Bible Buying Tip – Choosing a Bible According to How it Will be Used

Bible Buying Tip – Choosing a Bible According to How it Will be Used


It’s almost impossible to find a Bible that’s perfect for every use. For example, a Bible that’s great for study might not be a good choice for carry. When choosing a Bible it’s a good idea to consider how the Bible will be used.

Here are some things to consider:

Reading – good text and layout, clear of distractions, multiple ribbons, reading plan, maybe easy to hold in one hand. Font size, print quality, and paper opacity are key factors in readability.

Study – tools such as cross or chain references, concordance, dictionary, topical index, commentary, maybe wide margins or pages for personal notes. The overall size can be larger if the Bible won’t be carried and font size is less of an issue if the Bible won’t be used for daily reading.

Carry – hand size, contains what you need on the go. This could be a text-only edition with large print or a reference edition with smaller print.

Journaling – wide margins, thick paper. Journaling Bibles usually don’t include study tools.

Preaching or Teaching – wide margins, thick paper, writing paper for outlines, large print, bold print, lays flat, no or few distractions. Look for a text that doesn’t feel cramped or crowded and has a wide enough inner margin so the text doesn’t bend into the gutter out of view.

Travel – thin, small footprint. Thinlines and Ultrathins are great for travel, although they typically have thin paper and smaller fonts.

You can find reviews of Bibles in each of these categories right here at Bible Buying Guide by using the menu or search box.

Featured image: This is a comparison between the Schuyler NKJV Quentel and other NKJV’s. .

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Randy A Brown

WordPress writer by day, Bible reviewer by night, pastor all the time. And there's also that author thing.


  1. Joseph V.

    I tend to go for something between reading and study – a good layout with a strong critical/scholarly apparatus.

    It is worth asking, is “praying/worshiping” the same as “reading?” If not, should another category be added to the list, and what would be its dominant characteristics?

    • Randy A Brown

      Good question! For me personally it’s the same Bible I use for reading, but I’m sure that’s not the same for everyone. For me it would be a large print with a clean text. Also, I tend to not care as much about how large it is.

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