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Which Bible Translations are reliable?

February 2, 2010

I’m currently doing some readings into which Bibles Christians should use.  The quick and simple answer from what I gather so far is:

Refer to several translations before making conclusions.  None of the manuscripts are perfect, and as I just read and learned, neither is the Textus Receptus, which the KJV and NKJV is based off.

Here are several articles talking about the debate, and they all come to the same conclusion, and that there is not one standard to use.

Modern Versions and the KJV

Which Version Can We Trust?

Westcott & Hort vs. Textus Receptus: Which is Superior?

I still tend to lean towards the Majority texts, in which the TR agrees with.  Something about the Alexandrian texts (Sinaiticus and Vaticanus) and the fact of their recent discoveries raises a lot of questions.  Just like John Ogwyn states here:

How Did We Get the Bible?

While these translations [Alexandrian based] can be useful for Bible study, they should be treated with caution, and not accepted to the exclusion of the more historically sound texts [Majority Texts].

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