Versions of the Bible

By Gabriel Smith

The Bible has been translated into approximately about 690 languages and multiple more translations are on the way. In the English language alone, there are approximately 450 different translations of the Bible. With this many translations, it is hard to know which translation or version to use. So, the question arises, which is the most accurate version of the Bible?  
Many versions of the Bible are extremely different, examine the example below

And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.    Mark 1:11 King James Version

And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” 
Mark 1:11 English Standard Version

Why is it that there are so many different translations of the Bible? Well, that is because the Hebrew and Greek languages are difficult to translate into the English language. This has resulted in many different people thinking that different words meant somewhat different things. And while most translations will use similar words, it is important to have the most accurate version possible. Some of the most popular versions include the ESV, NLT, NIV, NKJV, KJV, ASV, Amplified, and many others. Another reason for differences in translations can be the time at which they were translated, the KJV was translated at a time in which the English language was spoken much different than it is today. One of the best things to look for in a Bible is which language it was translated from. Some translations are translated right from some of the original documents. While others were translated from a translation, which was translated from and a translation, and so forth. One of the most accurate translations is the ESV, this version was translated from some of the original documents. Another good version is the NLT, the NLT is one of the easiest to understand versions there is, and it is great for devotions. Different versions are good for different people. Some people, like scholars, may prefer a harder to understand, more accurate version. Whereas someone else might enjoy an easier translation for devotions. Whatever version you choose, I hope it will bring you hope and joy.