I was thinking about blogging on this and then I read ElShaddai’s posting on translations and thought why not? Bible Translations use to be something that was easy to stick with. I would say growing up you either read the NIV, NKJV, or the NASB. And your pastor more than likely preached out of one these translations as his primary text. Today there are many, many new choices. Since I was 14 years old back in 1980 I started reading the NKJV, and it was also the bible that my pastor preached from. I read it up until 2001 when I came across the ESV. It was advertise as being as good as the NASB, but yet more readable. The NASB was my primary study bible and the one I used to prepare most of my lessons from. So I took the leap and replaced both the NKJV and the NASB with the ESV.
In 2005 I came across the HCSB and really liked it, there are a few translations choice they made that I don’t care for but overall it is not enough to cause me to not enjoy it. The problem was that I could not find anyone to endorse it so I still read it but was reluctant to use it as a primary study bible. I thought that it was literal enough and it was much more readable or smoother than the ESV. Switching to the ESV was the greatest thing I had ever done as it freed me to consider other translations. It was through blogging that I came across ElShaddai Edwards’s, and Rick Mansfield’s blog and a few others that they actually had some great things to say about the HCSB. So for me that was enough to move from the ESV to the HCSB.
My goal for 2009 is to read the TNIV with my nice new Fine Leather Reference Bible that I just got for Christmas. I am trying to work out a system where one is my primary bible that I use to memorize, read, and study with. I know that it is going to be either the HCSB, TNIV, or the NLT (I think that all of these are great translations). Regardless of which one I settle on, these three translations will be part of my normal studies and translations to compare with and teach from. The other bible that I am going to give a fair shake to is the NET bible which I have not really given a good enough effort on.