Picking The Right Bible For You…
There are so many bibles now-a-days. It may be hard to decide what type of bible is right for you. Here is a list of the most popular types of bibles and how to use each kind.
What Type Of Bible Do You Want?
Study Bible: Study Bibles are one of the most common bibles. They are bibles filled with extra information which may include maps, graphs, concordances, charts, and definitions of words you may not understand. The purpose of a study Bible is to help you understand Scripture more clearly. This is a really good bible to learn from because it has all this fun extra stuff.
Journaling Bible: This type of bible is for journaling in the bible. This bible provides lines on the side of the texts so you can write reflections, prayers, praises or even draw whatever you’d like inside of your bible. These bible are great for people who are creative or like writing in their bible.
Devotional Bible: This type of bible has a reading plan. These bibles also include stories, quotes, questions, etc. It will challenge you to apply the word of God to your everyday life. There are also different type of devotionals bibles for different people. Some examples of there are college student, newlyweds, singles, young girls, ect. This helps you because it specifically designed for your current situation and season of your life. These bibles are great if you want to stick to a reading plan and keep your self accountable when it comes to reading the bible. You don’t have to think about what part of the bible you want to read or study because it has already been planned out for you.
Audio & Electronic Bibles: These are pretty much what you think. Audio is someone reading the bible to you. You pick a version of the bible and it will speak to you. The electronic bibles are exactly what they sound like. You pick the version you want to read and download it to an electronic source such as tablet, e-reader, cell phone, or laptop. These are probably the most convenient since it can be accessed in many different ways.
There are many more types of bibles but these are a few of the most popular types.
What Version Should I Get?
There are over 100 different english translations of the bible but the top 5 bestselling in order from ranked #1 bestselling to #5 in 2017 are the listed down below:
- New International Version (NIV)– Reading Level Ages 12+
The NIV is the best-selling translation. This translation is very straightforward and more of a contemporary English. This translation was meant to be helpful for everyone and easy to understand. I had this version when I was in elementary-middle school.
2. New Living Translation (NLT)- Reading Level Ages 11+
The New Living Translation is perfect for every age and season of your life. NLT is a translation that is easy to read and understand. It accurately conveys the meaning of the original text. This is a good bible if you are looking for a started bible or one that is simple and easy to understand.
3. English Standard Version (ESV)– Reading Level Ages 15+
The ESV uses the classic principles of word-for-word translation. This translation is very poetic. ESV is highly accurate. The ESV closely conveys the original meaning of the text in clear, readable, enduring English.
4. King James Version (KJV)– Reading Level Ages 17+
The KJV is the only english version translated word for word. This translation is probably the best if you want exact accuracy. This translation may not be the simplest but it is the most faithful to the original. It was completed in 1611 and because of this the vernacular is quite different from that of today.
5. New King James Version (NKJV)- Reading Level Ages 12+
This translation updates the language of the King James Version, changing old and out of date words, while holding on to its basic literary structure. This version is a more modern language update of the original KJV.
There are a few other things that are more just personal preference like:
- Text Sizing
- Binding/Bible Covers
- Red Text (words Jesus spoke)
- Engraving Your Name
- Bible Accessories
Other than these though the two question will help you decide what bible is perfect for you. If you can’t get a bible right now you can always just get the youversion bible app. This app has all translation as well as podcast and devotionals.
I hope this article on how to pick the perfect bible for you was helpful! Please don’t be afreaid to reach out to me if you have any quetions or comments. Have A Blessed Day!