Bible Translations

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?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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