The best Bible I’ve found is the Companion Bible Auth. Version of 1611 (enlarged-type edition cuz it’s normal type, but makes the size of the Bible larger, 8.5 x 11. I have no idea what ‘regular type’ would look like cuz ‘enlarged’ is normal-size.)
Anyway, what’s great about it is all the in-page notes as well as about 200 pages of appendices that are helpful. If you want to try it, here’s a link of it online:
The online version at that site does not show the “Appendixes” but they can be printed from the stie below. Even though I have the text, I like having the appendices separate for ease of use.
The way I decided on the KJV was in finding the website of the Interlinear “Hebrew/Greek Bible” program. It’s a wonderful tool that can do word and phrase searches, as well as look-ups by Strong’s #. (It has a couple of drawbacks but I didn’t see them until my ‘Questioner’ got stronger). Strong’s defs are also right there under the word. Under the “View” button, the Hebrew can be switched to read from left-to-right…much easier ;).
Interlinear Scripture Analyzer (ISA) scripture4all.org/
For me, the old KJV most closely matches the Hebrew/Greek and that’s important, to me. However, any time I want to view other ‘takes’ on a passage, I just go to Bible Hub (a site I also use to view multiple commentaries).
It took me a while to realize that just ‘reading the Bible’ wasn’t going to take me where I wanted to go. Relying on my own understanding is what drove me from the Bible in the first place. I became invested in the Journey and the desire to Know grew.
There may be CDs available of the Catholic Bible version of your preference, if you try that method and it appeals to you. I began where I was comfortable but wasn’t afraid to explore when the urge to do so occurred.
I also bought the *loose-leaf * KJV Bible (they make others) so that I could insert notes/commentaries within the chapters. I’m hoping to start a women’s Bible study group and wanted to have notes handy.
There’s also a KJV Subject Bible I recently saw on TCT that sounds great - the verses on a subject are written out under the subject title. Just sounds good to me cuz ‘flipping’ can get tedious
. The $150 price tag, however, does not sound so good. Am waiting to see if others have tried it and feel the price is justifed for the advantages.