Sometimes church members ask me what is the best translation to use. For a short answer I like the Holman Christian Standard Bible for readability and understanding and the English Standard Version for study and accuracy. The King James is good if you like to read your favorite passages in the version you most often hear them. John 3:16 just doesn’t sound right unless it is KJV.
However, it helps to know more about them. So go and read this to learn more about which translations are best and how you can choose your own based on the basics listed in the article.
Finally, the best translation is the one you will read and understand. So go to a Christian book store and read through a few of your favorite passages and see which one you like. Read John 3, Psalm 23, and Matthew 27-28.