The Bible is the most important book in the history of humanity. It is a collection of 66 books that were written over a period of 1,600 years by 40 different authors from across the ancient world. The Bible is also one of the most translated texts on Earth, with over 2,000 English translations alone.
We’re going to take you on a journey through this magical book. We’ll start at the beginning and go all the way to the end (and beyond). We’ll look at each individual book and chapter and see how they fit into God’s larger story of redemption. We’ll also delve into some of the more controversial topics within the Bible—like who wrote it? How do we know what’s true? And what does it mean for our lives today?
It’s going to be a wild ride!
The Bible is a collection of books, written by many different authors, over many centuries. It’s the most translated and read book in the world and has been translated into more than 2,000 languages.
However, not all translations are equal. Some are more accurate than others.
This blog is dedicated to reviewing different translations of the Bible and providing readers with a way to compare them side-by-side so they can decide which translation they prefer.
english translation of the bible
American Standard Version ASV
The American Standard Version, also known as the Standard American Edition, Revised Version, is a revised version of the KJV. It was completed in 1885 and newly edited by the American Revision Committee in 1901.
Common English Bible CEB
The Common English Bible is a translation of the scriptures intended to be a comfortable reading level for over half of all English readers. It attempts to substitute more traditional biblical terminology with more natural wording.
Holman Christian Standard Bible CSB
The HCS is a highly readable, accurate translation written in modern English. It is published by Holman Bible Publishers, the oldest Bible publisher in America.
English Standard Version ESV
The ESV Bible is a relatively new Bible translation that combines word-for-word precision and accuracy with literary excellence, beauty, and readability.
Good News Translation GNT
The Good News Translation was first published in 1976 by the American Bible Society in a “common language.” The simple, everyday language makes it especially popular for children and those learning English.
GOD’S WORD Translation GW
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) accurately translates the meaning of the original texts into clear, everyday language. Readable and reliable, GW is living, active, and life-changing.
Jubilee Bible 2000 JUB
Translated from the Original Texts in Hebrew and Greek into Spanish by Casiodoro de Reina (1569) and compared with the revision of Cipriano de Valera (1602)
Based on the New Testament of Francisco de Enzinas (1543) and on the New Testament (1556) with the Psalms (1557) of Juan Pérez de Pineda
This material was translated from Spanish into English by Russell M. Stendal and compared with the Old English Translation of William Tyndale (Pentateuch of 1530, Ploughboy Edition New Testament of 1534, Joshua to 2 Chronicles of 1537, and Jonah). It was also compared word for word with the Authorized Version (by King James) of 1611.
King James Version KJV
The KJV is the first version of Scripture authorized by the Protestant church and commissioned by England’s King James I.
Lexham English Bible LEB
The LEB complements your primary translation with its transparent design and literal rendering. It helps you see the text of God’s Word from another angle.
The Message Bible MSG
The Message is a paraphrase from the original languages written by Eugene, H. Peterson. The Message provides a fresh and unique Bible-reading experience.
New American Standard Bible NAS
The NAS is written in a formal style, but is more readable than the King James Version. It is highly respected as the most literal English translation of the Bible.
New International Version NIV
The NIV offers a balance between a word-for-word and thought-for-thought translation and is considered by many as a highly accurate and smooth-reading version of the Bible in modern English.
New King James Version NKJV
The NKJ is a modern language update of the original King James Version. It retains much of the traditional interpretation and sentence structure of the KJV.
New Living Translation NLT
Using modern English, the translators of the NLT focused on producing clarity in the meaning of the text rather than creating a literal, word-for-word equivalence. Their goal was to create a clear, readable translation while remaining faithful to original texts.
New Revised Standard NRS
The New Revised Standard is a popular translation that follows in the traditions of the King James and Revised Standard Versions. It was written with the goal of preserving the best of the older versions while incorporating modern English.
Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible RHE
The Douay-Rheims is the translation upon which nearly all English Catholic Bible versions are based. It includes the seven Deutero-Canonical books (also known as the Apocrypha).
Revised Standard Version RSV
The Revised Standard Version is a revision of the King James Version, the Revised Version, and American Standard Version. This text is intended for both private reading and public worship.