Every word in the Bible is “God-breathed” and will never pass away or change: “My word shall never pass away” (Mt 5:18). We will be judged by the words of the Bible (Jn 12:48). Paul refered to scripture as “sacred writings which are able to make us wise unto salvation … Every scripture is inspired of God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work” (II Tim 3:15-17). Much of what is written to Timothy and Titus is warning them to “preach the word” and to hold fast to this “truth” from which many have turned away and made shipwreck of their faith (II Tim 4:1-5). The apostle Peter wrote, “If any man speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God” (I Peter 4:11). Paul warned Christians in Corinth, that they “must not go beyond that which is written” (I Cor 4:6). The “truth shall make us free” (Jn 8:32).

Jesus told His disciples that the word of God “is truth” (Jn 17:17). He quoted from the Old Testament (Dt 8:3), telling His disciples that “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

When selecting a Bible, it is important that we choose a reliable and faithful translation, rather than a paraphrase or a substitute simply because it may be easy to read.