Bible Translations

Comparison Chart

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Showing relative types from extreme literal to highly paraphrased.

General Translation Classifications:

We do recommend the ESV**  for detailed study and the NIV for general reading. They are the best choices for today's Bible student.  The NLT is a good choice for devotional reading and for young people but not for study.

We do not recommend Study Bibles. See our Not Recommended page for details.

Also see: Translation Comparison (based on Romans 3:23-26), and Recommended Translations

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** The NASB (Updated Version) and the HCSB are also good choices for accuracy.