Which Bible should I use?

I gave a talk on which English Bible translation is the best one to use at Learning to Serve yesterday. If you are interested, my PowerPoint presentation (complete with typos) is available here. However, even if you don’t want to download the full presentation (and I wouldn’t blame you) I would like to give you the definitive statement on which is the best English translation of the Bible to use…

The best English translation is: The one you are most likely to read and profit from!

Questions of translation philosophy, choice of manuscript and use of English are all important, but the most important thing is that we are reading God’s word and growing through it. Far better to be reading a less highly regarded translation than to be having the latest and greatest version sitting gathering dust on the shelf.

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