Please note that unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright ©2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The ESV is my Bible of choice for study, but it is by no means the only one that I use. I try to use it for my blog posts to remain consistent. I recommend reading the same verses, chapters, or book that you’re studying from multiple translations as doing so will give you a strong grasp of the passage.
In the argument about the best translation, I believe that this quote by Rick Warren (author of Purpose Driven Life) sums it up:
“I was once asked what the best translation of the Bible is. My answer was, “When you translate it into your life.” That’s what Bible study is all about. If you’re not translating God’s Word into your life, you’re not studying the Bible the way God intended.”