posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 11:57 PM
I know that there are so many Bibles to choose from, it can be overwhelming.
Many verses have been changed from version to version. There are word for word translations, such as King James to New King James; then there are the
thought for thought versions, where they translate only the idea that the original author was trying to convey.
Personally, I believe that the New King James is the best of both worlds.
Not too many thee's and thou's, and is still very acurate and easier to read than the original King James.
I do not recommend the NIV, New Living Translation, or "The Message" as the latter two are only paraphrases and are not very accurate.
Let me give you an example of an NIV vs. the origainal King James:
1 John 5:7-8 (New International Version)
7For there are three that testify: 8the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
1 John 5:7-8 (King James Version)
7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
New King James has the correct wording also.
If you wanted to prove the idea of the Trinity, and you had one of the other Bibles, you would be at a loss.
Here's the same passage in "The Message" :
A triple testimony: 8 the Spirit, the Baptism, the Crucifixion. And the three in perfect agreement.
Verse 7 is bearly there at all!!!!
Pray about it, and ask God to guide you in your purchase.
Sincerely, in Christ, Just Me 2