Which translation should you use? CSB, ESV, or NIV?

Listen/Watch to the case for each and a discussion on it here. I haven’t yet but want to and am interested in what you think.


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I love Jesus Christ and live to share life and share Jesus together with First Southern Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County.
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2 Responses to Which translation should you use? CSB, ESV, or NIV?

  1. John says:

    I would gobwith the NIV as the best all around translation to use in personal reading, worship, and evangelism. It reads the most natural in English and avoids ‘Biblish’. People of all educational and language backgrounds can understand. I know there is (and has been) lots of NIV bashing going around and gender language changes in English haven’t helped. But I haven’t found the ‘perfect’ English translation yet and probably never will. I can find disagreements with every one of them. For serious word study, it’s better to go with the original languages and a good dictionary. But for every day use in the church, I’d go with the NIV.

    • pjtibayan says:

      Thanks for your thoughts John. I think that the CSB (officially called the Holman CSB) also does good in natural English and avoids Biblish if you mean by that KJVisms that are modernized. It doesn’t avoid theological words but it does give bullet notes in all editions on those words to break it down. It’s not as literal as the ESV/NASB/NKJV but not as loose as the NIV. It also does a good job with the gender language issues in my view. If you haven’t looked at it, you should check it out.

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