How to Choose the Right Bible Translation for the Task

What’s the best Bible translation? If you’ve been a Christian for very long at all, you’ve probably heard or maybe even asked this question.

But what if it’s the wrong question?

What if we shouldn’t be asking “Which translation is best?” but “Which translation is best for the task at hand?”

Which English Bible translations are most useful for evangelism? How about for close study? How about for shaking you out of a Bible-reading stupor? How about for reading in big chunks? How about for teaching children and other poor readers? How about for expository preaching?

In Dr. Mark Ward’s new one-hour Mobile Ed course, he tackles these practical questions and shows you how you can use one of the most basic tools of your Bible study more effectively: the Bible itself.

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Comments

  1. William Matthews says:

    Interesting article as far as it goes.The question I ask is not, “Which is the right Bible translation for the task?” or even, “Which is the best translation?” but, “Which translation is the absolutely infallible, inerrant, perfectly preserved Word of God in the English language?” God promised he would perfectly preserve His Word (Ps. 12:6,7). Did He or didn’t He? Look at your Bible. Is it the Word of God, or does it only CONTAIN the Word of God? There’s a difference. When I hold my Bible up while preaching and say, “This is the Word of God,” am I telling the truth or am I lying and decieving my people? I had to ask myself that question when I was in Bible College. After all, my eternal salvation depends on that book. If God can’t keep His Word, as He promised, how do I know He can keep me? Some say the different translations say the same thing, but only word it differently. Well, things that are different are not the same. Some outrightly contradict each other, others deny major doctrines or water them down. Like Satan in the garden, first he cast doubt on the Word of God, then openly denied it. Just be careful and make sure the Bible you’re using is the Word of God. Sure, it may be a little difficult to understand at times, but we are commanded to “Study to shew [ourselves] approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim. 2:15

  2. THE WORD OF GOD IS THE MESSAGE FROM GOD TO US PEOPLE. IT CAME IN A VERBAL FORM THROUGH SOME PEOPLE/PROPHETS BEFORE HE SENT IT VIA A SON…JESUS THE MESSIAH/CHRIST. THIS PROCLAIMED WORD WAS WRITTEN DOWN. THE STORIES ABOUT JESUS WERE SPOKEN BY BELIEVERS TO BELIEVERS AND THEN ABOUT 40 YEARS AFTER JESUS DIED AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD WERE WRITTEN DOWN IN A BOOK CALLED MARK. THAT BOOK WAS AVAILABLE FOR WRITERS, MATTHEW AND LUKE, TO FOLLOW AND ENLARGE UPON USING VERBAL MESSAGES ABOUT JESUS THAT FOLLOWERS OF JESUS HAS TOLD THEM. THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS (OR THE OLDEST ONES WE HAVE BEING COPIES OF THE OLDEST ONES AVAILABLE) ARE IN THE KOINE GREEK LANGUAGE (COMMON GREEK SPOKEN LANGUAGE NOT THE CLASSICAL GREEK) MY TRAINING IN THE GREEK LANGUAGE BEGAN IN MY SECOND YEAR OF COLLEGE AND IS INVALUABLE IN UNDERSTANDING THE NUANCES OF THE WORD FROM GOD.

    THERE HAVE BEEN ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS OF THE GREEK, A POPULAR TRANSLATION HAS BEEN THE KING JAMES (1904-1911) WHICH USES ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN USE AT THAT TIME. THE ONE I USE THE MOST IS THE NEW REVISED STANDARD VERSION