If anyone is familiar with either of these or both versions I would appreciate your thoughts. Criteria for translation/version. I am much more interested in formal equivalency, updated recent copyright/printing, no paraphrasing, yet a slightly more “modern” wording than the classic King James. My background is fundamental, conservative, and evangelistic. So far I have narrowed it down to perhaps ESV or NASB.. It is a difficult choice for me since there seems to be little concensus about which are the most literal word for word translations from the original Greek, yet not “harder” reading than the 1611 style KJV.