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.

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