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28 Helpful Hints For Bible Reading 9. Use a Different Translation From Time to Time - Psalm 119:15

28 Helpful Hints For Bible Reading

9. Use a Different Translation From Time to Time - Psalm 119:15

9. Use a different translation from time to time - Psalm 119:15

Psalm 119:15 - I meditate on your precepts

and consider your ways.

I know what some of you are thinking. Some of you have your favorite translation and you will only read from it.

I have heard all the arguments about political and religious influences that change the words of the Bible. I have even had books given to me on why a certain version is the only true Bible. I have even heard the conspiracy theory about atheist time travelers who keep going back in time to change the words of one particular version. But I am not a fool. I understand these influences and take them into account when I read.

There was even a time when I went to visit a church. I was welcomed warmly by several people including one man who put at his huge paw of a hand and said, "Welcome brother." I shook his hand and we exchanged pleasantries. Then he asked the question, "Brother, what version of the Bible do you use?" No stoner did the words get out of my mouth then he changed demeanor completely. He turned and walked away. Another fellow standing near me said, "Don't worry about him. He can be a little dogmatic at times."

The truth is that I don't really have a favorite version of the Bible. I often used the NIV, NASB, or the KJV. I will often switch up between versions to help give me a clearer idea of what the passage means. Sometimes I even use a parallel Bible to compare the differences.

I also use very easy to read translation like the Contemporary English Bible, the Easy-to-Read Bible, or the Simple English Bible at times. You will be surprised how sometimes this gives some clarity on the meaning of the verse.

Honestly, I don't see the harm. I have sometimes seen more harm done from those who dogmatically and exclusively use one version than I have from those who look at various versions. Besides, if I find a passage I want to do a word search on I use the Greek or Hebrew text.

A few years ago, Eugene Peterson came out with the Message. Some people loved the use of "street language" and simple interpretations for the passages. It's not a study Bible but it is a great way to take another glance at the word of God.

We have to remember that God's word was originally written in three different languages. The Old Testament was written primarily in Hebrew, with some passages in Aramaic. The New Testament was written primarily in Koine Greek (common or trade language). These languages, like English, have changed over time.

Don't be afraid to sample other translations form time to time to get a better picture of what God's Word for your life is. Let God's Holy Spirit lead you. May God bless you today as you explore his Word in all of it's glory.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord God Almighty, You have given us your very word and I praise you for that. Please give me discernment as I investigate your word today. Help me to understand the message and apply it to my life. I pray that each day I will live up to this gift that you have given me. In Jesus' name, AMEN!

-Loren Lung

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord God Almighty, You have given us your very word and I praise you for that. Please give me discernment as I investigate your word today. Help me to understand the message and apply it to my life. I pray that each day I will live up to this gift that you have given me. In Jesus' name, AMEN!

-Loren Lung

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