We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and should be studied, learned, and obeyed. You should get a good Bible to read. In translating the Bible into English, four general categories of translation are most common: word-forword translations, thought-for-thought translations, paraphrases, and corruptions. The same four options are also used in the translation of other ancient books into English. This is not unique to Bible translations.
In the history of Elevation, we have never divided over the issue of Bible translations. We will never discourage our community from enjoying multiple accurate English translations of Scripture. We have always maintained that various translations have various strengths and weaknesses and believe that you will benefit from enjoying multiple translations of God’s Word. (We often teach from the ESV or the NLT.)
Lastly, while purchasing a study Bible can be quite expensive, it is imperative that you invest some money purchasing at least one nice Bible with some helps (footnotes, crossreferences, etc.) and room for their notes. When buying a Bible, the general rule is that the more money you spend, the better the quality of paper, binding, and leather you will receive. Because your primary Bible will be filled with notes and become so familiar to you, it is wise to invest in a good Bible so that it lasts. This will enable you to spend considerable time reading it, memorizing it, studying it, and meditating upon it as the Holy Spirit reveals to you the person and work of Jesus on every page.
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