Typical: e.g. Psalm 23 or Mark 1:14-15.
Difficult: e.g. Rom 3:21-26 or Gal 2:15-21.
Formal equivalence and/or dynamic equivalence: click here.
For an excellent overview on how bibles differ: click here. .
HarperCollins Study Bible (HCSB, 1997ff)
This is an outstanding edition…easily the best of the study bibles. Be sure to search for the most recent edition (thus far, the fifth).
New English Translation Full Notes Edition
This is a very fine translation, in the Reformed tradition. The pages are beautifully laid out — quite exceptional.
Jewish Study Bible (NJPS, 2003 / second edition 2014)
New Oxford Annotated Study Bible (NOAB, 2010/ 2017)
Catholic Study Bible (CSB, 2016)
Orthodox Study Bible (OSB, 2008)
As a primary source, everyone should have the HarperCollins Study Bible. A recent addition is the New English Translation, Full Notes Edition. This is an annotated translation and the editors are chiefly concerned with what the words meant then and mean now. This could not be your only study bible but if you don't know the original language (like most people), then this is very, very useful. Unfortunately, an opportunity was missed with the Orthodox Study Bible, as it is not particularly well done.
On this page you will see an incomplete (!) listing of popular contemporary versions. When choosing a version or versions, a good question to ask is, what will this be used for? One Bible might be suitable for children, another for a Bible study group, another for proclaiming the Word in liturgy and and so on.