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|How is one to know which interpretation of the Bible is correct?|
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|All the recent translations that you'll find in a Christian Bookstore are good. Some are meant as thought-for-thought or paraphrased translations to make for easier reading. Word for word translations more accurately represent the original text.
The most accurate word for word translation would be the NAS and NASU. Most people consider the KJV to be very good, but it can be hard to understand in places. The NIV translates with a dynamic equivalent approach, more of a thought for thought interpretation.
It is best not to argue over translations, but to read the Bible and live its teachings. There are no major differences between the recent translations that would affect any orthodox Christian doctrine. Even the most accurate translation is not helpful if you cannot understand what it's saying.
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