One of the ways I keep my Bible study fresh and exciting is to buy and use a new Bible every so often. My TS2009 has been my primary Bible for a couple years, and I like how it is showing signs of regular use. I have taken good care of it, but it very easily opens by itself to pages in Psalms, Proverbs, and Revelation. Plus I know there are no pages stuck together. 😉 If I was to be put on trial for being a Christian hopefully my used Bibles would be part of the proof to convict me.
So despite the fact I believe Jesus is coming back soon, I have done a little research about my next primary Bible and what translation it should be. I believe the original texts of the Bible are perfect. But I also think there are errors in the Hebrew and Greek texts from which modern Bible translations are made, and I think the translators made some mistakes translating from the Hebrew and Greek into English.
Important: I believe the Holy Spirit can speak to us from any made-in-good-faith-to-glorify-God translation. (I have met adults that for one reason or another have very limited reading skills. The perhaps-justly-criticized paraphrase translations are all they can understand.) But I feel I should choose translations that make His job as easy as possible to teach me.
One thing I see all over the Bible is the importance of our walk.
22 “For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. 23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’ 24 Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.”
Jeremiah 7:22-24 NKJV
He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,
But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.
Proverbs 14:2 NKJV
6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:6-7 NKJV
Therefore I believe the original text of Romans 8:1 includes, as the NKJV renders it, “who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.“
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 NKJV
The ESV and many other translations are based on Greek texts that omit “who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.“
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1 ESV
I believe the original Bible manuscript includes the Greek of “who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” in Romans 8:1. Therefore I cannot in good conscience select the ESV or any other translation which omits it.
You be a Berean and make your own decision. 🙂
Jesus is coming very soon. Be ready!
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 NKJV
32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV
34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV