Bible Review | NKJV Verse-by-Verse Center-Column Reference

The NKJV Classic Verse-By-Verse Center-Column Reference Bible is finally available in brown goatskin leather cover! In 2019, Thomas Nelson first released this beautiful NKJV edition in brown leathersoft and black goatskin Premier; and before 2021 ended, they released it in a stunning gray leathersoft and gray genuine leather cover.

This edition in brown goatskin is the latest addition to Thomas Nelson’s Premier Collection series. I have said it before and I will say it again: I am a huge fan of their brown goatskin leather. As much as it is gorgeous and elegant, the quality of this leather is excellent and the durability is exceptional. Like other Thomas Nelson Bibles with brown goatskin leather, this one has raised spine hubs, perimeter stitching, and a brown leather liner with a gilt line. On the other hand, though it is not really an issue to me, it is noticeable that this one has no generous yapp to hug and somehow protect the text block. Overall, this Bible is super gorgeous! If I am buying Bibles for their looks alone, I will surely get this one in a heartbeat.

I absolutely like the classic verse-by-verse layout of this Bible. It makes the reading experience more pleasant and enjoyable. Aside from this, the two-color page design—black for scripture text and red for titles and chapter, verse, and reference numbers—makes finding verses and references much easier. This Bible is also red-letter—meaning the words of Christ are in red. The text is line-matched and is set in a 10-point Comfort Print typeface, and printed on a 36 gsm premium European Bible paper. It also has beautiful red-under-gold page edges, smyth-sewn and edge-lined binding, and three premium double-sided satin ribbon markers. All of these are hallmarks of a Thomas Nelson premium Bible.

Aside from all the remarkable physical features of this Bible, it is also praiseworthy the loads of study tools that this Bible contains. It boasts over 72,000 cross-references which allow you to find related passages throughout the Holy Scriptures. Furthermore, each Bible book has introductions that provide a concise overview of the background and historical context of the book about to be read. A comprehensive concordance and eight full-color maps are also included in the back to help you in further study of the Scriptures.

Final thoughts

I particularly love the NKJV Classic Verse-By-Verse Center-Column Reference Bible for its smooth readability and outstanding physical and study features. I am so glad that Thomas Nelson released it in their Premier Collection—now in brown goatskin leather which I really like. Highly recommended!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the NKJV Classic Verse-By-Verse Center-Column Reference Bible (ISBN 9780785256168) from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a fair and honest review. To purchase or learn more about this Bible, visit

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