A common question we get is: What is the best Bible version? As a museum, we try to stay neutral in the "Bible wars." But this question is important and valid, because people want to know they are reading the Word of God, and that it has not been tampered with.
On the whole, the old cliche of "The best Bible for you is one that you will read" applies. What I tell people who ask is to consider their reading level. Bible translations are not exactly equal. They span a continuum of reading levels. They have their own types, such as word-for-word translations to a free paraphrase. So what is the best Bible version for you? It will be the one you will regularly read and be able to understand. The whole point (in my opinion) is the message, not the letters. If a person cannot understand the message, it will not help them grow in their faith.
So if you are a "regular person." don't allow yourself to get sucked into the Bible version wars. Leave that to the scholars. But you can be certain that what you are reading, regardless of version (with very few exceptions), is the Word of God.
(Photo from the Museum of the English Bible.)