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[–] SurfinMindWaves 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The version really doesn't matter that much for your first read through. Fight the tendency to jump around and read stuff out of context. Start at page one, read all the way through. After you have digested that and want to actually do some bible study then is the time to research which version will give you the insights you want based on what type of word study and interpretation you're looking for.

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[–] Whitemail 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The problem with reading the epistles straight through is they're in size/author order and not chronological. I use Frank Viola's order; although, there is some debate and disagreement about some books. Some have content that makes them clearly early, intermediate, or late writings.

Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John precede the epistles, and Acts overlaps.

Galations

James

1, 2, Thess.

1, 2 Cor.

Romans

Colossians

Philemon

Ephesians

Philippians

1 Timothy

Hebrew

Titus

1, 2, 3 John

1 Peter

2 Timothy

2 Peter

Jude

Revelation

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[–] truthbeloathed [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

*Saved, thank you

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[–] truthbeloathed [S] 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

I respect the effort needed. You may be right. I will certainly be reading a Bible regardless..

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[–] SurfinMindWaves 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

There is a version for every type of reader or researcher. It completely depends on what kind of reader you are. You want the easiest modern sort of language, or you want one that sticks closest to the original languages - it is a difficult thing to recommend based on no knowledge of your learning style or personality.