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Today we have the Bibles

Religionexamples of differences in Bibleexamples of differences in Ten Commandments
Jewish24 books
Torah (Pentateuch): first 5 books - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Number, Deuteronomy
Prophets: Former (4) - Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings - and Latter (4) - (most use this order, but some do not) Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Minor Prophets (usually a single unit, including Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi)
Writings (11) - (usual order, but not always) Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Chronicles
1st Commandment: I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery (or bondage).
ProtestantOld Testament (39) and New Testament (27), for a total of 66.
Protestant religions generally use the Hebrew Bible as the Old Testament, but the books are ordered differently (for example, reversing the order of Prophets-Writings), and some are divided, so the total number of books in the Protestant Old Testament is 39:
Historical (17)
Poetical (5)
Prophetical (17)
The New Testament consists of 27 books:
Gospels (4)
Acts
Letters (21)
Revelation
1st Commandment: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Catholic73 books in total:
In addition to those books of the Bible accepted by Protestants, includes (in response to the Protestant Reformation, adopted at the Council of Trent in 1546):
Tobit
Judith
Greek additions to Esther
Wisdom of Solomon
Sirach
Baruch
Letter of Jeremiah
3 Greek additions to Daniel:
Prayer of Azariah & the Song of the Three Jews
Susanna
Bel and the Dragon
1 and 2 Maccabees
1st Commandment: I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.

9th and 10th Commandments both relate to coveting, while others consider these to be just one Commandment, the 10th

AnglicanAccepts only the Jewish canon and the New Testaments as authoritative, but also accepts segments of the apocryphal writings in the lectionary and liturgy. At one time all copies of the King James Version of 1611 included the Apocrypha between the Old and New Testaments 
Greek OrthodoxAccepts all the books of the Bible accepted by the Catholic Church, plus:
1 Esdras
Prayer of Manasseh
Psalm 151
3 Maccabees
Other Eastern religions accept other books, too, such as 4 Maccabees
Treats worshiping other gods and making images of the Deity as the 1st and 2nd Commandments, while Jewish, Catholic, and Lutherans put these together in a single Commandment (2nd for Jewish, part of the 1st for Catholics)
Ethiopic churchLargest Bible of all, with 81 books in its Bible.
Old Testament includes the books of the Hebrew Bible, plus all the deuterocanonical books listed above, plus:
Jubilees
1 Enoch
Joseph ben Gorion's (Josippon's) medieval history of the Jews and other nations.
New Testament ("broader") includes 35 books. In addition to the usual 27:
4 sections of church order from a compilation called Sinodos
2 sections from the Ethiopic Book of the Covenant
Ethiopic Clement
Ethiopic Didascalia
New Testament ("narrower") includes only the 27 books, but the Old Testament books are divided differently so they make up 54 books instead of the usual 46.
 
 

Bible Translations

The information in the following chart comes from various sources that appear to me to be knowledgeable. It is presented here to show the very wide variety of Bibles that are considered "The Bible" for different people. A  good website for comparisons of Bible versions is http://www.bibleversions.com/ and, of course, there are many good books on the subject of Bible translations and versions. The question of which Bible is "correct" or the "best translation" is a controversial subject for many people in different religions, and sometimes for people within the same religion.

ALT - Analytical-Literal TranslationTranslation Philosophy: Strictly Literal 
Manuscripts Consulted: BHS • TR [MT] 
Completeness: Old Testament not yet started, New Testament in progress. 
Number/Background of Translators: 1, Reformed Baptist 
Second Person Plural? Yes, indicated by an asterisk (*) e.g., "you*" 
Capital Diety Pronouns? Yes 
Tetragrammaton? Yes, Yahweh 
Added words offset? Yes, with brackets e.g., "[added word]" 
Update of: YLT (New Testament), Dby (Old Testament) 

Latest edition available 

First Published: not yet completed 
Last Updated: 1999 
Copyright Status: ©1999 Gary F. Zeolla. Published by Darkness to Light Ministry. Permission is granted to use up to 1,000 verses of this translation as long as those verses do not account for an entire book of the Bible, nor amount to more than 50% of the work they are used in. 
Amp - Amplified BibleExcellent for detailed study of a passage. It seeks to reveal the full richness of the underlying Greek and Hebrew, and often reveals insights that you might miss in reading a more conventional translation. This isn't real good for reading aloud (because of its punctuation and wordiness), but recommended for study to set along side one of the other translations. The Amplified Old Testament is not available in any electronic form, because of copyright and greed issues between the copyright owners. The Amplified New Testament is available from Logos. 
ASV - American Standard VersionThe American Standard Version (ASV) of the Holy Bible was first published in 1901. It has earned the reputation of being the Rock of Biblical Honesty. Although the English used in the ASV is somewhat archaic, it isn't nearly as hard to understand as some passages of the King James Version of nearly 3 centuries earlier. This translation of the Holy Bible is in the public domain, since its copyright has expired.

American Standard Version
Translation Philosophy: Literal-Idiomatic 
Manuscripts Consulted: BHS • CT(WH) 
Completeness: Old Testament, New Testament 
Number/Background of Translators: 50+, interdenominational/ecumenical 
Second Person Plural? Yes, indicated by using "ye," "you," or "your" ("thee," "thou," or "thine" are second person singulars.) 
Capital Diety Pronouns? No 
Tetragrammaton? Yes, Jehovah 
Added words offset? Yes, with italics e.g., "added words" 
Update of: ERV, KJV 
Web Site: http://ebible.org/ Complete version, also downloadable 

First Published: 1901 
Last Updated: 1901 
Copyright Status: Public Domain 

The American Standard Version (ASV) of 1901 is a revision of the Revised Bible, a revision of the KJV for language and to take advantage of some new (then) manuscript discoveries to allow greater accuracy. The ASV uses "Jehovah" for God's name, instead of "LORD" (which the KJV and many others use). The language of the ASV is less archaic than the KJV, but still far from modern. The ASV is in the Public Domain. 

American equivalent of RV, done shortly thereafter. Contained some additional advances in scholarship. Tended to be more literal than AV. 

BBE - Bible in Basic EnglishTranslation Philosophy: Easy English/Literal 
Manuscripts Consulted: BHS • CT 
Completeness: Old Testament, New Testament 
Number/Background of Translators: 1, unknown 
Second Person Plural? Not indicated 
Capital Diety Pronouns? No 
Tetragrammaton? Not indicated 
Added words offset? No 
Update of:  
Web Site: http://www.bf.org/bfetexts.htm  Downloadable complete version 
First Published: 1949 
Last Updated: 1962 
Copyright Status: Public Domain in the United States of America, due to its being originally published without a copyright notice. Else copyright by C. K. Ogden and Cambridge University Press/E. P. Dutton & Co. 
Book of MormonAccording to LDS (Mormon) belief, the Book of Mormon is a companion Scripture to the Bible, with which it shares equal status.
BWE 
CET - Today's English VersionSee TEV
CEV - Contemporary English VersionThe American Bible Society's latest English entry. It is aimed at a 3rd grade reading level, but I think it is really more like 2nd grade level. If you don't mind calling Passover "The Feast of Thin Bread," it is OK. Copyrighted. 

CEV (Contemporary English Version): The CEV is highly readable, for both adults and children, and exegetically faithful. It strives to preserve the meaning of the original in natural English expressions. The CEV is not a paraphrase; it is an accurate translation of the original languages.

The CEV Project was begun in 1984 by the American Bible Society. Both the adult version and illustrated children's version have many reading aids. Said to be 5th grade level.

Darby TranslationAnother somewhat archaic translation. It is freely available on line. 
DKJVhttp://www.bessel.org/bibles.htm
Douay 
Easy to Read VersionThis version was especially prepared to meet the needs of the deaf, those learning English as a foreign language, and those facing special reading difficulties. It served as the basis for the New Century Version and the International Children's Bible. Said to be at 4th grade level.
Good News BibleSee TEV
GW - God's WordGod's Word is a fresh, new translation from the God's Word to the Nations Bible Society. It is easy to read and well done. Copyrighted. 

GW (God's Word): highly lauded by its producers who say: it is the most readable translation available - it represents the best English grammar (syntax) ever put "on the page" of an English Bible - it is, quite possibly, the most accurate English translation of the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts ever produced! These are the same claims made by the producers of the ISV, but the English of the GW is, on the whole, a little more natural, with better stylistic flow than that of the ISV. GW is more
dynamic and readable than the NIV.

This version is outstanding for its accurate and readable translation. The theory of translation is "closest natural equivalence," exceeding "dynamic/function equivalence" translation in accuracy. Said to be 4th -5th grade level.

HNV - Hebrew Names Version (HNV) of the World English Bible An edition of the World English Bible that uses traditional Hebrew names instead of the Greek/English forms common to most English translations of the Holy Bible. For example, "Jesus" is rendered "Yeshua" and "Moses" is rendered "Moshe." Like the WEB, the HNV is in the Public Domain. It is available on line at 

http://ebible.org/
ICV - International Children's VersionSee NCV
ISV - International Standard VersionHighlights careful attention to Greek verb "tenses" (aspect) and translation of these to English. Some Biblical poetry is translated as English rhyming poetry. Promoted by its producers as "the most readable and accurate English translation of the Bible ever produced" (the same claim made for the GW). The New Testament has been printed and is available for purchase. The entire New Testament and books of the Old Testament completed in preview form are available for download.
JB - Jerusalem BibleSee NJB
Jefferson BibleAccording to the webpage at ttp://www.angelfire.com/co/JeffersonBible/ 
Thomas Jefferson believed that the ethical system of Jesus was the finest the world has ever seen. In compiling what has come to be called "The Jefferson Bible," he sought to separate these ethical teachings from the religious dogma and other supernatural elements that are intermixed in the account provided by the four Gospels. He presented these teachings, along with the essential events of the life of Jesus, in one continuous narrative. This presentation of The Jefferson Bible uses the King James Version of the texts, corrected in accordance with the findings of modern scholarship. The selection and arrangement are by Jefferson.
JNT - Jewish New TestamentAn interesting mix of Hebrew and English terminology that brings out the Jewish nature of the Rabbi called Yeshua (Jesus). Copyrighted. 
JPS - Jewish Publication SocietySee NJV
JST - Joseph Smith TranslationPublished in 1867, but it is not clear if this is used by some, or all, LDS (Mormons), or if it is official or not.
Judaica Press versionEdited by Rabbi A.J. Rosenberg. http://www.judaicapress.com/ 
KJV - King James Version, sometimes called the Authorized Version (AV)Was quite revolutionary when it came out in 1611 (and was revised a few times to correct its large collection of typos). It is still very popular, in spite of its archaic and difficult to understand language. Indeed, there is a cult-like following of this translation that claim that this is the only true Word of God, superior even to the original languages. The King James Version of the Holy Bible is in the Public Domain. You can publish, copy, distribute it for free, or sell it, all without having to ask anyone's permission. 

The King James Version was an academic tour-de-force in 1611, at which time it was a hotly denounced modern translation. In some quarters today it is the only acceptable translation, even though the translators in 1611 explicitly stated that they looked forward to future scholarship to correct whatever errors they may have made.

The King James Version originated when a group of Puritans ambushed King James while he was on a journey and presented him with a petition requesting a new translation of the Bible. Since the petition had a thousand signatures, it was called the Millenary Petition. The Puritans wanted a new translation of the Bible, because most of the existing English Bibles were biased and polemic. To their surprise, the king readily agreed and assembled the brightest and best Bible scholars in England to undertake the project. They were dismayed at first when the king announced he would personally manage the project, but they were pleasantly surprised when it turned out that he had an excellent background in the subject. The resulting translation was made mandatory for the Church of England, over many protests from the clergy. Because books were extremely expensive in those days, well out of the reach of the common person, the law also required every church to keep a copy on display 24 hours a day, so that ordinary people could come in and read the Bible at any time. The Bibles were generally chained to the reading desks to prevent them from being stolen when no one was around. The cost of replacing a stolen Bible in those days could easily bankrupt a local parish.
Disadvantages 
The King James Version is almost incomprehensible to anyone who has not been brought up on it. For example, the word comfort means strengthen, suffer means let, let means prevent, and prevent means precede. Some verses are completely incomprehensible or misleading; for example, Psalm 5:6, 1 Kings 11:1, and Ezekiel 27:25. The textual scholarship underlying the King James Version has been superseded in the last two centuries.  
Advantages 
For people who were brought up on it, this is an excellent translation. For newcomers to the Bible, it is a puzzle. It is suitable for study as long as you are familiar with the language. It is widely known and available, and very inexpensive. The copyright is still valid in the United Kingdom and possibly some other nations of the British Commonwealth, but in the United States and elsewhere it is in the public domain. 

KJ21 - 21st Century King James Version of the Holy Biblehttp://www.kj21.com/ 
KJ2000 - King James 2000 Biblehttp://life-equals-jesus.org/Couric/
LB - Living BibleSee NLT

The Living Bible is the work of Kenneth N. Taylor, who in 1954 began paraphrasing scripture for use in family devotions. The first complete Living Bible appeared in 1970. It has been revised many times and appears in many different versions.
Disadvantages 
The Living Bible mixes the author’s interpretations with text, making objective study impossible unless you agree with Kenneth N. Taylor’s views. It is strongly tendentious, as the author often inserts wording that has no basis whatsoever in the original text in order to conform it to fundamentalist viewpoints on end-times, sexuality, politics, and social policy. (For example, compare Jude 7 in the Living Bible with Jude 7 in the King James Version and notice how much extra text they inserted.) Depending on your views, you may see the Living Bible as clarifying the meaning that is already present in the text or as imputing meaning into the text that is not there. Essentially, the Living Bible does the interpreting for you. Even some fundamentalists find it controversial. 
Advantages 
The Living Bible is easy to read and it makes a good story book. Many editions explain the nature and purpose of the paraphrase. 

Leeser BibleA Jewish Bible produced by Isaac Leeser in the 1800s
LITV - Literal Translation of the Bible
http://www.bessel.org/bibles.htm

The MessageA paraphrase that claims to be a translation. It is very earthy, and is a great commentary, but not very accurate. Copyrighted. 
MKJV - Modern King James Version
http://www.dtl.org/index.html
MLV - Modern Literal Version (ASV-3)Came about because of a desire to let the public have the ASV on computer disks; the King James Version was then available. The ASV has been for years the translation held by most scholars as being the most accurate version ever made and the standard by which others should be judged. It is also known as being the version with the least amount of doctrinal or denominational bias. After some consideration, it seemed better to make a literal modern English revision of the ASV and then place it in the Public Domain. See http://christianlibrary.org/bibles/MLV/preface.htm 
Mormonsee Book of Mormon
NAB - New American BibleA "Catholic" Bible (with the Apocrypha interspersed in the Old Testament). It is very readable and accurate. Copyrighted. 
Translated by Catholic Biblical scholars.

The OT is uneven. It was done over decades. Gen was so far out of date that it had to be retranslated, so it ended up visibly newer, i.e. less literal and using more modern scholarship. Even the NT tended to be a bit uneven. The same expression would be translated differently in Mat. and Luke. The 2nd edition smooths this out, but makes it more literal. The newer parts of the OT still tend to have a less literal feeling. However this is still a competent translation. For detailed study of the NT, if you want something as close to the original words as possible but still want modern textual scholarship, the 2nd edition might be the best translation for you. In the OT they sometimes rearrange the order of passages. There's some theory that the originals got out of order.

The New American Bible is principally a lay-oriented Roman Catholic Bible translation, although some non-Catholic scholars were involved. It is primarily the outgrowth of an encyclical by Pope Pius XII (Divino afflante Spiritu) which encouraged Bible-reading among Roman Catholics.
Disadvantages 
The New American Bible is not as good as the Jerusalem Bible for serious study. The notes have a distinct Roman Catholic flavor, which can be a disadvantage for people who are not Roman Catholics.  Advantages  
This is a very good Bible for the lay Catholic. The notes have a distinct Roman Catholic flavor, which can be an advantage for Roman Catholics or for people who are not Roman Catholics themselves, but wish to inform themselves about the position of the Roman Catholic church on specific passages. 

NASB - New American Standard BibleSaid to be almost as good as the NASB95, except that it reverts to archaic English in the Psalms and in the language of prayer, and is a little harder to read. It is not widely available on line, due to copyright restrictions, but you can find it at the Bible Gateway. 

Favored by some conservatives who prefer a literal translation. The quality of English is not as good as in the NIV. An updated version was published in 1995.

New American Standard Bible - in some sense a conservative reaction to RSV. Tried to return to the supposed accuracy (i.e. literalness) of ASV, backed out of some of the more controversial positions of the RSV. However did still make use of early manuscripts (though not very aggressively). 

The New American Standard Bible was the project of the Lockman Foundation, which sought to produce an accurate, readable translation. The translators came from a wide variety of evangelical backgrounds.
Disadvantages 
The New American Standard Bible does not lend itself well to reading out loud to an audience. The drive for accuracy led to some peculiarities in the renderings. There is occasional emphasis on relatively minor grammatical points. 
Advantages 
Excellent for serious study, very accurate. The current edition that you find in bookstores has been updated for improved readability. 

NASB95 - New American Standard Bible, 1995 UpdateAn excellent translation, with wording that is more literal than the NIV, and which holds to the style of the original more closely. The NASB is well known for paying close attention to tenses of words, etc. It is based on the UBS4 Greek text. Available from Parsons Technology and Logos, as well as some printed Bibles.
NCV - New Century Version A fairly free translation that reads like a newspaper. It is targeted at the 3rd grade reading level. Copyrighted. 

This version is also quite good. It is very readable. It was originally translated for children under the title International Children's Version. It has undergone some revision so that it can be enjoyed by adults, as well. Several formats are available for children and adults.

Adapted from a translation for the deaf, the NCV began as the International Children's Bible and later as the Everyday Bible (now out of print), both at 3rd grade level. The standard NCV is now written at 5th grade level.

NEB - New English BibleSee REB, which is the 2nd edition of the NEB. (Actually there were a few minor changes made to the NEB after initial publication, but it was never called 2nd edition.) 
NET - New English TranslationA new translation being done by the Biblical Studies Foundation (which is run by some people of good reputation). The NET is copyrighted, but available on line. In fact, this study Bible was designed to be read with a web browser. Copyrighted, but online at http://www.bible.org/netbible/index.htm  

Team of 20 translators. This version uses a relatively literal translation approach, generally avoiding dynamic phrasings. It is, however, more readable than more literal versions such as NASB. It will probably make a good study version for those already familiar with the Bible. Its website, like several other Bible version websites, lists its translation principles. There are myriads of informative footnotes explaining NET translation decisions and giving other background information. This version is Internet-friendly with footnotes clickable from the main text.

New Chain-Reference Bible, 4th improved editionPublished by B.B. Kirkbride Bible, Inc., Indianapolis, 1964.
New Life VersionThe New Life Version is based on a vocabulary of about 850 words. It was translated by missionary Gleason H. Ledyard. Because of the limited number of words allowed, some verses can't be expressed quite as clearly. Said to be at 3rd grade level.
NIV - New International VersionEvangelical Protestant

The best-selling English Bible. Its New Testament is based on the UBS Greek text. Its language is easy to read, and its accuracy is well respected. It is not widely available on line, due to copyright restrictions, but you can find it at the Bible Gateway. 

The best-selling English version. Could benefit from another update, but hindered recently by opposition from conservatives to NIV hopes to increase accuracy of its gender inclusive language. Considered the version of first choice by many evangelicals.

It tries to go as far towards readability as one can go while still showing you the form of the original. Note that there's a tendency to make OT prophecies compatible with NT quotations, where a reading of the OT alone would come up with something different. Is 7:14 is an example.

The New International Version is the product of evangelical scholars from a wide variety of church backgrounds under the auspices of the New York Bible Society International.

Disadvantages 
The New International Version has a slight premillennial tinge. For example, the Greek word thlipsis is only translated as tribulation in contexts that fit premillennialism. However, that is not much of an obstacle. A Lutheran publishing house even issued a study Bible based on the New International Version, even though for the last 400 years Lutherans have considered any form of millennialism to be a heresy. The New International Version has a number of innovative renderings here and there. For example, a single Hebrew word is rendered valley, gorge, river, ravine, or brook in different passages. 
Advantages 
The New International Version is an excellent translation into very good contemporary English, very suitable for study and reading out loud. The word international in the name means that the translators took pains to make sure that their work would be usable in any English-speaking country on the globe, although it appears in versions with American and British spelling. The Psalms are rendered poetically. 

NIrV - New International Reader's Version A simplified (3rd grade level) Bible that is based on the NIV. It is the best limited vocabulary Bible I have seen. Copyrighted. 

This version is an excellent simplification of the New International Version, the most widely used English Bible. The NIrV is a very readable version for both adults and children. It contains many special features and helps to aid in understanding. Said to be 2.9 grade level.

NJB - New Jerusalem BibleA "Catholic" Bible that is a bit more free in its translation, concentrating on readability and English style. Copyrighted. 

Carefully translated with strong Biblical scholarship. There is a literary sophistication to its English. The NJB is a revision of the Jerusalem Bible.

The (New) Jerusalem Bible is the product of the best Bible scholarship in the Roman Catholic Church.

Advantages 
The (New) Jerusalem Bible is an excellent scholarly work for serious students of the Bible, especially Roman Catholics. The notes have a distinct Roman Catholic flavor, which can be a disadvantage for people who are not Roman Catholics. 
Disadvantages 
The (New) Jerusalem Bible’s wording is often clumsy and opaque to non-scholars. This is a matter of English style rather than accuracy in translation. The notes have a distinct Roman Catholic flavor, which can be an advantage for Roman Catholics or for people who are not Roman Catholics themselves, but wish to inform themselves about the position of the Roman Catholic church on specific passages. 

NJV (JPS) - New Jewish VersonThe modern translation of the Torah was published by JPS in 1985. Rabbis and Jewish leaders consider the JPS translation to be one of the best, if not the best translation available today.  Major translations and retranslations of all or parts of the Bible were done in 1917 and 1982.
NKJV - New King James VersionGood for those who are used to the KJV, but want something in Modern English. The New Testament is based on the Textus Receptus, but has footnotes where the UBS and Majority Text differ. Copyrighted, but used in a public search engine. 

Seems to be in opposition to the textual scholarship of the previous revisions: it adopts the "majority text". See below. Updates AV by removing "thee" and "thou", and other things that are blatantly inappropriate in the 20th Cent., but otherwise sticks very close to AV. Presumably this means it is not as literal as the AV or NASB. Seems to be a proprietary translation, done by Thomas Nelson. 

There is no real connection between the King James Version and the New King James Bible except for the name, the textual basis of the New Testament, and some similarity in the language. It was the brainchild of Sam Moore, who saw a market for a King-James-sounding modern translation.

Disadvantages 
The New King James Bible sounds like a modernized King James Version, but it is neither modern nor Jacobean English. The New Testament is based on the so-called Majority Text (also called the Received Text) rather than the current state of textual research. If you live outside the United States, please note that King James Version is the American name for the Authorised Version. 
Advantages 
Although the New King James Bible, like all other translations, is not perfect, it is a more accurate rendering of the Greek than the King James Version and is less likely to puzzle the reader. This is an especially good translation for people with a Wesleyan or Eastern Orthodox background. The New Testament of this version was chosen to serve as the basis for an Eastern Orthodox study Bible. 

NLT - New Living TranslationThought-for-thought translation that seeks to retain the readability of The Living Bible, but with greater accuracy. Copyrighted. 

Exegetically "tightened" by a team of 90 scholars to be more accurate than its predecessor, the Living Bible. Retains some of the good style of the Living Bible. Reads pretty well, better than most of the relatively literal recent versions. Better attention to good English composition and style than in most recent English versions.

The NLT is largely a replacement for the very popular Living Bible, although the Living Bible will continue to be published. Said to be at 6.4 grade level.

The New Living Translation is a revision of the Living Bible to transform it from a paraphrase to a true translation.

Disadvantages 
The New Living Translation still interpolates text in places that address or seem to address modern issues, but is not as excessive as the Living Bible. It is still mildly tendentious in favor of distinctively fundamentalist teachings. 
Advantages 
The New Living Translation is easy to read and it makes a good story book. It is a huge improvement over the Living Bible and it can even be used for study. 

NRSV - New Revised Standard VersionLiberal Protestant 

A decent Modern English Bible with some scholarly respect. It strives to avoid "sexist" terminology by translating, for example, "brother" as "brother or sister," and trying to avoid gender-specific language by compromising on number (i. e. "their" for "his"). Generally, these substitutions are usually justified by context. This is an ecumenical work, with editions available that contain the Apocrypha/Dueterocanonical books for not only the Roman Catholic tradition, but for several other denominations, as well. Copyrighted, hard to find on line. 

Highly regarded in scholarly circles. Reads about as well as the NIV.

Still guided by the instruction to stick with AV wording where possible. It's not a bad compromise between literalness and readability. Its most visible feature is an avoidance of masculine gender where the original used masculine to mean everyone. "brothers" will be translated "brothers and sisters", and "he" as "they" (with the whole passage turned plural). This was not true of RSV and RSV 2nd edition. It does not attempt to hide the patriachal nature of the ancient cultures. It is claimed that generic language is used only where that is the genuine meaning of the original. 

The (New) Revised Standard Version is the direct descendant of the King James Version.

Disadvantages 
The initial editions were controversial and were too liberal for many evangelicals, but questionable renderings have been repaired in recent editions. It has clumsy English syntax in places. The Psalms are not poetically rendered and don’t lend themselves well to responsive or unison reading. 
Advantages 
The Revised Standard Version is excellent for study. The New Revised Standard Version attempts to remove spurious gender bias without going overboard. It has fewer controversial renderings than before and has excellent scholarship. 

NWT - New World TranslationPublished in 1961 by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of new York, one of the corporate bodies of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
OBP - Original Bible ProjectWill be interesting because of its arrangement of the Biblical books. Extremely literal.
Philips (Phi) New Testament in Modern English, RevisedA free translation/paraphrase that is easy to read, and has good impact.
Copyrighted. 

This is one of the best translations ever produced, in terms of English style and impact upon readers. The translator was the British Biblical scholar J.B. Phillips.

J B Phillips, an Anglican clergyman, first began paraphrasing the epistles of the New Testament into modern English for his church’s youth group, which met in bomb shelters during air raids in World War II. He eventually completed the entire New Testament, and later revised it into a true translation.
Disadvantages 
Many editions of the J B Phillips New Testament lack verse numbers. The wording is significantly different from other translations. Earlier editions are too British for Americans. 
Advantages 
The J B Phillips New Testament gives unique and accurate insights into the New Testament. 

REB - Revised English Bible A very readable British English (as opposed to American English) Bible, a revision of the New English Bible (NEB). It is available both with and without the Apocrypha. It has a respectable list of churches that endorse it. Some bracketed sections of the UBS4 Greek text are omitted entirely, so don't look too hard for the story of the woman caught in adultery in this Bible. Copyrighted. 

Updated and improved version of the New English Bible, translated by British scholars. Reads well. The target audience is probably moderately well educated adults. Pleasant literary language. 

RSV - Revised Standard VersionLiberal Protestant 

Another hybrid Modern/Archaic English Bible. (Archaic in the Psalms and in prayer, as if God only spoke Elizabethan English.) It is pretty well trusted, though. The RSV is copyrighted, but it is available freely with The Online Bible. 

Yet another American revision, done primarily because of yet more manuscripts, including Dead Sea Scrolls. Backed out of literalness of ASV, though still not a very free translation. Included scholarly views that were controversial at the time (like translating Is 7:14 as young woman instead of virgin). So it was considered flamingly liberal at the time. Most of these features are now present in evangelical translations, and in fact it is now considered a bit too conservative. 

RV - Revised VersionFirst major attempt to revise the AV, primarily because of the great number of earlier manuscripts. Great Britain. 
Scofield BiblePublished by Oxford University Press, New York, in 1967
Soncino Books Of The Bible - 14 Volume Tanach (Jewish Bible)Conservative Judaism
http://www.uscj.org/mall/bookservice.htm 
Tanakh, the Holy Scriptures A good Modern English translation of the Jewish Bible (the same as the Christian Old Testament) from the traditional Hebrew text. "Tanakh" is an acronym for "Torah (Law), Nevi'im (Prophets), and Kethuvim (Writings)." This is the work of Jewish scholars and rabbis from the three largest branches of Judaism in America, done with reference to other Jewish and Christian translations. This work is copyrighted by the Jewish Publication Society. See NJV.
TEV - Today's English Version, also called the Good News Bible or Good News for Modern ManAn older Modern English Bible from the American Bible Society. It has taken some flak for being too loose of a translation. Actually, I believe that they did fairly well with a limited vocabulary. Copyrighted. 

From the American Bible Society (a conservative Protestant organization that has managed to produce a liberal translation) 

The Good News Bible is a project of the American Bible Society to render the Bible in a form that unchurched people can understand.
Disadvantages 
For people who attend church regularly and are familiar with the Bible, the fact that the Good News Bible does not use traditional religious vocabulary is a disadvantage. Since clarity is the overriding goal of this translation, it often seems to be inaccurate when compared to other translations, but it is in fact an accurate translation. 
Advantages 
The Good News Bible is written at a very low grade level and is consequently very easy to understand. It is excellent as story book. In fact, the Old Testament can be read from Genesis to 2 Kings as easily as a novel. 

TLB - The Living Bible A paraphrase of the KJV that sacrifices accuracy for readability. Sometimes in makes a point pretty well. The flashlight in Psalms 119:105 seems a bit odd, though. Copyrighted. 
TM - The MessageExcellent style. A real pleasure to read. It grips me, the reader, and challenges and convicts me, as no other translation does. Occasionally gets carried away with strange idioms.
TMB - Third Millennium Biblehttp://www.tmbible.com/ 
WEB - World English BibleThe World English Bible (WEB) is a Public Domain (no copyright) Modern English translation of the Holy Bible, based on the ASV of the Holy Bible first published in 1901, the Biblia Hebraica Stutgartensa Old Testament, and the Greek Majority Text New Testament. It is in draft form, and currently being edited for accuracy and readability. The New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs are close to how they will read when they are finished, but most of the Old Testament still contains some archaic grammar that will be revised.

A revision of the ASV of 1901 into Modern English. The New Testament is revised to reflect the Majority Text. God's name in the Old Testament is rendered as "Yahweh" instead of "Jehovah" because that is widely regarded to be more correct. This is an all-volunteer project still in progress. The purpose of the WEB is to put an accurate, whole, Modern English Bible into the Public Domain. Note that there are no other English translations in this category. Please see  for more information. http://ebible.org/bible/index.htm

See http://worldenglishbible.org/bible/web/ 

Webster Bible (a revision of the KJV bible)Has updated spelling, but retains the same grammar and almost all of the wording of the KJV. The Webster Bible is in the Public Domain. 
Weymouth New Testament in Modern SpeechA decent translation of the New Testament only. It is freely available on line. 
YLT - Young's Literal Translation A somewhat archaic, but it is fairly well done and is freely available on line. 

Chart by Paul M. Bessel

For me, Though I prefer to use the KJV, there is no perfect version. My preference is based on good translation; and not because it is perfect: 

Since no translated text can be better than the inspired Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, there is no perfect Bible translation. Indeed, when using the KJV, or other Bibles, it is necessary to go back to the original language Scriptures for clarity and fulness of meaning.


So, where can we find truth? 

Truth is not according to the various  translated bibles in the religious world.Truth is from the gospel of God, Jesus Christ. 

Truth can be from a good biblical  translation.  You can also heard it from the mouth of a servant of God. 

Nevertheless, always check out in the Bible, any message that comes from the mouth of man.

Any text that is well translated from the original Bible can have its spiritual effect in  the life of a individual

But the question remains: In which bible these texts can be found? 

My personal advice is to use the KJV (for English), the old "Louis Segond" (for French version), or any better translations for other languages. 

Sometimes I use other versions, in which the translation can be easily read than the KJV. 

In that case, we need to be careful in what they say. 

Ex1: 

John 1

New International Version (NIV)

12
 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

John 1

King James Version (KJV)

12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Ex2.

Daniel 9:26

New International Version (NIV)

26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.


Daniel 9:26

King James Version (KJV)

26And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.


The best translation is the King James Bible, but not the New International Version. 


Many translators translate the Bible according to their doctrines.
More than that, they even add other books or notes with the message, or they have another little book from somebody else that goes with it. 

So, I cannot refer you to those bibles, they belong to the religion. 


  Is the Bible True?  

John chapter : 1-14

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God. 

Joh 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 

Joh 1:4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 

Joh 1:5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 

Joh 1:6  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 

Joh 1:7  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 

Joh 1:8  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 

Joh 1:9  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 

Joh 1:10  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 

Joh 1:11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 

Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 

Joh 1:13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 


"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.")
Galatians 3:16-


Is it true that Jesus died for the sins of many? If yes, the Bible is true ! (John 1)

For those who do not believe in Jesus: Do the world and mankind exist? If yes, the Bible is true ! (Genesis 1-2)


 "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
Matthew 5:18 



Are we mortal? If yes, the Bible is true! (Genesis 3). 

Is judgment day upon religion and local churches? If yes, the Bible is true! (Mat. 24; 2 Pi.4:17)

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.");
2 Timothy 3:16


Do we have wars, famines, Wickedness, earthquakes, and great signs in heaven. If yes, the bible is true! (Luke 21)


Does the world prefer sin than obeying God? If yes, the Bible is true! (2 Tim.3)

"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
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2 Peter 1:21


Does homosexuality increase all over the world? If yes, the Bible is true (Gen 19:5; Rom.1:24-27) 

Today, do we have a lot of scoffers because Christ's return delays? If yes, the Bible is true ( 2Pie 3:3; Jude 18)


Finally, Do many people only trust their personal existences, their families, their wealth, their health, their careers, etc? 

If yes, the Bible is true! (Psa 14)

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