I’ve often viewed myself as "a man without a translation." Some are more literal, but are absolutely dreadful at communicating in the English language. Some are better at English, but give up some on the accuracy end. I have typically always been an NIV preacher and used a variety of translations for personal study.
I’m getting closer to joining the movement toward the ESV–which seems to do a pretty good job of being both accurate and beautiful. What translations do you find helpful for personal study and preaching/teaching?