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A Prayer Before Reading the Bible
In your love for all people, Lord our God, flood our hearts with the spotless light of your divine wisdom and open the eyes of our mind that we may understand the message of your good news. Instill in us an awe for your blessed teachings, so that, overcoming all the cravings of our flesh, we may enter into a spiritual way of life, pleasing you in all our thoughts and actions. For you are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, Christ our God, and we give glory to you, your eternal Father, and your all-holy, good, and life-Creating Spirit, now and unto ages of ages. Amen.

My favorite version is The New English Bible, which is no longer in print.  It's revision The Revised English Bible is also good.  I use the Revised Standard Version, The Jerusalem Bible, The New American Bible, The English Standard Version, The New English Translation, and the American Standard Version.  Of the newest translations the New English Translation is the best by far and the textual notes are fantastic.

Georges Florovsky on the Bible and Holy Tradition

The Bible and Holy Tradition by Fr David Moser

How to Read the Bible by Bishop Kallistos (Ware)