So, I have been saved recently, and I've decided I want to start reading the Bible, but the only Bible I have is one that my grandparents gave me, and it's got my name on it and everything. And I saw on facebook where people were posting Bible verses, and I looked them up, and they are worded differently.. Is this okay? They basically mean the same thing, just worded differntly. I want to post some too, but Idk if they're like "correct" and I heard the KJV was best, I guess that's what all my friends have, but anyway.. does this matter?
Nope, it doesn't matter at all so don't worry about getting a new one. It's what you do with the knowledge that counts, not which version it's written in. Yours should be fine.
Keep the bible your grandparents gave you, it's the only bible with the true word of God that has not been twisted and changed. The other bibles are perverted twisted word of God, just like satan twisted the word of God in the garden and Eve believed his lie, SO are the new bibles, the NKJV, the NIV and others. Do a search on the perverted false bibles NKJV NIV and see for yourself.
kevin is decieved. Anonymous is correct.Keep your KJV bible your grandparents gave you. Guard it with your life!
Yeah, I have to say, I agree, you should keep the Bible your grandparents gave you. It may not be the best out there, but that's more a matter of opinion than fact. The fact that your grandparents gave the Bible to you gives it more value and meaning to you than any old Bible you just went out and bought. It's the meaning of the words, not the words themselves that matter.
If you want to compare versions, biblegateway.com lets you compare different versions for a bible verse. Sometimes new versions make corrections, like changing "the voice of the turtle" to "the voice of the turtledove". But sometimes they modify the meaning for no good reason.
I happen to like the KJV, but the language is 400 years old. No, it doesn't matter greatly which one you use. There is not just one "correct" version.
They all provide the same accounts. Protestant bibles just didn't include some accounts that the catholic bible has. eg. The Book of Maccabees.
One of the most important things to remember is that the bible was not originally written in English. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew. The New Testament was written in Greek (the common language of the day). Some bibles are translations, where highly qualified Greek and Hebrew scholars have labored for years to bring them to us and have made every effort to remain true to the original languages (such as the KJV, the NIV, New American Standard, etc.) Other bibles are paraphrases from equally qualified scholars whose mission is to make the bible more easily understood in modern day English (such as The Message, etc.) Any clear thinking Christian will not go wrong with any of them. But, it is always a good idea to check with your local pastor and get his suggestions as well.
I remember one of my biggest mistakes when I gave my heart to Christ as a young boy, was to start in the Old Testament to "work my way" through the whole bible. I started in Genesis but by the time I got up to the "so-and-so begat so-and-so's" I got totally frustrated and quit. Years later, when I decided to get really serious about following Christ, I realized that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old Testament and that the best way to know Christ better, was to concentrate on the New Testament, especially the gospel of John and the letters of Paul the Apostle. I also read a chapter out of the Psalms and Proverbs each day, which helped me learn wisdom and how to worship. These would be my suggested starting points.
On a side note, I trust you will have the discernment to disregard the Anonymous posts here. Most of these individuals are not bible scholars and have a personal legalistic and performance-based agenda that is not your best interest.
God bless you! May your roots grow deep in the Love of Christ! Nothing else matters.
I love the KJV and find that other versions leave me cold, but it is good to compare. I started reading my KJV (a gift from my parents) by reading the words attributed to Jesus. Those words were in red. Like Ovelky, I tried to start at the beginning and it just didn't work for me (I was 13) But the words in red brought Christ in focus for me. I also agree with pgroot's answer. Go to that website and compare for yourself. The KJV confuses many because the language is Elizabethan, but I adore it.
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