Which Translation or Version of the Bible should I use?


Which Translation or Version of the Bible should I use?

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Questions Answered

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This is a question almost every Christian encounters at some time or another so it’s a very important question for us to answer. I hope the below from experience, from revelation of the Lord and from some basic facts, will help a reader understand which translation or version of the Bible should be used.

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A few years ago, myself and Sharon were overseeing the youth group in our local church and it was simply great watching the Lord work in the lives of the kids and in us doing the overseeing. The Lord took us through many seasons during which we held our own Sunday evening church with prayer, worship and fellowship, as well as other activities like having our own youth cafe, outreach events and travelling to various places in Scotland. One of the major aspects for me, was teaching the youth the Lord’s Word, which I’d preach on Sunday nights as well as in the meetings during the week and the question really challenged us, which translation of the Word of God should we use for the youth?

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A picture of myself and Emily a year or so ago….

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When I preached or taught a message to the youth, I’d use my King James Bible, but spoke it out without the ‘thou’s’, ‘thee’s’ and ‘eth’s’ so it flowed better for the kids to understand it more fully. One day, I’d studied a subject in the King James using the Hebrew as a double-check however, this particular night I decided to use another translation of the scriptures to preach the message. It never crossed my mind to check the text of this translation at the time however once I opened the book and I got up to preach, the translation was just different to what I’d studied. Thankfully, I’d remembered the true verses of scripture and spoke them out instead but it taught me a valuable lesson, not all translations are good translations so, I stuck with my method, the King James and double-checking in the original.

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This method was okay for me however the question remained, what should the youth read as their daily bible so I spoke to the youth about the question and the feedback was what I expected. They understood the way I taught subjects but they struggled with translations like the KJV, NKJV and the NIV so through some prayer I made the decision, I’d stick with my King James but during the teachings, I’d ask one of them to read the same verses from their youth bibles and you know what, it worked brilliantly. The youth could appreciate the more accurate scriptures but they could also take it in in a format they could easily understand and let me also say, their particular youth bible (New Century Youth Bible) gave a great description of the subjects in a way the youth could understand.

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The lasting impression I received from the Lord during this situation was that the translation an individual uses as their bible depends entirely on what stage or age they are in the Lord as a Christian. Younger will suit more simplistic translations however older, more experienced Christians will need a better translation of the original scriptures to study subjects in greater depth and this would be the basis of my answer to this question. As long it’s as it’s fully understood, that there are over 120 different translations in English of the Word and some of them are good and some of them are quite bad but in the end, only the original Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic will uncover the true depth of God’s spoken Word.

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One of the great things about God’s Word which must be noted in this particular article, is that most translations convey the most important message of the scriptures very well, which is of course Jesus and Jesus on the cross and if you have this revelation as a Christian then you already have the greatest revelation the Word of God has within you.

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Blessings

Steven

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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.