In summary, I would suggest that each English-speaking Christian own at least an RSV, NIV, and NET. For someone who wishes to study the Bible, an ESV, KJV and NEB would also make good additions to their library. And then, make sure that you read the book!

An earlier version of this article was published on under the title "Why So Many Versions?" (Biblical Studies Press, 1998).

A new edition of the NLT was released shortly after this article was written, and thus is not discussed here. There is a review of the NLT Study Bible, with information about the NLT version, available at

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Logos Bible Software. Each issue of Bible Study Magazine provides tools and methods for Bible study as well as insights from people like John Piper, Kay Arthur, Mark Driscoll, Randy Alcorn, John MacArthur, Barry Black, and more. More information is available at Originally published in print: Copyright Bible Study Magazine (Nov-Dec 2008): pgs. 23-26.

Publication date: May 1, 2010