There are more than 450 English translations of the Bible. Many church denominations have their own version of the Bible, translated and commented to support their doctrines. The Bible is generally referred to as the Word of God. The Words of God are PURE. There is only one truth, not many different versions. So the question needs to be asked: Which version of the Bible is pure?
Many regard the KJV King James Version as pure but since it dates from 1611 it contains some archaic language, that is not understood by the modern English speaker. Many quote verse without understanding the meaning. Some of the more modern translations have been tainted and corrupted, sometimes deliberately and at other times, to align with the doctrines and beliefs of the translators. Especially the more recent translations have been corrupted more than the earlier ones because theologians have lost their fear and respect for God. Whereas reference to God and Jesus were always in uppercase letters, many of the modern translations use lowercase.
The older translations can be trusted more than the modern ones. I personally prefer the New American Standard, 1970 that is a more literal translation and it uses modern English. There are also online sites like Biblehub.com where different translations can be compared in parallel, which can give the reader more insight, especially referring to the more traditional translations. By parallel study of different versions you will soon discover the differences and gain insight.
The most important books of the Bible are the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, in which the words of Jesus, His commands and teachings were recorded. Those are the words of eternal life for those who take them seriously and obey them. Those words have not been tampered with as much, as most modern day churches and preachers ignore and regard them as impracticable, impossible to carry out. They rather twist some other scriptures to support their false teachings, by which they deceive the people.
Jesus spoke in parables, using simple language and still many did not understand what He was saying because they did not seek the truth. We read in Matthew 13:10”And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12“For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13“Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
14“In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled,
‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;
YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;
15FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,
OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’”
These words are true about many professing Christians today. They are keep themselves busy with endless Bible studies but they do not gain understanding of the truth, because they have been blinded by arrogance. They are blind to the truth because they trust in their own understanding and refuse to obey the words of Jesus Christ. They refuse to accept Jesus, repent and be baptized, so they are never born again and never see the kingdom of God.
Understanding comes through revelation of Jesus Christ when we accept, trust and obey Him and do not lean on our own understanding.
The Bible is a useful treasure, but without Jesus it is useless. Jesus said to the religious Jews: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; 40and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” John 5:39,40. The very same today, many study the Bible because they think that in doing so they will have eternal life but they refuse to follow and obey Jesus, and therefor they will perish.
The Bible has been corrupted, but the truth of Jesus Christ, His words and His gospel are clear and simple, for those who seek the truth and obey it. They will find Jesus and He will give them understanding. He gives His Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth in and with those who obey Him. The Holy Spirit will teach them all things and guide them into all truth, if they listen and obey Him.
Read the Bible for yourself, starting with the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Take seriously the words of Jesus. Pray and ask Him to give you understanding and He will give you wisdom about the truth. Obey His words and follow Him. Stay with Him until the end and you will have eternal life.
May Jesus bless you.