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Published: Friday, March 14 2014 12:10 p.m. MDT

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Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Nothing will any time soon replace the King James Bible for majesty of language. It’s almost like reading classic poetry.

Of the modern translations, the Revised English Bible, the English Standard Version, and the New American Bible (Catholic) are all fine translations I like very much.

t-ville, UT

Fiction will always be of value to people, regardless of the translation.

Midwest City, USA, OK

In some cases, the particular translation doesn't seem to make too much of an impact. In other cases, however, the nuance or even face-value meaning of certain key verses can be entirely lost or changed.

I have a dual-language Bible using a newer English translation that was helpful on my mission at times because the Bible in Japanese is a hefty read at best, even for native Japanese speakers... But when it comes to personal study, the KJV is the only one I'll use.

If this were about any non-Christian sacred book you wouldn't have said a thing.

t-ville, UT


Non-christians utilize the Bible as well. Jews, Muslims, Moonies, Bahai, etc. Everyone can celebrate fiction in their own ways. The Bible, Koran, Torah, the Odyssey, Fountainhead - all of which provide wonderful historical insight into our anthropological roots and past sociological mindsets. Given the fact that different sects can have their own translations to bolster their cause is much more revealing about religion than anything the particular holy books contain.

1.96 Standard Deviations

I have an interesting Bible at home. It has the Joao Ferreira de Almeida translation (Portuguese) on the left side of a page, and then the King James Version (English) on the right side of the page. The verses in each language are side by side by each other and it makes it wonderful for study. Some ambiguity in the Portuguese can be clarified by the English and even vice versa.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

There’s more to the Bible than stories. It’s a window into an ancient past written by scribes whose identities are lost to history. Long before their writings got compiled and molded into a theological document, they were preserving what would become some of the formative traditions of future civilization.

Karen R.
Houston, TX

Which Bible do Americans read most?

My bet was on the sports page.

layton, UT

@Jamescmeyer, Modern translation are helpful: “and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing”( ESV)i.e..,(James 2:3 KJV),”And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing.

John 1:28 KJV,& Nephi 10:9 Bethabara beyond the Jordan. Older and more reliable Greek MS support, “Bethany”. i.e…(John 1:28 NET,NIV,ESV) Bethabara was probably not on the Jordan River.

"Bethany"is strongly supported by {Papyrus, 66,75.(175 A.D.), B Codex Vaticanus and many more.

The Textual Problem of Luke 22:43-44, "Blood”, because of the serious doubts as to these verses’ authenticity, they have been put in brackets and noted by Modern translations .Mosiah 3:7 “.

A Marvelous Work and Wonder. A Modern Translation, “ Therefore I will take awesome vengeance on these hypocrites, and make their wisest counselors as fools.” (Is 29:14 LB.)
God denounces the policy of the Wise in Judah seeking an alliance with Egypt against Assyria. Fulfilled ultimately the Jews reject Jesus, Not the BoM.

Somewhere in Time, UT

It's always easy to take cheap shots at faith and the scriptures.

The fact is that the those who attack faith, sadly, will fall by the wayside and be forgotten while God's word will continue to inspire and inform the world for many generations to come.

Salt Lake City, UT

With any translation process there is always the dilemma between directly translating from the original language or interpreting the feeling of the text. The King James does a magnificent job at balancing these two options.

With that said, there are times when other translations do a better job at capturing the meaning of the biblical verse when the King James takes a conservative (direct translation) position. As Latter-day Saints with the A of F about biblical translation, we should embrace other translations more often than we do and see the great merit that they have.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

The WallStreet Journal
The New York Stock Exchange
Atlas Shrugged
Arguing with Idiots

Ripening for destruction...

Sacramento, CA

Years ago I had a version called the Ryrie Bible. It had notes about two-thirds of the way down the page, references and maps, and was a bit less poetic, shall say, than the KJV, and easier to understand, but not so plain as more modern translations. Now that I think of it, maybe I'll look it up...see who has it available...

Alex 1
Tucson, AZ

There are times I wish I could read ancient Greek and Hebrew, so as to get greater meaning from the text. For example, Greek has a few words for love, while English has only one. I sometimes wonder what I have lost with English as my filter.

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