Bible Translations


The first key in developing a life-giving relationship with God is reading the Bible. The Bible is the number one way God will speak to you.

James 1:25 (Phillips) The man who looks into the perfect mirror of God’s law, the law of liberty (or freedom), and makes a habit of so doing, is not the man who sees and forgets. He puts that law into practice and he wins true happiness.

  • The goal of reading your Bible is to hear from God.
  • Apply what God is showing you to your life.
  • Share what God revealed to you with someone else.

The number one reason people stop studying their Bible is because they’re using a Bible translation that’s hard for them to understand. It is important to find Bible translations that speak to YOU!

An easy way to do this is to download the YouVersion Bible App and find Bible translations that are easy for you to understand (use the information below to help).

Bible Translations by Reading Level

Word for Word Translations

  • KJV – Level 12 (ages 17+)
  • NASB – Level 11 (ages 16+)
  • AMP – Level 11 (ages 16+)
  • ESV – Level 10 (ages 15+)
  • NABRE – Level 9 (ages 14+)
  • NKJV – Level 7 (ages 12+)

Thought for Thought Translations

  • NIV – Level 7 (ages 12+)
  • NLT – Level 6 (ages 11+)
  • GW – Level 5 (ages 10+)
  • CEV – Level 5 (ages 10+)
  • NCV – Level 3 (ages 7+)
  • NIRV – Level 3 (ages 7+)

Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV) In the multitude of counselors there is safety.

Using multiple Bible translations helps to understand the heartbeat of God found in each verse. Notice there are different methods of Bible translation. One method is to translate the Bible, from its original language to English, word for word. These translations are great when doing word studies. However, they are not as helpful for reading and comprehension. Thought for thought translations tend to be more helpful for reading and comprehension. So use both!

I personally like to read several translation of a verse and see the “scarlet thread” (the main point every translation is making). No one translator translates the heartbeat of God perfectly for every single verse. But in the multitude of counselors there is safety! Using multiple translations makes it easy to see what God is saying.

Bible Translation Comparisons

For those who want to really dig deep, feel free to download the following meditation manuals for each verse of each book in the Bible. These translation comparisons were put together by Pastor Buzzy Sutherlin. Pastor Buzzy collected over 300 different Bible translations and did all the hard work for you!

I hope you find these translation comparisons helpful as you study God’s Word! Be blessed!

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