I know the struggle.
Choosing a good first bible can be a headache.
Worry no more. We’ll tell you exactly how to select your first bible.
Whether you’re a new Christian; or you’re just ready to take things much seriously, when it comes to your first bible, it is a bigger deal than most believe.
There are many questions:
Instead of randomly selecting the first bible that catches your eye, let’s make things a little bit easier for you.
( *hands on cheek for dramatic effect* “Hahhh…I wish I got this kind of advice when I was just starting out . - Ok back to the present)
Sounds a bit strange?
Let’s me clarify:
In Matthew 13: 45 – 46, Jesus spoke one of his many parables:
Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls; who when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
This merchant man new that he was on to something good! This pearl was very unique, and he probably had to hunt high and low just to find that special one that he just had to have.
And your first bible should be that special to you. It should be very valuable to you on your journey.
So your first bible should be a Pearl. This means it should be:
By portable, I mean light weight.
Do not fall into the trap of buying, or borrowing a first time bible like this:
Sooo big that it has to be stationed on your bedroom night stand for all eternity!
I understand the pain: it’s not that you don’t want to move it, it’s just that it’s too heavy. lol.
Seeing that your first time bible will become your companion in tribulation:
Portability is important.
It should be light enough that you can take it with you - without effort- on your journey to work, church, or even a café, if desired.
It should be small enough that it can fit comfortably in a bag.
There are many types of bibles on the market right now. Some more exact in translation than others.
For your first bible, the closer you can get to the literal translation the better.
Accuracy is not only needed when studying. I would prefer to receive the hard uncompromising truth of the word, than to receive any watered version.
But hey, that’s my preference.
And I dear not place mine above your own.
Your primary need is to be able to read, understand and learn as you go ( perhaps getting a few laugh along the way)
So your first bible should be a mixture of accuracy and readability.
Imagine buying a bible and in less than a month, it is all falling apart. I’ve personally had this experience, and have seen some of my friends suffer this same fate.
My husband can tell you stories! lol
No one likes to feel that their money have been wasted.
Your first time bible should be able to stand under a little pressure, over a long time, without giving away.
1. Get a Hard Cover Bible: From my experience, bibles with paper backs tend to wear away quickly. Investing in a hard cover, leather or ‘fake leather’ cover bible may be the best way to go, to prevent disaster in the near future
2. Choose A Bible That Is Bound or Sewn and Not Glued: I’ve often wondered why some bibles, after a while, the sheets begin to fall out. I found out that most of the time, it’s because the sheets were glued and not sewn. To prevent you from going through the pain of losing a few sheets, the whole book of Jonah, or the whole Bible all together – let’s play it a little safe and buy a bible that is bound or sewn in instead.
Before selecting your bible, make sure that the words are not too small to cause any discomfort.
This may seem obvious, but I have seen individuals get bibles that remain in their book shelves because the prints were way too small to read for a long.
It may be wiser to read a passage or two of your selection ( before purchasing), to make sure that your eyes are loving the experience as much as you are.
If you have read this far, then you have all that you need to get your started. If you have any questions, leave them below and I will try my best to assist.
If your first time bible has passed the test:
Then it’s time to Gather your tool, and let's continue this journey together.