What English version of the Bible is most accurate?

The Douay-Rheims is a Catholic Bible, which was translated from the Latin Vulgate in 1582 and 1609. Although modern-English translations of the Bible may be easier to read, in my [John Herro's] opinion the Douay-Rheims is the most accurate English translation available. St. Jerome, who lived about A.D. 345-420, produced the Latin Vulgate when Hebrew, Greek, and Latin were all living languages, well known to him. The Douay-Rheims is an accurate English translation from the Latin Vulgate.

The Douay-Rheims Bible in the links below, (and printed Douay-Rheims Bibles today) contain some revisions to the text made by Bishop Richard Challoner (1691-1781) when he consulted early Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. He also added notes, which I feel are indispensable. The Bible is difficult reading, and it contains apparent contradictions, that require authoritative clarification. For example:

    God said, "I shall harden his [Pharao's] heart" (Ex. 7:3), but Pharao "hardened his own heart" (Ex. 8:15). This is one reason why some people believe in free will and others do not.

    Similarly, Jesus said, "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30), but "...the Father is greater than I" (John 14:28). This apparent contradiction obviously requires explanatory notes.

    Finally, "For we account a man to be justified by faith, without the works of the law" (Rom. 3:28), but, "Do you see that by works a man is justified ; and not by faith only ?" (James 2:24) This apparent contradiction is a source of endless controversy among Christians.

Certainly God doesn't expect me, with no formal training, to resolve difficult issues like these, without help from those more knowledgeable than I! Authoritative interpretation of His holy word is absolutely necessary. The notes added to the Douay-Rheims Bible by Bishop Challoner are indispensable.

Another reason to prefer the Douay-Rheims version is that some of the notes by Bishop Challoner seem to warn against less accurate translations found in other versions of the Bible. See, for example, the notes to 1 Cor. 7:9, Heb. 11:21, and Matt. 3:2.

Sacred Scripture Sacred Scripture DRV * * Douay Rheims BibleCatholic Bible Online -- Catholic Saints.net

Douay-Rheims Bible, online version
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