Which Bible Translation ?


This chart diagrams almost every Bible translation out there. It shows which ones are ‘ literal ‘ ( word for word ), and which ones are more ‘ figurative ‘, ( thought for thought )

My favorite ? The NASB.

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4 Responses to Which Bible Translation ?

  1. Lee says:


    I’m a fan of the RSV. But, I wonder how accurate this chart is, as the RSV and ESV are 90%+ identical. Nice chart, though.


  2. Lee says:


    I cannot find the exact percentage of similarity between ESV and RSV, but the preface to the ESV states: “The words and phrases themselves grow out of the Tyndale-King James legacy, and most recently out of the RSV, with the 1971 RSV text providing the starting point for our work.”

    For what it’s worth…


    • bobhanks says:

      Hi Lee,
      The ESV preface says exactly that. It does seem a little odd that the KJV and NKJV would be between these two. You make a valid point. Thanks for your interest and for visiting my site.

      Till All the Nets Are Full,


  3. JAMES R. SEGURA says:

    The Moderrn King James Version(MKJV) and the Literal Translation of the Holy Bible(LITV) by Jay Green is missing from this chart.

    I am sure that the Lockman Foundation is happy where the
    NASB and the Amplified Bibles are on the list.

    I too, was puzzled with the RSV Translation being placed in the
    thought for thought category. The RSV and ESV pretty much mirror
    each other.

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