by Bruce Kirk
(West Chester, PA, USA)
Yes, the best Bible translation come down to being a personal decision.
But, when it comes down to it, the objective to having a Bible is to read it.
So - from the perspective that the Bible is the living Word of God, my 1st filter about deciding the BEST Bible translation is one that I will open and read on a regular basis...day-in and day-out. One that I long to spend time in...one that becomes my cave of security.
My 2nd filter is the accuracy of that specific translation to the intent of original Scripture. There are word-for-word translations and dynamic (conceptual) translations. And if the dynamic translation gets too far off-base from the original intent, doctrinal compromise/misinterpretation could easily result.
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