Which version of the Bible should I buy? This is pretty much the same question as is dealt with in the previous post, “Which version of the Bible should I Use?” It is almost the same as which version of the Bible is the best.
- Be Comfortable with it
Given that the Bibel is the inspired word of God, and as Timothy says; “….all scripture is God-breathed; and is useful for correction, instruction…” etc; then it doesn’t matter which version you use, so long as you are comfortable with the language in it. What is important is that you use a version that has English (or whatever language) usage that doesn’t confuse you with old fashioned, or obscure terms.
- The Best Bible is the nearest one!
Buy a version that uses language you understand. It is that simple! To be blunt: the “best” Bible is the nearest one! What does matter is that you use it, and of course it is important that you use it prayerfully, so that the Holy Spirit of God can minister to you while you read and thereby enrich your understanding.
- ‘Hear’ God Talking
One preference that matters with me, is using the same version as my local fellowship. I believe that this matters, because people will more easily recognize quotations, if they all come from the same version. Identifying scripture passages as ‘coming from the Bible’ is helpful because we can ‘hear God’ talking to us if we have identified a given passage as being from the Bible.
So if you ask yourself which version of the Bible is right for me? You can be assured that that it is an easily answered question. Just pick one you like the look of and start in and use it!