I love the Word of God. I became very passionate about God’s Word soon after I made the decision to follow Christ. Getting in a small group to discuss it was one of the healthiest & wisest choices I ever made.
For most of my young adult life I read, studied and memorized Scripture from the New American Standard translation. I bought my first copy of the NASB on April 7th, 1977 (so – yes – I’m an old guy). Janet gave me my 2nd copy of the NASB on my first father’s day in 1980; this copy I devoured. However, I got so accustomed to reading the NASB, that years later I found myself skimming the Scripture at times because I’d read it so many times in that translation. Skimming the Scripture is never a wise choice.
I still default to the NASB, but I made a choice years ago to read the Scripture in a different translation every few years in my time alone with God. This one choice has given new energy to my time in God’s Word because I have to SLOW DOWN as I read and really contemplate the passage again. So, if you find yourself skimming the Scripture, intentionally slow down which may mean considering the idea of reading a different translation occasionally.