Based on Bible sales, a recent study shows which bible translations are the most popular. Here are the top 10…

1. New International Version

2. New King James Version

3. King James Version

4. New Living Translation

5. English Standard Version

6. Holman Christian Standard Bible

7. New American Standard Bible

8. The Message

9. New International Readers Version

10. Today’s New International Version

There are many opinions as to which translation is the BEST overall. Let me just simply suggest that it doesn’t matter what translation you have, if you’re not willing to open it and read it, it’s not doing you any good. Spiritual growth comes from reading God’s word and obeying what He’s asked us to do.

Take some time today to read from God’s word. If you’ll let it, it will transform your life.

What’s YOUR favorite version?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Tim Archer says:

    This thought came to mind:

    What's the best translation of the Bible for the people around us?

    We are.

    Grace and peace,
    Tim Archer

  2. Donna G says:

    Good one Tim…

    I am loving the NLT right now. But it is about time to buy a new Bible. Sometimes what I underline distracts me….

  3. Robin says:

    I'm enjoying the NLT as well, but this year's daily reading is from the NCV. The Grace for the Moment Daily Bible (with daily devos written by Max Lucado) has been great motivation for me so far. I've heard the "God's Word" version is really, really good, too. I hope to check it out sometime!

  4. thetimehascome says:

    I find myself mostly in the NIV, ESV, and CSB these days. I'll give a hearty "Amen" to your post and share a quote from a friend on which is best: "The Bible you need is the Bible you'll READ!"

  5. eastern ky pastor says:

    I preach from the NIV, I live in an area where reading levels aren't all that high. But, my personal study is from the Holman Apologetics Bible, which I've been enjoying tremendously.

    But, reading is only part of what we need to do. Taking time to ponder/meditate on what we read, so we have an understanding and applying what we read are essential. Of course, Trey was implying that …. :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have been reading The Message translation. I find the language is easy to read and I find when I share the verses with my boys the language makes it easier. I must agree with the others the best translation is the one you are willing to read.

    MM in Amarillo

  7. Olivia Orsborn says:

    I recently dusted off one of my youth bibles in the New Century Version and it's been refreshing. I don't think I've looked at this version since 1993.

  8. Adam Gonnerman says:

    My favorite is the NRSV (with Apocrypha and yes I know it's not canonical) and second is the ESV. The trouble with the NRSV is the perception that it's "liberal" and also the rather high price. I've seen paperbacks of the NRSV on the shelf being sold for over $20. That's insane.

  9. TREY MORGAN says:

    eastern ky … I totally get it :)

  10. Jojo Agot says:

    NIV for light reading, Amplified, JB Phillips and King James for study and The Message when I want to be amused.

  11. kenny says:

    I read the NLT, but most of the classes I attend still are using the NIV. I can read and understand the NLT so much better and easier. Its more of how I talk today. My favorite bible to carry around still is my New Testament NIV. Its printed in book format (one column) and easier for me to follow along with in class.

    Good post, and, I too, agree with Tim's comment.

  12. Gilbert Kerrigan says:

    I have been preaching from the TNIV lately. I really enjoy it, but they are about to stop making them. Actually, the NIV is about to get a major revision. They are calling it NIV 2011 right now.

  13. Jeff Slater says:

    I also use the TNIV and I love it. I'm sad that they are discontinuing it. I guess I'll have to stock up! Hopefully the NIV revision will read like the TNIV.

  14. Janet says:

    I use the New American Bible. I'm surprised its not on that list? Maybe it doesn't include it on the survey? (I'm Catholic)

  15. NB says:

    NIV, but also The Message.

  16. Stoogelover says:

    I preached mostly from the NIV, except for the last few years when I used NLT. For my personal reading, I prefer NLT or even The Message.

    I do like Tim Archer's comment, though!

  17. Paul Wilkinson (Thinking Out Loud) says:

    I'm increasingly using the NLT and encountering people who do as well.

  18. Karin says:

    Love the NIV, but this year I'm listening to the ESV daily narrations online. It's just so great to read the Word on the laptop and listen at the same time – and then meditate on what's been read/heard!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I like to read the niv, but I find that the new king james gives me more of a feeling you can get from the word with passion!

    Brandon Voss

  20. Wendy says:

    I prefer the NLT and ESV. I do like my TNIV (and I have The Bible Experience CDS which are TNIV). My 15 year old daughter LOVES The Message. The NIV is just so "clunky" in places.

  21. Lightening says:

    My pink one with the bling hanging from it that is small enough to fit in my handbag!!!!

    What do you mean PINK is not a translation???? 😉

  22. Royce Ogle says:

    For me the ESV and the NKJV. I find the ESV to be every bit as readible as the NIV and yet has more fidelity to the original manuscripts.

    By the way, the revision of the NIV to make it gender neutral and to market the new version in the U.S. has been shelved again. For the second time the people have said NO.

  23. Frank Bellizzi says:

    I'm convinced that sales of the KJV are so high mainly because it's in the public domain. One can buy a KJV "baby Bible" or gift Bible, etc. for next to nothing.

    My favorite English translation is the Revised Standard Version. The translators knew that their rendering of Isaiah 7:14 would cause a stir. It did, and a lot of people wrote it off, based on what their preachers told them about this bad Bible. What a shame. A descendant of Tyndale and the King James Bible, the RSV is the perfect blend of readability and dignity (in the positive, not stuffy, sense of that word).

  24. ADHD says:

    I have gotten into wanting to understand the context that scripture was written in, especially the New Testament. As my Greek is a bit rusty I did some research on which version was the most acurate translation. The New American Standard Bible is by far the truest to the original Greek in meaning. I cannot help being annoyed by the versions that paraphrase the Bible into modern langusge. The trend I see here is the subtle manipulation of scripture into saying what we want it to say.

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