CHOOSE AND USEBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Thy words were found and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart; for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of Hosts."Jeremiah 15:16------Tracy popped into a B'Dalton's bookstore with great anticipation and the intention of purchasing a first personal Bible. Her enthusiasm quickly waned, however, as she found herself immersed in an entire aisle hosting too many versions of Bibles to count.Overwhelmed, she made a wise exit from the store without a Bible in hand prompting the question,"What kind of Bible should I be looking for and does it matter what version I select?"Hmmm ...Excellent questions which I think can be helpfully answered.------ The selection of a Bible can be a daunting task indeed.Wise is the individual who does a small bit of homework before making an investment that wields the power to last a lifetime.These considerations will help you:1) Bibles can be broken down easily into two formats which define a conversion method:Formal and DynamicA "formal" version of the Bible contains a WORD for WORD breakdown.The goal of a formal version is to translate and retain the Scripture in its most accurate and pure state. It does not attempt to provide the reader with ease, comfort and understanding but with concise and precise truth.Formal Bible versions: King James Version (KJV), New King James Version (NKJV), American Standard Version (ASV), English Standard Version (ESV), New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).A formal version is regarded as an extremely "safe" version and is the most heavily studied and intensive Bible one can read.Example:"Thy words were found and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart; for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of Hosts."Jeremiah 15:16 (KJV)---A "dynamic" version of the Bible contains a THOUGHT for THOUGHT breakdown.The goal of a dynamic version is to make the Scripture more digestable and readable;It seeks to provide the reader with ease, comfort, and understanding.Its interpretations may vary as a result.Dynamic Bible Versions: New International Version (NIV), Contemporary English Version (CEV), New English Bible (NEB), and the Good News Bible (GNB).Example:"When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty."Jeremiah 15:16 (NIV)----Paraphrases fall outside of the perimeter of both formats and are not "technically" viewed as true Bible translations. Paraphrases take great liberty in providing a modern day "story telling" approach to the reading of the Scripture.Popular versions of a Paraphrase: The Message and The Living BibleExample:"Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul. They bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me. How proud I am to bear Your name, O Lord."Jeremiah 15:16 (Living Translation)------ Select a Bible based on these helpful facts, locate a Bible reading plan as soon as possible to accompany it, and embark on the most engaging, intimate journey of your life.Get started today!*Bible Gateway is an outstanding resource.Check it out and download their free App today.God's blessing on the journey;Choose and Use.
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