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Question and Answer: Translations and Study Aids

Question and Answer: Translations and Study Aids

I. 2 Timothy 2:15 and 3:14-17 basically give us instructions to study God’s word. (1) Which two translations of the Bible would you recommend and why? (2) What other aids would you recommend to enrich the study and why?
A. 2 Ti 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
1. 2 Ti 3:14–17 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
B. NASB – most diligent to capture original meaning and preserve vagueness
1. ESV – easier to read and very true to original
2. NIV – for those who don’t consider themselves to have good reading comprehension
3. The Daily Bible – F. LaGard Smith
C. Good Bible Dictionary and Encyclopedia
1. Look up particular items or places – Sanhedrin, Claudius, Pergamum
2. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
3. McClintock and Strong Cyclopedia
4. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
5. – Coffman’s commentaries
6. – ISBE, Robertson’s Word Pictures in the NT
D. Nave’s Topical Bible
1. All scriptures on topic
2. Peace, wrath, etc.