|lisa jones wrote:
i have one question here! out of all the translations the NIV seems to be the ‘bad’ one….why is that? when it was written initally it is taken from manuscripts earlier than the kjv manuscripts—so earlier does seems to me would be more accurate! granted, there are more kj scripts so that shows a unity amog them, but i personally read both versions—not solidly loyal to either one. the one I am solidly loyal to is God, Our Father! To praise Him and worship Him should be our main objective…not disagree continuously over which bible is the best. Do these discussions glorify His name?
I personally give out NIV NT to new believers! The NIV was published in 1978. It may be considered a counterpart to the NEB. It is more a phrase-for-phrase translation than a word-for-word translation, and the scholars were generally more conservative than those who worked on the NEB. I personally consider it the best phrase-for-phrase translation available today. However, its major flaw is in its simplicity of language. The editors wanted to make sure it was easy to read. In achieving this goal, they often sacrificed accuracy (in particular, in the NT, sentences are shortened, subordination of thought is lost, conjunctions are deleted).
Again, for study there are many translations, use the one that God speaks to you from. If your interested in witnessing, I have found through trial-and-error (KJV, NKJV, MKJV, CEV), that NIV is best for newbies, as it does not create a stumbling block for them when the pastor says, “Please turn your bibles too…” Here is a good article on the translations so that you can make a decision based upon evidence and substantiation http://www.bible.org/docs/soapbox/versions.htm
Hope that helped….I don’t think the NIV is a “bad” version personally and have a Leadership Bible that I use from time to time that is awesome! Maybe it is something to take to prayer after you do some research. You will be pleased to know that the Bible does not address which version to read, but it does have stipulations about the following:
2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
2Ti 3:17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work
2Pe 1:20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,
2Pe 1:21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
Hope that helped!