Although I think almost any of the many English translations of the Bible will bring a person God’s word, there is one translation I have always prized above all others because of its fidelity to the original texts.

If I were fluent in the ancient languages in which the Bible was originally written, I would read it in those languages.  Since I’m not, I want to read an English translation that gets me as close as possible the exact original words.  Different translations have different purposes and therefore approach the text in different ways.  Most English translations will state their purpose in the early pages.  Here’s the stated purpose of the NASB:

“The New American Standard Bible has been produced with the conviction that the words of Scripture as originally penned in the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, were inspired by God.  Since they are the eternal word of God, the Holy Scriptures speak with fresh power to each generation, to give wisdom that leads to salvation, that men may serve Christ to the glory of God.

The purpose of the Editorial Board in making this translation was to adhere as closely as possible to the original languages of the Holy Scriptures, and to make the translation in a fluent and readable style according to current English usage.

The New American Standard Bible (NASB) is produced and maintained by the Lockman Foundation.  You can find out more about them and about the NASB here.

Other highly literal English translations are the King James Version (1611) and the English Standard Version (2001).  Beyond these, as I say above, there are many English translations and almost any one you use will serve you well if you trust and obey what you learn from God through it.

To the latter point, I sometimes study a verse by reading it in multiple English translations because each one can give me a slightly different perspective.  It’s like asking the writer or the translator, “Could you say the same thing again but in slightly different words?”  Therefore, this is a compensating benefit you’ll receive when you read my posts if you happen to prefer an English translation other than the NASB.