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Exploring Faith: A Journey Through Different Bible Versions

Have you ever asked yourself why some people read Bibles and others do not? Many people need to read it more regularly. However, there are plenty of reasons to read it multiple times. God reveals himself and his messages to each of us through the Bible. If you remain doubtful, this guide will lead you through faith in every book of the Bible and help you find a spiritual journey appropriate for your life.

Understanding the Importance of Different Bible Versions

Bibles have 66 books; one is different from the other. Every book is the Word of God. There are events, prophecies, poetry, and Jesus–the people always appear at certain times in every book. This diversity makes it impossible to be a literal believer, say some scholars and non-believers. Their exposition reveals that different languages have incorrectly translated or omitted something important.

Initially written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, Jewish scholars compiled a standardized text from the differing manuscripts. Can you imagine copying by hand for over 300,00 words of the Old Testament? No spell-check was there at that time! Even scholars had to guess punctuation. Human error was not avoidable altogether, requiring checks and corrections at every opportunity.

Therefore, more versions became accessible to readers. We use the Bible for various purposes, such as daily devotionals, studying, sharing verses, preaching, and more. Trying to fulfill all these needs with just one Bible version would be challenging. It is important to note that while there are different translations, they don’t diminish the authority of the Word of God. Each scribe and prophet contributed to the Bible’s messages and was inspired by God. People pursuing an associate degree in biblical studies are more aware of this.

It is essential to know the different versions available to explore the hidden gems. There are four main types of translations, and let’s break them down.

Formal Equivalence translations aim to stick as closely as possible to the original text, word for word. It is noble because it maintains precision. However, it assumes readers understand the cultural and linguistic context.

Dynamic Equivalence translations, like the Good News Bible or New Living Translation, focus on thought-for-thought rather than word-for-word. They aim to convey meaning and evoke emotional responses while feeling more natural in the language used.

Mixed Translations combine word-for-word and thought-for-thought approaches based on what fits best for each section of text.

Paraphrases retell scriptures using someone’s words and refine the messages. This version adds freshness to ancient texts and can be an excellent companion for devotional reading, particularly for those who want to see things with new eyes.

What Bibles Should One Use to Explore Faith?

Perhaps you know about which Bible translation works best for you. If you are doubtful, this guide will help with the process of choosing the perfect Bible version.

  • First, think about why you want a Bible. When you reflect on why, it will let you know the perfect version. For example, are you looking for one to aid in more serious study, devotion each day, or just something kids can use? Each version has its characteristics–everyday commentary and colorful stories for all purposes.
  • Second, how do you intend to use the Bible? Reading versions like NIV, CSB, or AMP will be better for devotionals new to Christianity. The translations provide both dynamic and functional equivalence. If you have been doing this for a while now, reading the ESV and NKJV every day may be more your style.
  • Third, examine the unique characteristics of Bibles since these will also make reading easier. Features like cross-references, footnotes, maps, and reading plans can be helpful. Pick a Bible with resources that suit you best.
  • Last, there are two main types of Bible translations: literal (word-for-word) ones like the English Standard Version (ESV) and thought-for-thought ones like the New Living Translation (NLT). The first is great for studying, while the second is perfect for daily reading and devotions.


Now is the perfect time to start reading Bibles. You can consider buying a new Bible or kicking off that Bible study. Bible reading is a spiritual habit, so let’s approach it with discipline if you are struggling with the motivation to read, pray, and ask God to spark that desire for His word. So, arrange a specific time each day to read, making it a priority. Get folks who can keep you on track with a reading plan. You could even buddy up with someone to start a plan together.