Not to make this another "best version of the Bible" topic, but I have some specific questions that I would really appreciate some answers/replies on.
I'm 23, and been a Christian for a few years now. When I became one I started to read the NIV, and have enjoyed it very much ever since. I've tried to read the KJV, and I do believe it is a great Bible, but I cannot really understand it, I'd need an old-english to new-english dictionary to really understand it.
Anyway, a few months ago I looked into the various Bible versions for a bit, was blown away that there were actually so many. But in the end, with all the versions, I thought the NIV is a great version, and I'd just stick to it.
Well, recently, the last day or so. I started to look at the NASB. And see how it really is, or at least tries to be, a pure literal word-for-word translation of the Bible. And how the NIV really isn't. It really got me worked up, and sort of antsy for some reason. I started to feel like I've been reading someones interpretation of the Bible for years, instead of the actual Bible. And how a Bible probably should just be a word-for-word translation, without bias. And maybe that's why the kjv is considered so good.
Anyway, am I right for sort of feeling this way? I still think the NIV is a great Bible, and am sentimentally attached to my first Bible, that I've grown in my faith with, but I somewhat feel like I'm supposed to read a word-for-word translation like the NASB. That its closer to the real original Bible than the NIV. Closer to God's Word than the NIV.
Now, the second part of my post, I know its a long one, thanks for those who have read this far.
I went for a walk today, to think about all this, and maybe see if I could find a copy of the NASB. I don't drive, and there isn't really a real exclusive book store in my town. So I went to the Salvation Army, and another store. Didn't find a NASB.
But on my way home, I decided to check out the library. And I couldn't quite believe it, but for sale, I saw a copy of the New American Standard Bible, for fifty-cents. I was just blown away, felt it was a gift from God in my search.
I've read a little of it, like it. Has a sort of KJV touch, with a more understandable read of the NIV.
Anyway, it's copyright date inside only goes up to 1973. And I see that the later 70's version were copyrighted in '75 and '77. So I was wondering about this one. Is it still a reliable Bible? I think so, but with all of this I would like some help from other Christians, some which may have went through these questions before.
Thanks for any help.