Advice Needed Please. My Next Bible: Esv Vs Nasb

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by Mike Hall, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. 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.
  2. Of the two, NASB seems to be the most true to form from my comparison, But I am a NKJV guy. The NASB has more of the original language syntax and less "interpretation" of the meaning.
  3. Thanks for the input. I haven't taken a serious look at the NKJV. Does it seem to be mostly the original but with modern language in place of archaic terms such as thee, thou, etc?
  4. Yes its almost perfect in its updates. Some archaic words are complete in 1 Corinthians 13 Charity becomes Love, but when I study the original language against it, I never have problems
  5. NASB, NKJV and KJV for me (with the original Greek and Hebrew for reference).
  6. Is the interlinear bible? What is called? Not sure if I remember correctly. Thanks everyone.
  7. Since no translation can possibly be "perfect," I'd suggest the best thing anyone can do is to read multiple translations together, and if you come across a difference you're concerned about, look into it to see what's going on. Often when there are notable differences, there are is public/scholarly debate about that difference, and you can look into the reasons for it and decide for yourself.
  8. I have always been a KJV man but in recent years I have been drawn to the ESV.

  9. All of the above and more... check out the free software called It has modules to all kinds of versions, pre-1611 and after, plus multiple versions of Greek and Hebrew with even paleo-Hebrew so you can study for yourself. I love it.
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  10. Thanks very much!
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