Recommended Bible Translations

Word for Word "Literal" Translations
  • Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Thought for Thought "Dynamic Equivalence" Translations
  • New Living Translation (NLT)
  • New International Version (NIV)

Get the Idea "Paraphrase" Translations
  • The Message (MSG)
  • The Passion Translation (TPT)
  • J. B. Phillips New Testament (PHP)

Suggestion: Pick one from the Word for Word or Thought for Thought as your main Bible. Then add one from the Get the Idea list. Then add one from the remaining list. The first ones listed in each category are a good place to start.

Reading Plans & Life Journals

Study Bibles & Commentaries

  • The Life Application Study Bible, New Living Translation (NLT)
    • Overview videos for each book of the Bible
    • How to Read the Bible videos
    • Theme & visual commentary videos
    • Podcasts
    • Blog
  • The BibleProject app

Commentaries are books that go in-depth explaining the Bible. Usually a commentary covers one book of the Bible. Want to check one out? At BibleProject, the page for each book of the Bible has a section of recommended books listing popular and academic books and commentaries for that book of the Bible. (See the "Learn" section as on this page for the Gospel of Matthew...) Start with one in from the "popular" list.




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