I’m back to using the English Standard Version in my personal study, though I keep the NIV close by for Worship Planning stuff. The closeness of the NIV is due mostly to the fact that our church uses the version as its primary preaching and pew bible. I’m all for the NIV, as I’ve discussed in earlier posts, but the NIV2011 that Zondervan is about to release makes me wonder about its viability in the long-term.
Since I do a lot of bible memorization stuff, I really like to be of a primary version, especially in my own study apart from “work” (ministry). It’s back to the ESV for me. Knowing my tendency to change translations, I’ll be NIV-ing it again soon, I bet.

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