Mary Leal wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Can you please tell me what version of the Bible I should use for my own personal, at-home reading?

I want to purchase one but I want to make sure it is approved by the Catholic Church.


  { Can you tell me what version of the Bible I should use for my own personal at home reading? }

Mike replied:


This is a common question; it's even in our searchable knowledge base:

There are a lot of quick answers there, so give it a try.

I searched the knowledge base for you and found these web postings that may help:

My personal view is the best Bible for your at-home readings is the one that you will use!

That said, Protestant Bibles will always have missing books. Besides getting the full Word of God, you'll always get more for your money with a Catholic Bible.

I hope this helps,


John replied:

Mary —

Mike is correct. The best bible to use, is the one you'll read.

That said, Protestant Bibles are missing (7) seven books in the Old Testament. They have some very good translations but are just missing books.

The easiest Catholic Bibles to read are the New American Bible or the Jerusalem Bible.

The best Catholic Translation is the Revised Standard Version — Catholic Edition but it's a bit tougher reading — not impossible but the English a slightly antiquated.


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