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    • That is nice, but it misses the point of the thread entirely. As I already said, I am not looking for opinions on what people like, or why they like them, from all versions available. What I am looking for, is of the four I listed ONLY, which would readers prefer? Perhaps if I explained why I am asking this question, it would help people know how to best respond to the thread. First, I am not trying to create a thread about versions, my interest is the results of the poll. Here is why: If I do a study here on worthy, or on other sites or in other venues (even off line), I typically will quote from the NASB, that is my preference and I have my reasons. Because this is the case, I did not include the NASB, because I already use it frequently. However, there are those who are KJV all the way, and they disrust other Bibles, so KJV was one of the choices offered in the poll. 

      There are those, who are not fond of old English which that they do not understand, but they do not trust the ancient manusripts that some modern versions use, so they gravitate to the NKJV, to get the benefit of the texts that were used for the KJV, but in more modern English. Hence the inclusion of the NKJV in the poll. Some like how easy to read and understand the NIV is, and have no issue with the original language manuscripts, perhaps even trusting them better that the textus receptus (used in KJV) manuscripts, because of the antiquity and wide spread usage in early time of these other manuscripts, over the incomplete and relativly modern (medieval and even later) texts used for the KJV, which sometimes derived from even latin manuscripts. Also, many people like that the NIV was designed to be a version, without respect to national or denominational biases, some people like that about it. However, many people are not comfortable, with the NIV's paraphrastic nature, where it tends to me more interpretive, and less of a translation, it is largely a paraphrase. Also, over the years, recent versions of the NIV, have gone a bit politically correct, making things gender neutral. Certainly there is room for the understanding that sometimes, words like "man" mean "mankind" and would include women, but many people prefer to determine that for themselves. Anyway, the NIV is a popular, easy to understand version, so it was included as a choice. While the NASB gets high marks among many for it's scholarship and literal approach to translation, many find the language to be a bit wooden, kind of clumsy and rough, due to it's more word for word approach to translation, so it does not flow well in English for some people, I never had a problem with that. Since some do, I included the ESV. The ESV is easier to read that the NASB and aims also, to be transdenominational and international, but strikes a compromise between the NIV and the NASB, which is perfect for some beleivers. Therefore, I included that in the poll. I think all of these Bibles are fine personally, God's truth is present in all of them, and I think that all major doctrines are presevered and easily found present in them. So . . . I am just seeking to find out, what alternatives to the NASB, people might like to see, when Bible studies are done. I wanted to do the poll in this Bible study section of the forums, because I figure that here, is the section were those who are actually interested in the Bible, might congregate and interact. I could have included hundreds of Bible versions, but, I am not willing to do hundreds of separate Bible studies to accomodate everyone's tastes. If I had included more versions, then the votes would be spread out so much, as to be of no use. Think of a presidential election, where there are 100 candidates running in 100 parties, all of whom/which are viable. Under such conditions, could we arrive at any sort of consensus?  That is why I limited the choices, it is a chance for people to have a say, and make known what versions they might find acceptable or useful for study. Thanks all, for participating.
    • Hi Churchmouse :) People who are living for the here and now are missing the biggest gift in life....Jesus  O soul, are you weary and troubled?
      No light in the darkness you see?
      There’s light for a look at the Savior,
      And life more abundant and free! Refrain:
      Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
      Look full in His wonderful face,
      And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
      In the light of His glory and grace. Through death into life everlasting
      He passed, and we follow Him there;
      O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
      For more than conqu’rors we are! His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
      Believe Him, and all will be well:
      Then go to a world that is dying,
      His perfect salvation to tell!  
    • I did put the request in for this topic to be closed and I'm sure somebody can do this for you . God Bless..
    • That is the case with every major currency, to include the Yuan.  China now has a debut level at a higher GDP/Debt rate than the US.   Their debt to GDP rate is growing faster than almost any other country. 
    • Agree ,  it does need to line up with scripture, as God can do what He want,we can't add anything to the Bible ,really all that matters is on the end of our life in who we believed.  
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