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May 22nd, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

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I’m Curious: Bible Translations

With all the various Bible translations out there, which translation do you use the most?

Please answer with where you are from, as well as your preferred translation.

We’ll post the results soon!

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  1. May 22, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    NASB

  2. May 22, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Shoot…Reading, PA area and I use NASB - sorry for the double post

  3. May 22, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I’m from southern Oregon, and I have a NKJ and a New Living. I read the New Living more.

  4. 4Peter
    May 22, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Hawaii // NASB

  5. May 22, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    ESV

  6. May 22, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    My preferred translation is NLT, but often will reference NRSV, MSG, and TNIV (usually in that order).

    I live in Wilmore, KY (just south of Lexington). Yes, I am a product of Asbury Seminary. :)

  7. May 22, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    The Message and NIV

  8. May 22, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Oklahoma City, usually NIV but sometimes the KJV.

  9. May 22, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    NKJV - St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, Fairfax, VA

  10. May 22, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Wilson, NC
    I’m a youth pastor - I use the NIV and the MSG with my students. Our pastor usually uses the NKJV.

  11. 11Kenyon
    May 22, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    NLT Oklahoma

  12. May 22, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Preferred translation: TNIV
    Location: other side of the office

  13. May 22, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    NIV / NASB / NLT - Denver, CO

  14. May 22, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    So, connected to the new Swerve format: I noticed the add karma/subtract karma icons in the Comments section. I am wondering if that is something you would want to keep on a blog hosted by Christ-followers.

    Just a thought…

  15. 15Lex
    May 22, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Chicago ‘burbs, NKJV although I’m starting to use the New American Standard more.

  16. May 22, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    I use mostly the NIV but have all sorts of other translations here at home that I can use too. I live in Hamilton, Ohio which is just north of Cincinnati.

  17. May 22, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    NASB or NIV for studying, NIV or Message for teaching. I’m a youth pastor from Everett, WA.

  18. 18Brad
    May 22, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    ESV OT NASB NT Oklahoma

  19. May 22, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    irvine, ca :: NLT

  20. May 22, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    DFW, TX

    NASB and NLT. ESV is growing on me.

  21. 21jason
    May 22, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    church uses NLT for Pew Bibles, I use ESV for personal.
    San Clemente, CA

  22. May 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    NASB

  23. May 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    ESV for me

  24. May 22, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Representin’ Dallas, Texas and I use NASB and ESV.

  25. May 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    NIV, NLT, The Message

  26. May 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    oops! I forgot to say that I’m from Portland, OR (I should read more carefully!)

  27. May 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    west palm beach, fl…ESV

  28. 28Will Jenkins
    May 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I’m from North Central Oklahoma, near Stillwater. NLT

  29. May 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    The Message // Kansas

  30. May 22, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    from Nashville, TN - I use NLT and NIV.

  31. 31Scott
    May 22, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    NIV - Dallas, TX

  32. 32Jim Sanders
    May 22, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Germantown, TN (suburb of Memphis). My favorite is the ESV, but I’ve just ordered an NLT to see what that’s like.

  33. May 22, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    I grew up with NIV.
    I’m considering a switch to ESV for my personal study and loving it so far.
    Our church uses NASB for worship, NIV elsewhere.
    I live in Buffalo, New York

  34. 34Noel
    May 22, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    ESV most of the time, NIV in groups (b/c that’s what everyone is using and it’s pretty good). Edmond, OK

  35. May 22, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    New Living Translation (although serious Bible chaps insist on telling me it’s not actually a translation). I like it because I can understand it. If I ever studied the Bible I’m sure I would open lots of versions at once and pick the one with the best fonts and the most white space.

    Mark Jaffrey, Egypt.

  36. May 22, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    NIV and OKC.

  37. May 22, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    NIV

  38. May 22, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    oops… OK, USA

  39. May 22, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Currently using ESV, but have read through both TNIV and The Message. From Pacifica, CA!

  40. May 22, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Joyce Meyer Amplified Bible

  41. May 22, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    ESV and MSG. Edmond, OK

  42. May 22, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    NIV and Omaha, Nebraska

  43. May 22, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    NKJV and NLT, but I’ve been checking out ESV lately. Grew up with NIV and NASB. Normally, I’ll go NKJV first and then use NLT to help clarify. Oh, and Riverside, California

  44. May 22, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    ESV and KJV, Tulsa, OK

  45. May 22, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    out of Rochester NY,

    I use the NKJV but im looking to switch to the NIV.. doesn’t Youversion have it now?

  46. May 22, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    ESV Florence, SC

  47. May 22, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    ESV. Independence, MO

  48. May 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    i use ESV and NASB when i am studying….when i am needing to read to connect…MSG

  49. May 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    DFW, TX

    Reading: NLT (I have never read the Bible so quickly.)

    Reference/Memorization: N/KJV

    Studying: Complete Jewish Bible, ESV, Young’s Literal, Green’s Literal, Strong’s Hebrew and Greek.

  50. May 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    My main goto is the New Living Translation…On YouVersion I opt for the English standard Version…Sometimes for reference you have to go back to the NIV and KJV, and every now and then the message.

    Peoria, Illinois

  51. May 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    northern Virginia… NIV or NLT

  52. May 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    bham

  53. May 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    NLT - Lapeer, MI

  54. May 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Ames, IA - ESV and MSG

  55. May 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Across the Mississippi from St. Louis, MO, in Illinois.

    Our Church in the states uses the NAB, but I prefer the RSV for my own reading.

  56. May 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    New Living Translation 2nd edition

  57. May 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Since I’m a children’s pastor it’s usually NIV or readers version but occasionally NKJV. I live in West Des Moines, Iowa.

  58. May 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    ESV - Sioux Falls, SD

  59. May 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    TNIV and NRSV.
    Minneapolis.
    Oh, and the Hillbilly Bible http://www.lulu.com/content/1397430
    “Fer the good Lord commenced to hankerin’ after the world something fierce, and up and gave ‘ees only boy so’s whoever took a notion to believe in ‘eem ort not die, but just keep on livin’ with ‘eem in heaven forever n’ ever.” (John 3:16, The Hillbilly Bible)

  60. 60Jonathan Ross
    May 22, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    From the: UK
    Mainly use: NLT

  61. May 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    ESV most of the time. NIV sometimes. - Rapid City, SD

  62. May 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm

  63. May 22, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    NASB. From Fort Worth, TX.

  64. 64Micah Watson
    May 22, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    NLT (New Living Translation)

  65. May 22, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    NLT and then the message. Davenport, Iowa.

  66. 66Kurt
    May 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    ESV Kalamazoo MI

  67. May 22, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    NLT and MSG
    Litchfield Park, AZ

  68. May 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    nlt se and miami, fl

  69. May 22, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    NIV when preaching. NLT for devotional study. Edmond, OK.

  70. 70Charles Ballard
    May 22, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Maryville, TN - NASB

  71. May 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    ESV & NKJV

  72. May 22, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Wisconsin - mainly NIV
    Also NASB and NET Bible

  73. 73Jen Vasquez
    May 22, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    For bible study (NASB or Net Bible), for casual reading (NIV or NLT), occassionally Message.

  74. 74David B. Helmick
    May 22, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Translation of choice is the NET, though I will teach from the NIV, ESV, AKJV as well as the GODSWORD. In Hudson, Ohio…

  75. May 22, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    NIV, NLT, and Message

  76. May 22, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Our church uses the NIV and we’re in southern California

  77. May 22, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    I use my NIV Study Bible mainly but I also research in the NLT, KJV, NCV, and NKJV Life Application Bible.

  78. May 22, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Forgot location

    Ocala, Florida

  79. May 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Orlando Florida - - NIV

  80. May 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    tniv/niv and nlt. Dana Point, CA

  81. May 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I’m from Madison, Alabama and I use NLT…..I do reference and sometimes use NIV and the Message.

  82. May 22, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    NIV and MSG

  83. May 22, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    West Central Ohio
    NIV and MSG

  84. May 22, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    NIV, Alabama

  85. May 22, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    ESV for study, NIV to teach. Dallas, TX

  86. May 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Wisconsin. TNIV

  87. May 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Wisconsin, NIV

  88. May 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    When we planted the church 3.5 years ago, we used NLT - it was a great translation for 1st generation Christians and 1st generation Americans with limited educations. This January we switched to NIV because it offered the best variety of study Bibles and other resources. It’s thrilling to watch them grow in understanding & desire.

    I, personally, use a wide variety in my study time.

    Chilly ~ Detroit

  89. May 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    hot springs, arkansas
    translation: new living translation
    paraphrase: the message remix

  90. May 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    I am in Las Vegas and i use the NKJV mostly but any version that best communicates the message to a pre-christain culture i am on it.

  91. May 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Reina Valera 1960 Spanish
    PerĂº SouthAmerica

  92. May 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    ESV in Oklahoma. Sometimes NKJV.

  93. May 22, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Growing up, NIV only.
    College, dabbled in NASB.
    Past 6 months, switched to NET Bible.
    Next version will be NLT.
    Use the MSG for devotional use.
    Broken Arrow, OK

  94. May 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Monroe, WA | NLT

  95. May 22, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Syracuse, NY - The Message

  96. May 22, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    I have a NIV/MSG parallel that I love. And I love The Message by NavPress because when it wears out, they send you a new one… no questions asked. Like they did for me last week.

    From Birmingham, AL and Derry, Northern Ireland

  97. 97A.
    May 22, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Depends… usually NASB or NIV. Also AMP, NKJV, CEV & MSG. :)

    Appalachian mountains of NC.

  98. 98Brett Harkey
    May 22, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    ESV. Fayetteville, AR.

  99. May 22, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    I use the NIV mostly, but never hesitate to pick up the NASB, NLT or the Message. I’m intrigued by the gravitation toward the ESV…I’m not very familiar with it. I currently reside in Morris, IL (far west Chicago suburbs).

  100. May 22, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    I read many translations with computer software, but prefer the New Living Translation (NLT) for easy reading.

    Shaun King
    Atlanta, GA
    http://www.ShaunInTheCity.com

  101. May 22, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    I use the NLT for daily study and the NIV as my default for teaching but its nice to work in the Message or New Living every once in a while to help the word really resonate well.

  102. May 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    nlt, brisbane australia

  103. May 22, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    kjv/esv respectively

  104. 104Shane Cavitt
    May 22, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    ESV and TNIV
    Grand Prairie, TX

  105. May 22, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    NLT/TNIV/MSG, Cartersville, Georgia

  106. 106Kevin Womack
    May 22, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    TNIV // San Diego, CA

  107. May 22, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    NLT, NKJV, and the Message. And I love YouVersion.

  108. May 22, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    NIV // Newcastle, Australia

  109. May 22, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    TNIV // Overland Park, KS

  110. 110Alex
    May 22, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Either NRSV or NIV with the Message as a regular backup.

  111. May 22, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    New English Translation (NET) (available for free http://www.bible.org)

    Dallas, TX

  112. 112dharkness
    May 22, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Charlotte NC NASB

  113. May 22, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Australia | ESV

  114. May 22, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    NIV primary, but also like ESV a lot.

    Elkhart, Indiana

  115. May 22, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Preferences in order: TNIV, NIV, ESV

    Storrs, Connecticut

  116. May 22, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    NIV, some NRSV, often looking at my parallel TNIV/Message

  117. 117Bill Gallagher
    May 22, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Salem NH - NLT and NASB

  118. May 22, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Mostly NIV and MSG- I’m from Florida (Go Gators!)

  119. May 22, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    NASB - Tallahassee, Fl

  120. May 22, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Terre Haute, Indiana
    NIV and sometimes NLT. We have been known to kick it old school sometimes with the KJV.

  121. May 22, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    I study and read the TNIV. I teach from and our students use the NIV since it is more common.

  122. May 22, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    NIV and ESV - Concord, NC

  123. May 22, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Turlock, CA I study/read in the New Living the most.

  124. 124Mike
    May 22, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Amelia, OH - NIV, NLT

  125. May 22, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    East Central Indiana - NIV

  126. May 22, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Rochelle, Illinois. ESV & NLT

  127. May 22, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Greenville, SC
    Usually read NLT, but I love to cross-ref the Message

  128. 128Joel
    May 22, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    TNIV (in the uber-hot land of Arizona.)

  129. May 22, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    tniv tulsa

  130. 130lor
    May 22, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    NIV life application, without a doubt

  131. 131lor
    May 22, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    again with the oops… Joliet, IL

  132. May 22, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    NLT mainly but use the NIV every now and then. Lexington, KY.

  133. 133Dwight Weber
    May 22, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    NIV for preach and teaching

  134. May 22, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I mainly use NIV for study and the NLT or CEV for reading. Ocassionally I use the KJV or NKJV. From Merredin Western Australia

    PS. Love Sunny’s comment about being on the other side of the room!

  135. May 22, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    South Florida

    ESV

    How many subscribers does this blog have? My God! 133 comments in 5 hours?

  136. May 22, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    NLT - 1st Choice
    NIV - 2nd choice

    Really liking the ESV and using it more and more.

    Mississippi

  137. 137Chad Cannon
    May 22, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    ESV

  138. 138Chad Cannon
    May 22, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    ESV, sorry forgot the location: San Diego, CA

  139. May 22, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Living in the deep ‘burbs of Chicago…

    NLT for reading
    NIV but moving toward ESV for study

    and I’m a children’s pastor so I lean toward NIrV for teaching.

  140. May 22, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    For speaking to college/20’s–NLT and The Message. I also use the NLT study and NKJV study for my reading.

  141. May 22, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Sorry–western NY soon to be Cincinnati

  142. May 22, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    New Living Translation, most of the time.

  143. May 22, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Frisco, Tx

  144. May 22, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Maryland, ESV.

  145. May 22, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Lake Mary, FL. NKJV or NIV to teach and NCV for personal study.

  146. 147Jeff Gibson
    May 22, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Hickory, KY, NIV and NKJV for personal study and some teaching. Holman CSV for preaching and teaching.

  147. May 22, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    NLT primarily, but I’m beginning to use ESV and HCSB more and more. South Texas here. Specifically, Corpus Christi

  148. May 22, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    NIV and The Message
    Cincinnati, OH

  149. May 22, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    NLT, Virginia

  150. May 22, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    NW Phoenix
    Study and preach out of NASB, use NLT for personal devotions and as a parallel for more difficult passages while preaching.

  151. May 22, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    By the way, the new Swerve site is smoking! LC and the EF guys are an incredible team.

  152. 153Eric Rizner
    May 22, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    NIV Study Bible and Reference The Message often.

  153. 154Eric Rizner
    May 22, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Sorry, forgot location. Longmont, CO

  154. May 22, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    I mainly use NIV since I have a physical one to carry around. Although, I usually link to TNIV on my blog.

    Chris Chowdhury (near Detroit, MI)

  155. May 22, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    NKJV most then The Message, plus a lot of others less often. Still use KJV for personal devotions

  156. May 23, 2008 at 12:00 am

    NIV - Brainerd, MN

  157. May 23, 2008 at 12:12 am

    the main translation is nkjv but a close second is nlt

  158. May 23, 2008 at 12:21 am

    NLT
    Seattle, WA

  159. May 23, 2008 at 12:23 am

    From Alabama living in Japan. I use Biblegateway.net to read the NLT and am now really enjoying Tyndale’s Manga version: The Manga Messiah

  160. May 23, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Portland, OR I use ESV

  161. May 23, 2008 at 1:22 am

    90% NLT / 8% NIV / 2% NASB (Southern California)

  162. May 23, 2008 at 3:03 am

    Indiana - NIV; TheMessage usually for a scripture in a worship set (I’m a worship pastor).

  163. 164Rob
    May 23, 2008 at 5:31 am

    I am the leader of a LifeChurch.tv network church, The Well. I use the NIV and the Message for study, reading and devotions.

  164. 165Bob Hoeller
    May 23, 2008 at 5:51 am

    New Living Translation - Augusta, GA

  165. May 23, 2008 at 6:24 am

    I prefer the NIV

  166. May 23, 2008 at 6:25 am

    NIV for reading. NASB for study.

  167. May 23, 2008 at 6:29 am

    NASB for study, reading.
    Refer to NLT quite a bit in my teaching.

    Sheboygan Falls, WI

  168. May 23, 2008 at 6:37 am

    NASB from Taylors, SC.

  169. May 23, 2008 at 6:38 am

    NIV and NASB mostly. Although I do take into account who the audience is if it is for teaching or speaking. Texas!

  170. May 23, 2008 at 6:46 am

    From Ohio and use the Message version.

  171. May 23, 2008 at 7:00 am

    central PA
    NIV and/or Message for teaching students
    ESV for me

  172. 173Paul
    May 23, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Birmingham Al - NLT

  173. 174Jon
    May 23, 2008 at 7:07 am

    I Use the NIV primarily, but refer to KJV, NASB, ESV, NLT and the Message freguently in study.

  174. 175Beth
    May 23, 2008 at 7:08 am

    NIV–Blacksburg, VA

  175. 176Jason
    May 23, 2008 at 7:15 am

    NLT - Cape Town, South Africa

  176. 177Tom W. Blackburn
    May 23, 2008 at 7:37 am

    KJV - Because of the Text From which it was translated.
    Olin, NC

  177. 178Matthew McBride
    May 23, 2008 at 7:55 am

    I normally read from NLT, but sometimes I find that I prefer the way certain passages are written in the NIV. Moore, OK

  178. May 23, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Hamtramck (Detroit), MI - ESV

  179. 180Ryan
    May 23, 2008 at 8:06 am

    NASB or ESV, love them both - Sioux Falls, SD

  180. 181JK
    May 23, 2008 at 8:06 am

    NLT - DFW area

  181. May 23, 2008 at 8:07 am

    oklahoma city ok

    we use:
    1. esv
    2. holman christian standard bible

  182. May 23, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Seacoast, NH and the NLT is my translation of choice

  183. May 23, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Switched to the TNIV last year.
    The NCV recently to mix it up a bit.
    London, On.

  184. 185Toby
    May 23, 2008 at 8:17 am

    I am partial to the NLT and the MSG, but they all have their value (esp., NIV & NKVJ).

  185. May 23, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Alabama - NIV then NLT

  186. May 23, 2008 at 8:24 am

    NY. NLT + Message

  187. May 23, 2008 at 8:26 am

    NLT and TNIV are working right now.

  188. 189craig
    May 23, 2008 at 8:29 am

    CA. KJV

  189. 190Josh
    May 23, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Maine ESV

  190. May 23, 2008 at 8:34 am

    I prefer the NIV and the ESV. I don’t really do a lot of paraphrases, but I like some of the MSG as a supplement to the other two. Oh, from Tennessee.

  191. 192jon
    May 23, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Lima, OH … NLT

  192. 193Kez
    May 23, 2008 at 8:41 am

    TNIV, MSG, ESV in that order. Occasional reading of NLT and Complete Jewish Bible.

  193. May 23, 2008 at 8:42 am

    ESV from Birmingham, AL.

  194. 195Lisa
    May 23, 2008 at 8:55 am

    TNIV & NRSV
    Shattuck, OK

  195. May 23, 2008 at 9:04 am

    NLT NIV NLV

    Niagara Falls, ON, Canada

  196. May 23, 2008 at 9:10 am

    NASB, NIV, ESV
    Waldorf, MD, USA (outside D.C)

  197. May 23, 2008 at 9:21 am

    ESV - Columbia, SC

  198. May 23, 2008 at 9:24 am

    NLT NIV
    Birmingham, AL

  199. May 23, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Very interesting to see the responses!

    NIV
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL

  200. May 23, 2008 at 9:32 am

    NIV when speaking
    with The MSG and Holman Christian Standard for study

  201. May 23, 2008 at 9:36 am

    My fave is the NASV, but I find that I use the NLT more when communicating to others through my blog.

    Wilmington, North Carolina

  202. 203JD
    May 23, 2008 at 9:40 am

    NASB
    Baton Rouge, LA

  203. 204TJ
    May 23, 2008 at 10:06 am

    ESV (primary). May use Message to better communicate a point if I feel it translates and communicates well.

  204. 205KarenP
    May 23, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Hudson, Quebec
    For daily reading I use different versions consecutively, reading through the entire Bible one version at a time - NIV, NLT, RSV, New Century, Message.
    For study or preparing a message I gravitate towards NIV with reference made to KJV/NKJV and RSV but all the other versions I mentioned end up informing my understanding.

  205. May 23, 2008 at 10:24 am

    NLT

    Coming to you from Y-Town!!

    Youngstown, OH

  206. May 23, 2008 at 10:34 am

    I’m I the lone New England representative? I use NLT mostly. Newport, RI

    (And Craig, I’m still waiting to take you to Dunkin Donuts when you’re in the area.)

  207. May 23, 2008 at 10:43 am

    I am from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. I use the NIV primarily but my secondary translation is the Message.

  208. May 23, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Raleigh, NC
    I’m a fan of the NIV, but I’ve been reading through “The Message” bible lately, and it’s starting to grow on me!

  209. May 23, 2008 at 10:53 am

    ESV
    Dixon, CA

  210. May 23, 2008 at 11:00 am

    NLT (Peoria, IL)

  211. 212nick waters
    May 23, 2008 at 11:01 am

    New Living Translation (Pauls Valley, Okla)

  212. May 23, 2008 at 11:09 am

    I’ve been using The Message for daily reading (and listening), but like NIV if I’m picking out a verse to quote or memorize. DFW area.

  213. May 23, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Wichita, KS — I use the NIV or MSG.

  214. May 23, 2008 at 11:31 am

    ESV…nothing like it! Spencer, IN

  215. May 23, 2008 at 11:37 am

    NIV/message

  216. May 23, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Las Vegas, NV

    I use the NLT for reading, and the NASB and NIV for study.

  217. May 23, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Collinsville, Virignia

    NASB for preaching
    NLT for reading and writing
    The Message for extra inspiration
    KJV to keep my office shelves balanced

  218. May 23, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    NLT for reading and teaching. NASB for word study. Las Vegas.

  219. May 23, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    NIV, ESV, RSV, NLT and occasionally NKJV

    I prefer the NLT over all.

    Clover, SC

  220. May 23, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I use NKJV for study and NLT for general reading. I really enjoy the NLT after starting using it last year.

  221. May 23, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Woops, forgot - I’m in Nashvegas baby!

  222. May 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I prefer either the NIV or the NKJV. Both were translations used at churches I attended for long periods of time.

    I’m from NJ.

  223. May 23, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    NKJV
    From UK originally, now living in NC.

  224. May 23, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Florence, SC
    ESV

  225. May 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    From: Rushford, NY
    Version: NIV
    Website: http://www.rushfordbaptist.com

  226. May 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I switch it up all the time to keep it fresh. Personally like NLT and NASB but haven’t read ESV yet.(Since I write kids’ curriculum, I use biblegateway all the stinkin’ time to find and compare verses I want. I need them accurate but only with words kids will get. No one translation is best at that. Edmond, OK

  227. May 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I use the NLT and (like Kendra uses BibleGateway.com) I abuse e-Sword because of the inline Greek and Hebrew definitions built into the KJV (which is my second most-preferred translation).

    Side note: I began to understand (and like) Paul’s personality a little better after I read his letters in The Message. I often used to wonder if I would have *liked* him had I met him in person.

  228. 229A Nelson
    May 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Indianapolis, IN.
    I use ESV. It has accuracy like NASB without archaic words.

  229. 230Erik
    May 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    nobody just uses the plain old Greek? yea, me neither.

    I live in Carlsbad, Ca // NRSV

  230. May 23, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    NIV . . . followed closely by NLT

  231. May 23, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    NIV…
    Norman, OK

  232. 233Jonathan Dunn
    May 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    ESV and NIV

  233. May 23, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    I’m from Atlanta, GA - attend Buckhead Church

    Message//REMIX

  234. 235Jason Frasier
    May 23, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    NASB
    Fort Worth, Texas

  235. May 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    [...] to everyone who commented on the previous post I wrote asking about Bible translations. I think we set a record number of [...]

  236. 237David
    May 23, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I use the NIV and Message translations.

  237. May 23, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Oklahoma City- I read the NLT and teach out of the NIV

  238. May 23, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    TNIV primarily. Long Beach, Ca.

  239. May 23, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    I’ll start to read it in NIV, but may use the KJV in the computer to find it, because that’s how I memorized it as a kid. Then like a typical male with a remote control in hand, I flip around looking to see how else the verse is rendered. ESV is sure building momentum, isn’t it?

  240. May 26, 2008 at 9:40 am

    NIV and Message combined…Hendersonville, TN or Nashvegas suburb!

  241. 242Steve Ponder
    May 27, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    For serious study, NASB. For teaching, ESV.

    Houston, TX

  242. May 29, 2008 at 12:56 am

    Tallahassee, FL

    I prefer to use both the Message and the NLT for reading and teaching. For studying, I may also use the NIV, Amplified, and/or NKJV. Often, I simply alternate between these on BibleGateway.com in order to minimize the clutter on my desk.

    Favorite Version: The Message

  243. 244Mr. Smith
    Dec 7, 2008 at 6:49 am

    When will the NLT be available? i find this version the best of all translations (next to the kjv).
    please let me know!

  244. 245Jeff
    Dec 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    KJV
    NASB
    ESV
    NLT

    Are my favorites