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Bible Translations

The fact that there are so many English Bible translations is both a blessing and a problem. It is a blessing in that the Word of God is available to anyone who needs it in an easy-to-understand, accurate translation. It is a problem in that the different translations can create controversy and problems in

Bible studies, teaching situations, etc.

The differences between the translations can also be a subject of great division within the church body.

Image of Translated Bibles.

It is difficult to say which translation is the "best." "Best" would be determined by a combination of the translation method personally considered best and your interpretation of the textual data underlying your translation.


Best Known Translations
Courtesy of Bible Study Tools (

English Standard Version ESV

The ESV Bible is a relatively new Bible translation that combines word-for-word precision and accuracy with literary excellence, beauty, and readability.

Holman Christian Standard Bible CSB

The HCS is a highly readable, accurate translation written in modern English. It is published by Holman Bible Publishers, the oldest Bible publisher in America.

King James Version KJV

The KJV is the first version of Scripture authorized by the Protestant church and commissioned by England's King James I.

Message Bible MSG

The Message is a paraphrase from the original languages written by Eugene, H. Peterson. The Message provides a fresh and unique Bible-reading experience.

New American Standard Bible NAS

The NAS is written in a formal style, but is more readable than the King James Version. It is highly respected as the most literal English translation of the Bible.

New International Version NIV

The NIV offers a balance between a word-for-word and thought-for-thought translation and is considered by many as a highly accurate and smooth-reading version of the Bible in modern English.

New King James Version NKJV

The NKJ is a modern language update of the original King James Version. It retains much of the traditional interpretation and sentence structure of the KJV.

New Living Translation NLT

Using modern English, the translators of the NLT focused on producing clarity in the meaning of the text rather than creating a literal, word-for-word equivalence. Their goal was to create a clear, readable translation while remaining faithful to the original texts.

New Revised Standard NRS

The New Revised Standard is a popular translation that follows the traditions of the King James and Revised Standard Versions. It was written to preserve the best of the older versions while incorporating modern English.


Other Translations


The Bible in Basic English BBE

Common English Bible CEB

The Complete Jewish Bible CJB

Good News Translation GNT

GOD'S WORD Translation GW

Hebrew Names Version HNV

Jubilee Bible 2000 JUB

Lexham English Bible LEB

New Century Version NCV

New International Reader's Version NIRV

Orthodox Jewish Bible OJB

Third Millennium Bible TMB

World English Bible WEB

Young's Literal Translation YLT

Older Translations

American Standard Version ASV

The Darby Translation DBY

Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible RHE

Revised Standard Version RSV

Tyndale TYN

The Latin Vulgate VUL

The Webster Bible WBT

Wycliffe WYC

New Testament Only

SBL Greek New Testament SBLG

Weymouth New Testament WNT


Chinese Union Version - Traditional CUV

Chinese Union Version - Pinyin CUVP

Chinese Union Version - Simplified CUVS


Statenvertaling (Dutch) SVV


Louis Segond 1910 (French) LSG

Ostervald (French) OST


Elberfelder 1905 (German) ELB

Luther Bible 1912 (German) LUT


Giovanni Diodati 1649 (Italian) GDB

Riveduta 1927 (Italian) RIV


Almeida Atualizada (Portuguese) AA

Nova Versão Internacional NVIP


La Biblia de las Américas (Español) BLA

La Biblia del Jubileo 2000 JBS

Nueva Traducción Viviente NTV

Nueva Versión Internacional NVI

La Biblia Reina-Valera (Español) RVR

Sagradas Escrituras (1569) (Español) SEV

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