Find the Right Bible

Bibles come in a variety of formats and sizes. Many are targeted for specific people or special occasions. Some have additional material for devotion or study. Here are the most popular Bible translations grouped by type, with a brief description, a sample reading, and a link that will allow you to quickly find more Bibles of the same type.

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AMP

AMP

Amplified Bible

Translation Type:  Word-for-Word plus additional amplification of word meanings. Formal Equivalence.
Target Audience:  Those looking for more detailed shades of meaning in scripture.
Denominational Affiliation:  None
Publisher:  Zondervan
Year Released:  1965, 1987

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ESV

ESV

English Standard Version

Translation Type:  Formal Equivalence: essentially literal
Target Audience:  Bible readers of all ages.
Denominational Affiliation:  Evangelical, interdenominational, conservative
Publisher:  Crossway
Year Released:  2001

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ESV

HCSB

Holman Christian Standard Bible

Translation Type:  Formal Equivalence
Target Audience:  Bible readers of all ages
Denominational Affiliation:  Protestant, evangelical, conservative, interdenominational
Publisher:  Holman Bible Publishers
Year Released:  2000, 2002, 2004

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ESV

KJV

King James Versiion

Translation Type:  Formal Equivalence
Target Audience:  Conservative protestant
Denominational Affiliation:  Church of England, conservative and evangelical
Publisher:  Various
Year Released:  1611

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ESV

KJVER

King James Versiion Easy Read

Translation Type:  Formal Equivalence
Target Audience:  Conservative protestant
Denominational Affiliation:  Conservative and evangelical
Publisher:  Whitaker House
Year Released:  1974

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TLB

NAB

New American Bible

Translation Type:  Formal equivalence.
Target Audience:  Catholic.
Denominational Affiliation:  Roman Catholic
Publisher:  Various
Year Released:  1970, 1986, 1991

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TLB

NABRE

New American Bible Revised Edition

Translation Type:  Formal equivalence.
Target Audience:  Catholic Youth.
Denominational Affiliation:  Roman Catholic
Publisher:  Various
Year Released:  2011

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TLB

NASB

New American Standard Bible

Translation Type:  Formal equivalence.
Target Audience:  Conservative, evangelical, protestant.
Denominational Affiliation:  Conservative and evangelical
Publisher:  Various
Year Released:  1971, 1995

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TLB

NIV

New International Version

Translation Type:  Dynamic equivalence. Balance between between word-for-word and thought-for-thought.
Target Audience:  Bible readers of all ages.
Denominational Affiliation:  Conservative and evangelical
Publisher:  Zondervan
Year Released:  1978, 1984, 2010

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TLB

NKJV

New King James Version

Translation Type:  Formal equivalence.
Target Audience:  Those who want a readable translation of the Bible that is great for study but maintains the poetry of the King James Version.
Denominational Affiliation:  Conservative, evangelical Protestant, Orthodox.
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson Publishers
Year Released:  1982

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TLB

NRSV

New Revised Standard Version

Translation Type:  Formal equivalence.
Target Audience:  All mainline denominations.
Denominational Affiliation:  Mainline and interconfessional.
Publisher:  Various
Year Released:  1989

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TLB

RVR

Reina-Valera Revised 1960

Translation Type:  Formal equivalence. Spanish.
Target Audience:  Adults, pastors, ministries.
Denominational Affiliation:  Universal.
Publisher:  American Bible Society and licensees
Year Released:  1960

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