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I was raised a Catholic and want to return to the church after many years. My question is the Bible I am supposed to read. I have the ESV study Bible and the NRSV Bible. Which is the best for the catholic faith?

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If you want it in American English, The New American Bible Revised Edition, is the standard Bible for American English per the United States Council of Catholic Bishops. Other translations that are approved by the USCCB are:

Books of the New Testament, Alba House

Contemporary English Version - New Testament, First Edition, American Bible Society

Contemporary English Version - Book of Psalms, American Bible Society

Contemporary English Version - Book of Proverbs, American Bible Society

The Grail Psalter (Inclusive Language Version), G.I.A. Publications

New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE)

New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, National Council of Churches

The Psalms, Alba House

The Psalms (New International Version) - St. Joseph Catholic Edition, Catholic Book Publishing Company

The Psalms - St. Joseph New Catholic Version, Catholic Book Publishing Company

Revised Psalms of the New American Bible (1991)

So You May Believe, A Translation of the Four Gospels, Alba House

Today's English Version, Second Edition, American Bible Society

Translation for Early Youth, A Translation of the New Testament for Children, Contemporary English Version, American Bible Society

Approval source: USCCB

For other nations who are English speakers, check with the council of Bishops for that nation.

Which is "best" depends a lot on personal preferences.

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