Pray tell me without jumping to conclusions why do you think we need many versions when there is only ONE God?Because the bible was not written in English and no single translation can effectively convey some of the subtleties in the original text.
Take Fox's translation of the 5 books of Moses. While not a literal translation, it carries the poetic nature and some of the play on word sounds of the Hebrew text. Other translations can carry the meaning.
I once talked with a Moslem for an hour or so and he came out with an argument similar to yours .he said Only the Koran in Arabic is the Word of (his)God.
I asked him then had he been lying to me the last hour?he said no.
I then asked him if the book he had in his hand which on one side had the Koran in Arabic and on the other was an English translation.
I asked him then was that lying then?
he said no.
I replied that he had been quoting to me in English the Koran was he lying? he said not.
I then asked him was God an Arab?
NO! was the answer.
I asked is he English? Thought the English might have used to think so.
he said no!
Japanese?Chinese whatever? he said not.
Which of course is true.
I then asked him who's languages these are then?
Man or Gods?
Man the reply.
I then said If these are all mans languages then God must have (as it were) His own language then.
For clearly God is not by nature a man.
and if all these languages on earth are the natural language of all men according to their origins then God must then have his own.
I then asked him The message of God has it ever changed?
No was his reply.
So I then said If the message of God has not changed and God does not change .Then it is the accuracy of the translation that is important.
I also pointed out that it is impossible for the message of God to be UNTRANSLATEABLE into a mans language seeing that God created all languages and man included.
Now it is true that say the French need more words to say the same thing as the English. That's the nature of the French.
But do not dare say that the message of God cannot be accurately translated so that all men may understand and believe.
For how then can man have faith in God unless he understand the Word of God?
Do not then say that you need to understand Greek and Hebrew to truly understand it or have the original texts to boot.
For Saul of tarsus had more of each than any alive today and he most definitely did not understand the scriptures.
Moreover the religious leaders of the day also did not understand the Scriptures although Hebrew was their mother tongue.
Jesus said ye boast in the scriptures but ye know not Him of whom the scriptures speak.
In comparison you have peter James and john ignorant and un learned men who understood more than they all and gave expression to their understanding because "They had been with Jesus"
It is the serpent who was the most subtle of all the animals.
I would suggest God is NOT subtle at all!
"But rather he is light and not even the SHADOW of turning.."