I recommend you use several good bibles, not just one. Then
if one is found questionable, the others are good. Your soul
is precious. Be sure your soul is feeding from authentic Word
of God. Do not use any bible that are perverse or questionable.
For more, see BadBibles.php.
49 books bible
As of Aug 2012, there are two 49 books bibles (if there are
more, please let me know): "The Holy Bible In Its Original
Order" (OOB) and "Original Ordered Young's Literal Translation"
(OOYLT). Hopefully there will be more in the future.
OOB is the first 49 books bible. Unfortunately this bible
has some false doctrines of the Armstrong's Worldwide Church
of God. One important doctrinal difference is that, this church
does not believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit.
OOYLT is just 'Young's Literal Translation" shuffled to the
correct order. YLT, an excellent translation, was written in
1896, not exactly modern English, but readable. No translation
work was done.
OOYLT is public domain since it is just "public domain" YLT
shuffled to the original order. OOYLT can be downloaded OR
read online. As of Aug 2012, there is no paper edition (but
someone is welcomed to produce one). The OOYLT weblink is
Go to the Download OOYLT webpage
for instructions on how to download OOYLT.
66 books bible
Unfortunately, most modern bibles are severely corrupt and
were translated from the wrong Greek manuscript. The correct
copies (for translation to English) are the Massorites
manuscript (Hebrew) for the Old Testament and the Textus
Receptus (Greek) for the New Testament. I did a study on
bible translations and found only a few translations are
The acceptable translations (in my opinion) are
King James Version Bible (KJV)
[made 1611, but last revised in 1850; old English]
Webster Bible (WB)
[made 1833; slightly old English]
Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
[made 1898; slightly old English]
Revised Webster Bible (RWB)
[made 1995; easy English definitions, but old English
Updated King James Version Bible (UKJV)
[made 2000; easy English definitions, but old English
American King James Version Bible
[made 1999; easy English definitions, but old English
King James 2000 Bible [KJ2000]
[made 2000; do not confuse with 21KJ; easy to read]
Revised Young's Literal Translation
[as of Aug 2012, the Old Testament is not done; easy to read]
Very old translations worthy of honorable mention are
[made 1380? early version; 1404? late version]
[made 1560; used by the pilgrims]
I do not use the KJV bible unless I am in the bathroom where
I need a hard copy (otherwise I use an electronic device).
The English language in that bible is too old (at least for
me). My favorite translations are WB, RWB, UKJV, and YLT
bibles. The WB and YLT bibles are old, but the English
language is over 200 years after the KJV bible and I find them
to be readable. The UKJV, AKJV, and RWB bibles are the KJV,
KJV, and WB bibles, respectively, except all the old English
words are replaced with modern English words. The KJ2000
bible is good for those whom need an elementary reading bible.
The RYLT bible has only the New Testament (as of 8/12). For
hard copies, see comment 7.
For churches that need an easy-to-read, public domain
bible for viewgraphs, I suggest looking at UKJV or RWB (both
public domain). These translations have old English sentences but
easy English definitions.
Bible versions with thee, thy, and thou is NOT a valid reason
for not using these versions. They are God's attributes.
Once you know their definitions, it is easy to understand.
If you don't already, see
If you still think thee, thou, and thy should not be used, then
eliminate all the songs that have them, e.g., "Be thou my vision",
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet", etc. The church sings
hundreds of songs with thee, thou, and thy.
Bible versions using antique words is a valid reason.
In the first 12 chapter of KJV, there are firmament, replenish,
conception, vagabond, artificer, begat, asswaged, abated,
perpetual, husbandman, thence, sojourn, and entreated.
While a person with graduate degree probably can figure out
the definition of most of these words, it is unrealistic
for someone with elementary education to understand these words.
There are a few free bible programs available. There is no
need to buy a program, since most programs have all you need
unless you are a scholar at a theologian school studying
the bible deeply. Most people, including many pastors, just
need bible translations, commentaries, maps, and dictionaries.
For Window OS, two GNU (copyleft) programs stand out: Sword and
E-sword. Sword and E-sword basic installation do not have
much. After you install them, download the translations,
commentaries, maps, and dictionaries, you desire.
For Linux-based OS, you can get BibleTime or Xiphos which use
the Sword library. Install BibleTime or Xiphos. Then add
translations, commentaries, maps, and dictionaries, from the Sword
For (Mac) OS X, there is a similar program that uses the
Sword library - go to the Sword website and find it.
Be aware that the default bible is the corrupt NIV - so you will need to change the bible version.
For example in m.biblestudytools.com, you can click the "Browse" button and choose a good bible.
These websites also have references (commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, and others).
2. Offline Mobile Bible
You can add a bible app if your cellphone allows it. Chances are high that your manufacturer
has bible apps that you can install without a hiccup. Bible apps are at