Have you ever read the Bible? If you have, which version is your favorite?
July 19, 2007 7:06pm CST
One of the most important books a person can ever own or read is the Bible. It is the bestselling Book of all time, and best of all, it is God's Word! There are a number of versions of the Bible out there for people today to read--word-for-word literal versions (like the King James Version or the American Standard Version), thought-for-thought versions (like the New International Version--NIV, or the Complete Jewish Bible--CJB), or paraphrases (like the New Living Bible). My favorites are the King James Version (KJV) and the CJB, which helps me understand the Jewishness of the Bible. I also have software that I downloaded for free (the software designer takes donations). My version of the software has about 30 translations, around 15 Bible commentaries, 3 Greek and Hebrew word studies, and Bible dictionaries, maps, etc. I like to sit at my computer while I read my Bible so I can access this useful software to do word studies, compare translations, get maps, or read what one of the commentators has written to get a different perspective on a verse that I am thinking about. Have you ever read the Bible? If so, what's your favorite version? Do you use a "hardcopy" or do you use online Bible resources or Bible software? I'd like to hear your input!
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• Cebu City, Philippines
20 Jul 07
Hello asl! I read the Bible and my favorite is the NIV, maybe I haveno choice coz its the version that my Bible Study leader gave to me six years ago. Its an old and new testament Bible and it has been my source of strength and my refuge. When I am at work and I read the Bible on line and read also the daily bread online, I have seen the importance of reading the Bible everyday and reminding ourselves of God's love and mercy through His word. Its more important than the food we take in everyday for its God's word. I hope that we too can have the strong feelings for God like being in love to our romantic significant other, that we get so excited to hear his message for us each day, that we long to talk to him and look forward talking to Him in our prayers. Its not a religion but a relationship that is the most important in our christian life our walk with God, and it is through His word that we get to know Him better and grow in love.
• United States
21 Jul 07
Hello Zelmarq, I completely agree with you! I also read the Bible every day and talk to the LORD in an intimate way because that is His desire--that we be His children and He our Good and Great Father, Jesus Christ being our brother and our Great High Priest--Scripture even states that we are "seated with Christ in the heavenly places" where He "is seated at the right hand of God the Father." Awesome to think about and set our minds on! Thank you for your excellent discussion.