Bible Everywhere with Bible Gateway
As you can see in the sidebar, I am a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. Bible Gateway is a most helpful tool for the study and reading of Scripture. Most English translations can be found here -- including the two I use the most New Revised Standard Version and the Common English Bible, along with numerous other languages. Whenever I post something that has a Bible reference, I will link it to Bible Gateway -- so if you see a Bible text, you might want to click on it and go to the text itself. If you don't like my choice of translation -- most often the NRSV, then go and choose your own.
One of the most valuable aspects of this site is that I can compare multiple translations of the text. This allows me to compare and contrast readings. Why might this be important? Well, whenever one translates something from one language to another the translator engages in interpretation. By reading several translations, from different perspectives one might discern that a word or passage has stimulated the translator to move in one direction or another. It is important to note that one's theology enters into the process. Thus, the NIV, one of the most popular translations of our day, because its ease of use, is rooted in evangelical theology. The NRSV, on the other hand, which is published under the auspices of the National Council of Churches, is more moderate to liberal. Translators make all kinds of interpretive decisions, some of which are conscious, and many that are unconscious. This is why I feel that it is best to use a translation translated by a committee rather than one offered by one translator. Thus, for primary reading, I use the NRSV. On occasion I will look at Eugene Peterson's The Message or JB Phillips's New Testament. They are freer in their interpretations, and therefore need greater care in reading them. The rule of thumb, always start with a formal translation -- NIV, NRSV, prior to going to a freer, more idiosyncratic translation.
Happy Reading. And if interested, you can download the app for the site on phones, etc.