I never liked replacing my old bible because it was like losing a friend, and its hard work transferring all the notes. Having said that, it does give me time to revisit and edit my notes and links.It's always been a sad thing for me when my bible gets worn beyond salvage, but also kind of cool. It almost feels like I'm starting all over again when I get a new one.
If I ever gave my old bible away, it is usually so trashed that it would only get used as a fire lighter!When I first left home I met a guy who grew up in church, but did not know the gospel or have a bible of his own.
At the time my bible (the first one I read completely through) was falling apart and held together solely by good wishes and tape. It was full of notes and underlined copiously.
I gave that bible to him so that he would have one.
It wasn't until some time later that it dawned on me that he may have thought I was dumping my trash off on him.
I still get surprised when I follow my cross references put there years ago.
I am pretty useless at remembering chapter and verse numbers, other than the obvious ones like John3v16........(What's that?)
If I remember a quote, I can only find it in my own bible because I remember that it's in maybe Romans and in the left hand column of the right hand page about one third of the way down. I usually remember the "look" of the passage also, so to find it a have to flick through the pages until I recognise the "look of the page, and there it is.
Very strange I know! Give me someone else's bible and I am utterly lost.
So for about the last 30 years, I have had to hunt for the same issue bible if I need to replace it. That was impossible till Amazon arrived on the scene. I can generally find one there and for safety I have one waiting in the bookshelf ready for the time the current one fades away.
Pathetic isn't it. Like a child that won't surrender its comfort blanket!
The really laughable thing is that my beloved bible is actually a Scofield reference bible. Scofield was a Calvinist and various people here have condemned his study notes. I am completely opposed to Calvinism and also disagree with many of his other notes, so there are many pages covered in red scribble as I have edited out his stuff.
However I personally enjoy the layout and a good percentage of his notes and it was a good help at the beginning of my journey.
The moral of this tale is, do not get taken in by any editor, or any bible teacher, or any "ism". Listen to the Holy Spirit because he promises to lead you into all truth!