Choosing The Right Bible

13975442_1842581602630686_8824325271724527802_oAt Heavenly Blessings and Gifts, we have what we like to call our tower of bibles, which includes all of the different types of bibles found in our store. For those of you who are curious about what versions we have in stock, or who just want to know the difference between each bible, this article is for you. If you don’t see the bible you’re looking for, that’s not a problem, we can order it!

King James Version (KJV)

The King James Version is the most widely printed and distributed version of the Bible. It was originally released in 1611, and then later revised in 1769. It was the first completed bible to be released. The purpose of this version was for devotional reading use and Bible studies for adults who prefer the English found in older versions of the Bible.

“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” –Matthew 4:19

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Revised Standard Version was released in 1952. The purpose of this translation was to preserve the best of the English Bible versions that preceded it.

“And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19

New American Bible (NAB)

The New American Bible was originally released in 1970, but the New Testament was later revised in 1986, and the Psalms were revised in 1991. This version was created per Pope Pius XII’s request for a more clear translation by the Catholic Biblical Association of America.  It is now widely used by Roman Catholics of all ages for daily devotional reading and Bible study.

“He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19

New International Version (NIV)

The New International Version was released in 1978, and then later revised in both 1984 and 2011. Its purpose was to provide a modern translation satisfactory to many denominations. The New International Version is currently the best-selling Bible.

“Come, follow me, “Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” – Matthew 4:19

New King James Version (NKJV)

The New King James Version was released in 1982. This version was produced for a modern language translation that would maintain the structure and splendor of the KJV. It is used for devotional reading and Bible study by adults who prefer the English found in older versions.

“Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19 

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The New Revised Standard Version was released in 1989. It was created to revise the Revised Standard Version, using information gathered from newly discovered Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. This version was officially accepted by Episcopal, Presbyterian and United States and Canadian Catholic Bishops.

“And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” – Matthew 4:19

New Living Translation (NLT)

The New Living Translation was released in 1996, and later revised in 2004. Its purpose was to provide an easy-to-read modern version. It is used by teenagers and adults for personal devotions, worship, and Bible Study.
“Jesus called out to them, ‘Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!’” – Matthew 4:19

English Standard Version (ESV)

The English Standard Version was released in 2001. It was produced so that there was a contemporary, readable and accurate translation in the tradition of the Tyndale Version and King James Version. This Bible is typically used by teenagers and adults for serious Bible study.

“And he said to them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19

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There are so many different translations of the bible due to the modern language constantly changing. If you have any questions about what bible is right for you, Heavenly Blessings and Gifts is happy to help!


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