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Bible Translations

How do you pick a Bible translation? Learn more about the differences between translations and discover which one is right for you.

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Why So Many Translations?



Because the Bible's original words were written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, every English Bible is a translation from the original languages.

The different approaches to translation philosophy take into consideration diverse meanings, contexts, and cultures as well as grammatical decisions like tense, voice, and parts of speech from a variety of available manuscripts.

Learn more about the three primary translation philosophies below.


Bible Translations Type Chart

Bible Translations Type Chart

Translation Philosophies

Word-for-Word Translations

Formal Equivalent Translations

These are word-for-word and emphasize literal accuracy to original languages.

NASB  |  ESV  |  KJV  |  NKJV  |  RVR

Optimal Equivalent Translations

Optimal Equivalent Translations

These pursue both linguistic precision to the original languages and readability.

CSB  |  NET  |  NVI

Dynamic Equivalent Translations

Dynamic Equivalent Translations

These are thought-for-thought and emphasize readability.



Additional Translations

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AMP  |  MSG  |  NIrV  |  ICB  |  NTV

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