The Bible Translations by Julie Arduini

Each year I choose a new Bible translation as my go-to for reading on my phone. I like learning, for the most part, the different versions and how they stack up.

In my hardcover, I use NLT and Holcomb the most, but I enjoy my year challenge to see how I learn with the other translation I’ve taken on for that year.

This year I’ve taken on AMP, Amplified. Not only that, I accepted a request on my Bible app to read through with others. What I didn’t know was it was a year-long plan. And I’m reading Amplified.

It has been a challenge, I’m not going to lie!

This week I was reminded how blessed we are, using wisdom and discernment of course, to have so many translations available.

I receive a weekly email encouragement that ends with a verse in the Message translation. This week the verse is Psalm 42:7.

The encouragement talked about God’s love and how deep it is.. Intimate. Personal. And then to read the verse, WOW. Take a look.

Psalm 42:7
The Passion Translation
  My deep need calls out to the deep kindness of your love. Your waterfall of weeping sent waves of sorrow over my soul, carrying me away, cascading over me like a thundering cataract.

My romantic heart reading—“cascading over me like a thundering cataract.”

That’s some imagery, am I right?

I have had a long, frustrating week and to read of His deep love for me was just the pick-me-up I needed. Is the Message the only translation I want to read? No. I understand there are some liberties there. But wow, did God use it to help me. I still can’t get over the wording. A thundering cataract!

Yes, I still have my Bible plan where I’m slogging through Deuteronomy via the Amplified, but I love that there are many translations to learn from. Yet, of course, One true God.

How about you? Do you have a favorite translation?

About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the new contemporary romance series SURRENDERING HEARTS (Anchored Hearts, Repairing Hearts, +four more.) Her other romance series is SURRENDERING TIME (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged.) She also co-wrote a YA series with her daughter, SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ (You’re Beautiful, You’re Amazing, You’re Brilliant.) Her stand-alone romances include MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. Julie maintains a blog at and participates in the team blog Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at
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