The Bible is still the best-selling book in history. The variety of translations and types is huge. Here we will look at one type – Study Bibles – to find the Best Study Bibles for Everyone. I think every believer should have one Bible they love. After that, have some you use for Study or to carry to church! The most important thing is to have a Bible you will use, read, write in, and wear out!
Also, find a translation you like. I read a new translation each year, Why? Because, if I am too familiar with one translation, I tend to skim as I read because I know what is going to be said. Reading a new translation causes me to actually read. This year I am reading the Complete Jewish Study Bible.
I also like to read out loud to myself. I do this because I hear myself and I hear the Word. Hearing it in a new translation causes me to be more attentive and responsive.
How many translations of the Bible exist at this moment? There are more than 3,300 translations of the Bible. You can also read – Bible Translations – Find the Best One For You – to help find one you like.
Which translations are the best sellers in 2021? Christian Book Expo lists their top 10 translations:
- New International Version
- King James
- New Living Translation
- English Standard Version
- New King James Version
- Christian StandardBible
- Reina Valera
- New International Reader’s Version
- The Message
- New American Standard Bible
Translations, along with Bibles, are very personal things. I have one Bible I love. I seldom use it but it gives me great pleasure whenever I look at it. The reason I don’t use it much is that it was very expensive and is no longer in print so I have kept it in pristine condition.
What is the DIfference Between a Regular BIble and a Study BIble?
Study Bibles provide you with tools like commentaries, dictionaries, extensive maps, and teaching, I have a Spirit-Filled Life Study Bible and it has extensive commentary, references, historical information, outlines of every book of the Bible, a huge concordance, and much more. I refer to it constantly in my personal Bible time and when writing here for Study Your Bible Now.
Regular Bibles are generally in a simpler format. Most have references and a small concordance but they are designed primarily for reading. Regular Bibles are usually thinner and smaller than Study Bibles.
As a rule, Study Bibles are usually quite large and heavy making it more difficult to just put them in a purse or a small bag. Mine measures 9.50″x6.25″x2″ (thick) and weighs almost 4 lbs. That is a common size and weight for Study Bibles because of the amount of content they contain.
On the other hand, regular Bibles can often be found in ‘personal size’ which means they are very compact and light-weight making them easier to carry with you all the time.
Many newer Bibles also have pages for journaling, notes, drawing, and even coloring pages. I will include as as we examine what’s available.
Best Study BIbles
Here is a list of some of the top-selling Study Bibles.
1 – ESV Thompson Chain Reference BIble
The ESV Thompson Chain Reference Bible has been around for over 100 years and is a definite Best Seller!
“Scripture is presented with a reference system that acts as a guide, not merely a tool, allowing you to explore a specific topic methodically through the entirety of the text. Relevant scripture verses are linked together, with over 100,000 topical references and 8,000 chain topics, enabling a study of the Bible that is relevant for all of the faithful- from those interested in what the Bible says about a particular word of interest to those wanting to prepare a sermon that delivers the unity of God’s special revelation to a divided world.”
Each topic has its own pilot number for exhaustive topical study. It also includes “biographical sketches of the most prominent people in the Bible, an archeological supplement, glossary, concordance, Bible harmonies, and outlines of each book of the Bible”
This Bible has so many features I can’t list them all and, yes, I own one of these also! This one is $47.49 in brown soft leather-look.
2 – ESV Study Bible by Crossway
The ESV (English Standard Version) Study Bible by Crossway is a best seller. This translation is in the top 10 in popularity and Bible has won awards. The one linked to here is genuine leather.
The ESV Study Bible features a wide array of study tools equivalent to a 20-volume Bible resource library, making it an invaluable resource for serious readers, students, and teachers of God’s Word. $47.99 Here are just a few of the features:
The ESV Study Bible features a wide array of study tools equivalent to a 20-volume Bible resource library, making it an invaluable resource for serious readers, students, and teachers of God’s Word. $47.99
3 – NIV Personal Size Study BIble by Zondervan
The NIV Personal Size Study Bible by Zondervan is a beautiful Bible that is slightly more compact. It does not have quite as much content. The New International Version is the top-selling translation of the Bible today. This is the Third Edition and changes were made to the translation in various areas. It is a little smaller – 8.5×5.4″ and 3lbs 70zs. The one pictured here is a soft leather look.
125 topical articles, 16 pages of full-color maps, the Comprehensive NIV Concordance with nearly 4800 word entries, and a subject note index enable even deeper study, In-text maps, charts, diagrams, and illustrations visually clarify the stories in the Bible. $35.49 at Christianbook.com
4 – The NIV Life Application Study BIble
The NIV Life Application Study Bible is one of the most read and purchased Study Bibles by men and women. It comes in a variety of colors, thumb indexed, and in a personal size.
The Life Application Study Bible is the #1 selling study Bible of this generation.
Study the stories and teachings of the Bible with verse-by-verse commentary. Gain wisdom from people in the Bible by exploring their accomplishments and learning from their mistakes. Survey the big picture of each book through overviews, vital statistics, outlines, and timelines, and grasp difficult concepts using in-text maps, charts, and diagrams.
$35.49 in soft leather-look grey and pink. For the men – it also comes in other colors!
5 – NKJV Spirit Filled Life BIble
“Encounter the power of the word, walk in the freedom God intends, and experience the Holy Spirit with the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible. Now in a full-color third edition with new contributors, it is even more dynamic. With over 2 million copies sold, the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible continues to equip God’s people to live in his kingdom, exercise gifts of the spirit, and lay hold of God’s promises.” Christian Book
The NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible comes in Comfort Print – easy for everyone to read. This is a comprehensive Study Bible. I own one, use it constantly, and love it. $52.99 on Christianbook.com. NOT AVAILABLE until September.
6 – Macarthur Study BIble NASB
The MacArthur Study Bible NASB is also one of the most popular and best selling Study Bibles. With chronologies, overviews, maps, 72,000 references and the 1994 New American Standard Translation. $53.99 at ChristianBook.com
Nearly 25,000 verse-by-verse study notes, Bible reading plans, Chronologies, Index to Key Bible Doctrines, and much much more.
7 – NKJV Holman Study Bible
NKJV Holman Study Bible is a combination of a highly trusted translation and highly trusted sources. This is the large print version but is also available in smaller print. $39.99 at ChristianBook.com.
15,000 study notes, extensive Book introductions, essays on practical and theological issues, one and three-year Bilbe reading plans, note section for personal notes, and lots more make this one of the best study Bibles.
8 – New Inductive Study Bible NASB
The New Inductive Study Bible NASB “presents an inductive method of study and Bible marking which leads you directly back to the source, allowing God’s Word to become its own commentary. Its study tools and questions teaches you how to understand and apply Scripture to your own life.” $41.49
Step-by-step instruction in the acclaimed “inductive study method,” wide margins for note-taking, blank pages for personal notes, illustrated diagrams, and cross references. The Inductive method is one of the most popular methods of Bible study.
9 – NKJV Chronological Study Bible
A one-of-a-kind Study Bible – the NKJV Chronological Study Bible-“presents the text of the New King James Version in chronological order—the order in which the events actually happened—with notes, articles, and full-color graphics that connect the reader to the history and culture of Bible times and gives the reader a dramatic, “you are there” experience.”
A newer version will be available in November . This one is $52.99
10 – The Complete Jewish Sutydy Bible
The Complete Jewish Study Bible is written by a Messianic Jew and it’s purpose is – “The Complete Jewish Study Bible has detailed notes and comprehensive study material to help both Jewish and Christian readers understand and connect with the essence of their faith—God’s redemptive plan for his people. I own, read, and love this Study Bible. Jesus read the Law or Torah – the Old Testament. Gain a new perspective on the Word. $53.99
This is one Navy Leather Look.
11 – NIV Open Bible
The NIV Open Bible is probably not on the Best Seller list but is is one of the best reference and Study Bibles every written in my opinion! Here are some of the features:
- Thorough, easy-to-navigate Topical Index displaying the connections between 8,000+ names, places, concepts, events, and doctrines
- Interactive book introductions and outlines provide historical context, themes, and verse relationships within Scripture
- Extensive cross-references so you can find related passages and texts
- Visual Survey of the Bible illustrating an easy-to-follow diagram of Scripture
- Amazing study aids including a concordance and unique articles: How to Study the Bible, The Christian’s Guide to the New Life, The Scarlet Thread of Redemption, and Prophecies of the Messiah Fulfilled in Christ
I also own an Open Bible and treasure it. The Topical Index is an amazing feature. This one is Imitation Leather and is $45.99 with Indexing, comfort print and is brown even though the picture makes it appear to be mauve.
Study BIbles for Men
I want to list some Study Bibles with men in mind. At one time, all Bibles were black or brown and most were hardcover, paper, or leather. Now, the variety of colors and bindings is amazing giving men, women, and kids choices that reflect what they were looking for.
12 – CSB Men of Character Bible
The CSB Men of Character Bible is geared specifically toward men. The Christian Standard Bible is both readable and reliable. This is a Study Bible which looks at 60 men in the Bible – studying their lives as you read through the text. It includes key life principles, application questions, and verses to remember.
“In addition, there is an integrated multimedia system with more than 100 video teachings from Dr.Getz created specifically for men (accessed through smartphone-accessible QR codes).”
This one is soft leather-look, brown/black is sells for $39.99.
13 – NIV Every Man’s Study Bible
NIV Every Man’s Study Bible Large Print is designed to help every man develop a fuller, richer relationship with Jesus as he understands what the Scriptures have to say about the challenges he faces.” It features thousands. of notes on topics for men.
“This Bible also includes trusted advice from the pros: Stephen Arterburn, Tony Evans, David Jeremiah, Tony Dungy, Chuck Smith, Jr., Dallas Willard, Michael Youssef, Gordon MacDonald, Bill McCartney, J. I. Packer, Joe Stowell, Chuck Swindoll, Henry Blackaby, Stuart Briscoe, Stephen Broyles, Don Everts, John Fischer, Leighton Ford, Ken Gire, Bill Hybels, Greg Laurie, James MacDonald, Josh McDowell, James Robison, and Gary Rosberg. All of the features and notes were written specifically for men.”
The link is for a genuine leather Bible but it is also available in imitation leather and other colors. It is $77.99.
Study BIbles for Women
14 – NIV The Woman’s Study Bible
With special notes and features appealing to women’s interests, highlighting women throughout Scripture and capturing the unique ways Christ cares for women, the NIV Women’s Study Bible truly speaks to a woman’s heart. With contributions from more than 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds, this Bible combines excellent scholarship and spiritual mentorship. Now with a fresh new look, the NIV Woman’s Study Bible‘s timeless content remains relevant as ever to women today.
Full color designs throughout, thousands of study notes, topical index, and concordance. $49.49
It is blue and brown leatherlook.
15 – ESV Women’s Study BIble
“Delve into over 350 reflections connecting Scripture to life, book introductions and timelines, character sketches of key figures, detailed maps and illustrations, articles on important theological topics. The popular elegance of the ESV continues with artwork from artist Dana Tanamachi and will inspire you to enrich your life with God’s promises and truths held within the ESV Women’s Study Bible.” Christian Book
Extensive concordance and beautiful illustrations throughout. This is soft leather-look teal and sells for $38.99
16. -NLT Inspire Prayer Bible
While this is not technically a “Study Bible,” it is a journaling/coloring Bible that lends itself to deeper study.
The Inspire PRAYER Bible is filled with full and partial-page Scripture line-art illustrations meant to provoke your imagination to fill the wide margins of this Bible with your personal creations of worship and reflection. Guided by prayers on colorful and gorgeously designed see-through vellum pages along with Inspired Prayer journaling prompts, find yourself contemplating God’s Word and being moved by His Spirit to bring glory to His Name through the creative expression that only you can give.
The cover is soft, leather-look, gold metallic over hardboard and sells for $33.99
17 – NKJV Comfort Print Journal the Word Bible
Again, this. is not technically a Study Bible but it is a wonderful study tool.
” If you underline Scripture, take notes during sermons, or express your thoughts through journaling, the NKJV Journalthe Word™ Bible is an indispensable resource for deeper engagement with God’s Word. The extra-wide lined margins make this Bible ideal for note-taking or journaling.Featuring Thomas Nelson’s NKJV Comfort Print® typeface, this Bible provides a particularly smooth reading experience for longer engagement in God’s Word.” Christian Book
The Bible is Gray floral cloth over hardboard and sells for $25.99
18 – NKJV Holman Study Bible
Holman Bible Publishers is excited to present the NKJV Study Bible, a new edition modeled after its own 2011 ECPA Christian Book Award-winning HCSB Study Bible. It features 15,000 study notes, 141 photos, 62 timelines, 59 maps, 40-page concordance, 20 articles and essays on practical and theological issues, 16 illustrations and reconstructions, and 15 charts.
Other details of the NKJV Study Bible include a two-column text setting, center-column cross-references, the words of Christ in red type, extensive book introductions, one- and three-year Bible reading plans, a notes section, four-color presentation page, and family records section, and two-piece die-cut gift box.
With a leather-touch eggplant and tan leather, this gorgeous study Bible sells for $27.99
19 – NKJV Evidence Bible
Study the Bible and be able to share a reason for the hope that is in you. Duo-tone pink and brown sells for $42.99.
Be prepared to share the gospel and answer skeptics’ objections with this easy-to-read King James Version Bible. Learn how to prove the authenticity of Scripture through prophecy.
With the Evidence Bible you will:
- Learn how to show the absurdity of evolution
- Study how to share your faith with your family or at your workplace
- Learn how to witness to an atheist. See from Scripture how to prove God’s existence without the use of faith
- Discover how to prove the authenticity of the Bible through prophecy
- See how the Bible is full of eye-opening scientific andmedical facts
- Read fascinating quotes from Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Stephen Hawking, and many other well-known scientists
- Lean how to refute the “contradictions” in the Bible
- Study how to speak with a Mormon, a Jehovah’s Witness, a Buddhist, a Hindu and a Muslim
- Find out why the Dead Sea Scrolls are relevant to the Bible
- Read incredible quotes about the Bible from presidents and other famous people
- Discover how to answer questions such as Where did Cain get his wife?, Why there is suffering?, Why did the dinosaur disappear?
Study BIbles for Teens
While many teens can use your study Bible and learn from it, it’s also nice to have something geared specifically toward their needs.
20 – NLT Teen Life Application Study Bible
The only teen Bible based on today’s #1-selling study Bible, the Teen Life Application Study Bible (formerly the Student’s Life Application Study Bible) is packed with features designed to meet the challenges and needs of today’s high school students. Combining traditional study Bible features like book introductions, textual notes, person profiles, and maps with application-oriented features focusing on choices, real-life issues, and real-life stories of actual teens, the Teen Life Application Study Bible stands apart in the crowded world of teen Bibles. Christian Book
Lots more features in the Bible. This one is softcover and sells for $14.49
21 – NIV Quest Study Bible for Teens: The Question and Answer Bible
Hardcover that sells for $16.99.
The NIV Quest Study Bible for Teens has the answers you’ve been looking for—advice and insights about friends, family, school, and God. This unique Bible answers over 7,000 questions about the Bible from teens. It also includes nearly 350 articles by top scholars, an expanded subject index, a concordance, a 16-page full-color map section, and a 7-page full-color timeline section.
The NIV Quest Study Bible for Teens addresses the common, the uncommon, and the perplexing questions teens like you ask about the Bible. It deals with your issues, your life, your world. Christian Book
22 -CSB Essential Teen Study Bible
Also comes in gray, and LeatherTouch. This one is LeatherTouch and sells for $23.99
The CSB Essential Teen Study Bible can give teens all the tools they need to tackle life and learn to live it God’s way. Filled with study helps, and devotions written specifically for a teen audience, this fully designs, four-color Bible will help teens apply God’s Word each day and connect with God as never Before.
Features Include :
- 146 devotions on redemption
- Redemption Thread feature from Genesis to Revelation to help readers understand how each story points them to Christ
- Behind the Story features to help teens better understand the text
- 99 Essential Doctrines that all teens should know Christian Book
BIble Versions Online
Here are four of the best online apps that have multiple versions of the Bible along with study helps, concordances, maps, references, and much more.
Most of it is free which makes these apps valuable and accessible to everyone. These apps are used worldwide. Most of the translations are also free giving you the chance to “try one out” before you purchase it.
If you are looking for additional apps, just Google “Bibles study apps” and you will find others. These are my favorites.
- Bible Gateway – Bible Gateway is a searchable online Bible in more than 200 versions and 70 languages that you can freely read, research, and reference anywhere. With a library of audio Bibles, a mobile app, devotionals, email newsletters, and other free resources, Bible Gateway equips you not only to read the Bible, but to understand it.
- You Version – Choose from more than 1,200 Bible versions in over 900 languages on your computer, phone, or tablet — with many available as audio Bibles. Highlight or Bookmark your favorite verses, make Verse Images that you can share, and attach public or private Notes to Bible passages. Downloadable app available.
- Blue Letter Bible – Blue Letter Bible provides powerful tools for an in-depth study of God’s Word through our free online reference library, with study tools that are grounded in the historical, conservative Christian faith. Over 15 translations, a huge number of concordances and study helps. Create a customized homepage and sidebar to include exactly what study tools you want.
- Bible Hub – Bible Hub is a research and study guide. It has 3 missions – Provide free access to Bible study tools in many languages; Provide free access to Bible study tools in many languages; Promote the Gospel of Christ through the learning, study and application of God’s word. I use this app almost everyday because I can choose a verse and see it in Hebrew, Greek, English, and see it in Strong’s Concordance and a variety of commentaries. It is a huge help in studying the Bible.
I hope this list helps you find a Bible that truly helps you ‘study’ the Bible. The pursuit of the truths in the Word of God is a worthy endeavor for all of us. For teens, there are also many study guides and study books to give guidance and understanding of the Word of God and how to live in His Kingdom. For Adults, there are hundreds more Bibles and study guides to look at.
My goal is to help you. Studying the Bible is a personal and beautiful experience as you make the Word your own, letting it go deep into your heart, soul, and spirit. Set the Holy Spirit free to speak to and teach you along the way.
Blessings to you and be sure to email me with questions or thoughts –