Bible Translation Poll - 2020 Edition

Discussion in 'Translations and Manuscripts' started by Rutherglen1794, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. ASV

    0 vote(s)
  2. CSB

    3 vote(s)
  3. EHV

    1 vote(s)
  4. ESV

    40 vote(s)
  5. Geneva

    1 vote(s)
  6. HCSB

    0 vote(s)
  7. KJV

    41 vote(s)
  8. Lexham

    0 vote(s)
  9. NASB

    12 vote(s)
  10. NET

    0 vote(s)
  11. NIV

    6 vote(s)
  12. NKJV

    18 vote(s)
  13. RSV

    0 vote(s)
  14. YLT

    0 vote(s)
  15. Other (specify)

    4 vote(s)
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  1. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Junior

    I am curious to know the state of English Bible translation usage on the PB in 2020.

    Please vote for your primary translation, and comment on why it is your primary choice.

  2. JimmyH

    JimmyH Puritan Board Junior

    I'm in my 6th consecutive year of doing the M'Cheyne 1 Year Bible Reading Plan. Each year was a different primary translation (Formal Equivalent) and a secondary (Functional Equivalent). This year my primary is the NRSV, secondary is the NLT.
  3. BLM

    BLM Puritan Board Freshman

    My primary translation in 2020 is the NKJV. I too am using it in my M'Cheyne Bible Reading Plan. This is my first year reading the NKJV and I'm puzzled at what took me so long to use it -- I really enjoy reading from it!

    As for reasoning, I prefer the traditional received text and find the NKJV easier/smoother to read than my KJV, which has always been a perennial favorite. I also REALLY appreciate the footnotes in the NKJV showing where the text differs from the NU, which I find interesting.

    In years past, in addition to the KJV, I've spent a lot of time in the NIV, ESV, and to a lesser extent the NLT. I'm a BibleGateway geek as well and use it daily to compare passages across four or five different translations at a time.
  4. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    I generally alternate between the ESV, NKJV, and NIV. The others I tend only to use them either for consultation or when I want to quickly read through a book. While I like the NIV a lot as a Bible to read in private, I am of the opinion that it is not the best for reading in church.

    Some people hit the cry button whenever I say anything positive about the NIV. But, remember, that nobody likes a crybaby - except for their mammas and Democrats. ;)
  5. ZackF

    ZackF Puritan Board Graduate

    I personally use the KJV for reading and personal study. We use CSB in family worship. In the Sunday School class I teach most often the ESV.
  6. Jonathco

    Jonathco Puritan Board Freshman

    I recently transitioned from the NASB to the ESV for my primary translation and have no regrets. I grew up on the NKJV and still cross-reference that translation a lot in my personal study as well.

    To be honest, the ESV, NKJV, and the NASB are all solid translations.
  7. Dekybo

    Dekybo Puritan Board Freshman

    I’ve enjoy the wording of the ESV so it is my primary but I sometimes use the NASB. I use the NLT in family worship for my little girls
  8. Ed Walsh

    Ed Walsh Puritan Board Junior

    Throughout my life, the King James has been my primary translation, but in 2019 and 2020 I've been using the ESV as my primary. Every time I open it--and I mean every time--I open the ESV I mumble under my breath "I really don't like this translation." I kid you not. I'm committed to going through it about three times and then hopefully back to my KJV. I use the NASB, NKJV, YLT and several other translations check with. Surprisingly, the NIV occasionally hits something right on the nose but rarely. I have done enough reading to be persuaded that the ESV really has many redeeming qualities, but there's so much I don't like about it. I absolutely despise the gender-neutral readings, the missing verses really bother me even though I understand the research of why they are not there. It always seemed to me that for a scribe to innocently omit a verse would be more likely than to do the unthinkable of adding in their own thoughts. So there you have. The ESV is my primary translation for 2020 but as I said, I really don't like it.
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  9. kodos

    kodos Puritan Board Junior

    NKJV - I have come to appreciate it more and more every year. It is from my preferred text family, it tracks with the Confession proof texts, and has the textual notes which helps if you are following someone who is reading from the CT or are in a room with those who are using the CT.

    I like the way it reads and I can follow along if someone is preaching out of the KJV and those who use the KJV can follow along easily if I read from the NKJV.

    I like the KJV more and more each year. I don’t know if I’d switch, but it is possible. I’d still preach from the NKJV if I did. Oh, and my favorite preacher (Kenneth Stewart) also uses the NKJV. So there’s that :)

    I was converted under the NIV and I do occasionally remember its rendition due to having memorized verses out of it. I occasionally will turn to it to check its rendition of a text when I do translation work. It sometimes has good insight.

    I used the ESV for two years. My impression is the same as Ed’s. Especially with the psalms. I just can’t like it. I’ll use the NASB or NET instead when I need to consult a CT English translation.
  10. Poimen

    Poimen Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I grew up with a mix of NKJV (home and church) and NIV (school). I have been a member in churches that use the ESV and NKJV, and have pastored churches that have used the KJV and the NKJV.

    The KJV is now my pulpit, home and study Bible for the following, positive reasons: 1) fidelity a) to the preserved text & b) to scripture's doctrine of inspiration 2) literalness without sacrificing ease of reading 3) popularity amongst a wide variety of Christians & thus staying power 4) use of distinct plural and singular pronouns 5) italics used when words are introduced into the text for clarity.

    Negatively, I do not trust committees, especially those influenced by papists and liberals, to keep and render the word of God pure and undefiled.
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  11. jambo

    jambo Puritan Board Senior

    For years I used the NASB and when the ESV was published I moved onto it. I was never altogether happy with it as it has some odd renderings of some verses. I persevered as long as possible but when my bible fell apart 6 weeks ago I reverted back to the NASB. One of the biggest gripes I have with bible versions is that it is now very hard to get Anglicised versions of bibles. Our church uses the ESV and I do have an Anglicised ESV that I bring to church, but you can only get plain ones without cross references.
  12. Ed Walsh

    Ed Walsh Puritan Board Junior

    Any particular sermons you recommend by Kenneth Stewart? There's a bunch on Sermon Audio just want to know where I should start.
  13. CovenantWord

    CovenantWord Puritan Board Freshman

    I use NKJV consistently for personal and family devotions, because I believe it is the best available combination of literal, TR, respect for Church history, and accessibility to the modern English reader. For research, I often also review three other literal translations: KJV, NASB, and YLT.
  14. Minh

    Minh Puritan Board Freshman

    My favorite is the NASB because of its readability and literalness. While the KJV is the greatest monument of all English translation and God's gift to the English speaking world, I find it difficult to understand the exact meaning of the text in archaic form, though it is the official translation of my faithful denomination.
  15. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    KJV because The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible.

    I grew up mostly on the KJV, then jumped ship to ESV. A few years back I kept alternating between the two. Made the switch back to KJV.
  16. Edward

    Edward Puritanboard Commissioner

    ESV, because it is the standard at our church.
    My preferred translation is the NKJV.
  17. Nate

    Nate Puritan Board Junior

    I use the KJV for family and personal devotions, and it is the translation used in my church off the pulpit and in Bible studies. I love listening to my young children recite whole chapters of the KJV. Because they are growing up in a context where the KJV is used for preaching, catechism, and home worship, they readily understand this translation.

    This year I am also reading through the Scriptures using the ESV Reader's Bible. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
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  18. Brian R.

    Brian R. Puritan Board Freshman

    Made the switch from ESV to KJV about 8 years ago and never looked back. My family and I use KJV 99% of the time, our church holds to it almost exclusively, and I believe it's the best English translation we have today. There are other reasons, but I'll stay brief.
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  19. kodos

    kodos Puritan Board Junior

    His series on either Esther or Daniel are a good place to start in my opinion. But I've profited from pretty much everything I've heard from him.
  20. Brian Withnell

    Brian Withnell Puritan Board Junior

    I don't know as I approve of all this new fangled translations! The Latin Vulgate was plenty good enough through from the 5th century on, so I see no reason to deviate now!

    Well, not really. NASB 1995 update and NIV (1985). But I have at my finger tips 35 versions I can use (not counting any in foreign languages). Yes, I use software as my Bible. I only use paper if I don't have a computer or my cell phone with me (very rare indeed).
  21. Brian Withnell

    Brian Withnell Puritan Board Junior

    Oh, I also ought to specify ... I'm dyslexic, so I tend to do "reading" by listening. I can listen to the Bible while driving to and from work and get through it 3 times a year. I can hardly wait until I can get an autonomous vehicle so I can concentrate completely on it.
  22. Kinghezy

    Kinghezy Puritan Board Sophomore

    ESV. I have dabbled in the NASB at times. I recently became annoyed by the translations choice in dropping the word "gird" from 2 or three passages (see below), that NKJV & KJV are an option that I am considering. Despite being on the literal end of translations, it baffles me why that is needed, since it seems unrelated to translating into English.

    1. NASB:
      1. LUKE 12:35 -- "Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.
      3. 1 Peter 1:13 -- Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus
    2. ESV
      1. LUKE 12:35 -- “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning,
      2. EPHESIANS 6:14 -- Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
      3. 1 Peter 1:13 -- Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
    3. NKJV
      1. LUKE 12:35 -- “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;
      2. EPHESIANS 6:14 -- Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness
      3. 1 Peter 1:13 -- Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ
  23. G

    G Puritan Board Junior

    The reasons I use the NKJV primarily are here:

    Also I read a lot of Matthew Henry commentary, so I also end up spending a lot of time with the KJV, which I like as well.

    Our church uses the ESV for preaching.
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  24. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    I have used the ESV since shortly after it was first published in late 2001. It is both accurate and eminently readable. I enjoy it more each year.

    UPDATE: Our pastor preaches from the NASB and that's the translation in our pew Bibles, but I'm part of the resistance! Heh.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2020
  25. Seeking_Thy_Kingdom

    Seeking_Thy_Kingdom Puritan Board Freshman

    I primarily use the ESV for reading since I did not grow up with the KJV, and I use the NASB when studying.

    My hope is that one day there will be a high quality Geneva, that would instantly become my favorite Bible.
  26. CJW

    CJW Puritan Board Freshman

    I use the KJV exclusively, and it is the version our church uses. Reasons: it’s a faithful translation of the received text, it differentiates between 2nd person singular and plural, it’s easy to read aloud from, it’s what I grew up with, and I’m a snob about languages. :)
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  27. Ed Walsh

    Ed Walsh Puritan Board Junior

    I agree with both things you said about the KJV. It is beautiful and designed to be read aloud. Did you know that there's a revised version of the NASB coming out shortly? I am really looking forward to it although I don't know anything about it yet. I'm old enough to remember when the NIV was all the rage in many churches. But in time it fell out of favor and the switch was made to the ESV. But the perennial NASB just won't go away and it seems to be making a comeback these days.

    Does anybody else know about this NASB revision?
  28. JimmyH

    JimmyH Puritan Board Junior

    Here is a bit of information on some of the textual decisions ;
  29. GulfCoast Presbyterian

    GulfCoast Presbyterian Puritan Board Junior

    The ESV is my primary translation, supplemented by the NASV and the KJV. I need to look into the NKJV.
  30. smalltown_puritan

    smalltown_puritan Puritan Board Freshman

    I love the Geneva Bible (1599), which is what I use for private study and family worship. I find it to be a simple and accurate translation, with excellent marginal/study notes.
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