologetic's Study Notes (though I'm finding that I agree less and less on their dismissive interpretations of the spiritual world.)
2. NIV84: Because that's what people around me tend to use, what I grew up with, and what I memorized. The PC spin of NIV11 makes the text awkward.
Bonus: NIV Zondervan Study Notes
3. AMPLIFIED: Another masterpiece of translation which isn't usually good for reading aloud, but great to for diving into the whole meaning of the text.
4. LEB: For textual study in Logos, because none of the above Bibles have complete interlinears. (3 of my Uservoice votes are on HCSB reverse interlinear, which I believe was promised by Bob Pritchett years ago.)
5. ESV: Same as above.
Bonus: ESV Study Notes
6. NOUVELLE BIBLE SEGOND: My favorite French translation (even though it has issues loading in the mobile apps).
7. MESSAGE: For a new look at the text, or for reading a whole book in one sitting.
8. NLT: A Bible I've come to appreciate relativelty recently as my church did a read-through.
8. NAB/NRSV: Because even though I'm a Protestant, my research into historical context has given me occasional need for one Bible with the DC books.
9. JEWISH STUDY BIBLE: For the same reason, Jewish context.
10. OUTLINE BIBLE: Not for reading, but to get an overview of the text.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 15 2016 9:21 AM

P A:

Hi Michael S

Mikael S:
9. 2017 NAS

What does this mean?  NASB 2017?



It's NASB 2016 and is not out yet (probably by this summer according to Lockman foundation).


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P A | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 15 2016 9:30 AM

John Goodman:

P A:

What is the priority order of your Top 10 English Bibles in Logos and why?

Please no links to previous posts or threads I want this to be current (2016)

Thank you

P A Geeked

Why did you ask? Have you found it helpful?

I ask because I want to learn from others. If there is a smarter way of doing things I want to do it.

One thing I have learned from this thread is some people consult the different translations that people read in their congregations. This might seem fairly obvious, but I had not thought of that before.


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P A | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 15 2016 9:58 AM


P A:

Hi Michael S

Mikael S:
9. 2017 NAS

What does this mean?  NASB 2017?



It's NASB 2016 and is not out yet (probably by this summer according to Lockman foundation).


Wow this is Breaking News! Where can I find out more?

P ASmile

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 15 2016 10:35 AM

P A:
Wow this is Breaking News! Where can I find out more?

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 1:26 AM

Of interest for the discussion here: two websites that compare the ESV and NASB and come up on different sides. In the process, both list some very interesting facts to keep in mind about both:

This is not posted for debate, but for information for users who wonder what Bible to use as their default Bible (in the category literal translation).

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