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.
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?