Just after I preach a sermon on everyone having multiple copies of the Bible and not reading any of them, I went and bought yet another Bible tonight. I’m excited though, because I found one with the features I have been looking for. For the past year I have wanted to get a wide margin Bible that I could take notes in and use as my primary study Bible. I had trouble deciding on which translation and what “style” of Bible. Jenni and I stopped by the Master’s Loft in Winston-Salem tonight and I found a Bible that I didn’t know was available. It is a journaling Bible with a hard calf-skin leather binding in the ESV translation. For those of you not familiar with the ESV, it is a very good word-for-word translation that is excellent for serious Bible study and general reading. Although I love reading the NIV and NLT, they are both thought-for-thought translations that are not as accurate for serious word study. I will probably share a little more about Bible translations in my sermon this Sunday.
I love the ruled wide margins and the style of this Bible. The text is a little on the small side, but I still have good eyes so it doesn’t bother me. It’s a good size and it is definitely a sturdy Bible. So what features would be in your “ideal” Bible? As we talk about developing a hunger and thirst for God’s Word, I pray that you will find a Bible that helps you to uncover the truth of His Word.