Which Version of the Bible should I use? This question comes up from time to time, and there are as many different answers as there are different versions of the Holy Bible.
- King James Bible version
Some will argue that the original King James Bible version is more accurate, and some will argue that the King James Bible language is so out of date as to be almost impossible to understand. Americans tend to stick to the ASV(American Standard Version) which names God as “Jehovah”, rather than the slightly confusing “Lord”, so prolific in other translations. It contains some archaic word forms, but is still much easier to understand than the old KJV.
- Bible online
I tend to use the online Bible today because it is so easy to copy and paste anything I want to refer to later on. Having the Bible online is so good when it comes to searching for some text you can’t quite remember where to find. I used to have a disk with a lot of different translations and versions, but it took up a bit of space, and didn’t always work properly. Today there are many sites offering the Bible “online”, and it is faster to click their icon on my desktop, and start right in browsing.
- Bible Commentarty, School, Lessons and Studies
Bible study with the World Wide Web is so easy when you can use any Bible commentary you fancy, attend Bible school, and do any Bible studies, take any Bible lessons you want – all on line, and all FREE!
- All Scripture is God-breathed
However, to get back to the original question: “Which Version of the Bible should I use?” Here is the answer. It is quite irrelevant which version you use, provided you allow the Holy Spirit of God to illumine the Word as you read. Our God is perfectly able to make you understand what He means, regardless of your reading ability, or what version you use. As the Word says in 2 Timothy 3:16; “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…..” If you take that on board, then it follows that however you may be sampling His Word, IT WILL WORK!
- The Secret Revealed!!
So this it what you do…. “then grab your Bible [any Bible], and head for your quiet place and just ‘wait on Him‘; and His Truth will be revealed to you. By all means buy a Bible version or Bible translation that you are comfortable with, but don’t worry about whether it is ‘accurate’ or not – the only thing for you to be concerned about is your own understanding of what you are reading therein. If you are being ‘helped’ by the Holy Spirit of God as you read, your understanding will be perfect!