Decisions, Decisions… Selecting a Bible

Today we will be discussing how to select a Bible. I know that it seems somewhat silly to bring up the topic, however, there are some basic points that need to be addressed. To begin with, open it up. Any Bible worth its salt will have both Old and New Testaments, the Psalms and Proverbs. Many “pocket edition” Bibles contain only the New Testament and Psalms. These only tell some of the story. You want the whole story. For a point of reference, pocket Bibles tend to be about 250-350 pages long depending on font size and indenting, whereas a full Holy Bible weighs in at 1,000+ pages.

Next, you want to select an edition that is easy to read and speaks to you. The Word of God cannot reach you if you can’t read it, or if deciphering the vernacular makes you want to throw your Bible out of the window when you read it. Consider font size & indenting, translation (e.g. NIV vs. KJV) and familiarity. If you are being taught a particular version at your church home, it might be in your best interest to stick with it, as that is the version that will make the most sense to you.

In the next article, I will go into the pros and cons of each translational variation and discuss the differences in each. Specifically covered will be the KJV/AKJV, NIV, MSG and VOICE Bibles. Have a beautiful day and good luck in selecting your Bible!

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