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How to choose the right bible for you...

First time choosing a bible? You could find yourself a little overwhelmed, what with so many translations, bible uses, language styles, colours, bindings, font sizes and more. So the team here at Equipping the Church have categorised the bibles we provide by translation first and then, when you're on that page, you can filter your search in a number of ways such as bible use, binding etc. 

Choosing the right translation...

There are a lot of Bible translations all translated from the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic into English.  Some, such as the ESV, NKJV, KVV and NASV, are what's called Word for Word translations attempting to stay as close to the original text as is possible.  Translations such as the NIV, CSB and NLT are what are called Thought for Thought where the translators have translated so as to best convey the heart and meaning behind the original text.  Lastly there are what are called paraphrased bibles, such as The Message, CEV or Good News, where the text has been paraphrased into modern coloquel English whilst also removing a lot bible phrases and terms that can be confusing for new Christians or younger minds. Click on the graphic below choosing the translation that you feel best meets your reading style and need.

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Different bibles for different uses...

If you know the translation and speech style you can move straight to the bible use.  Do you intend to use your bible for study, for use in church on a lectern, something that fits in your pocket (definitely not a lectern bible) or a bible to give to a child.  You can choose from the list below and then use the filters to choose translation, binding etc...

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