I’ve always used the King James Version Bible. Its the one bible I recommend for any believer young in the faith. I believe it to be the most accurate of the English translations. My question is, why do so many people hate on the KJV? Especially those who use the NIV bible. And also, which version do you prefer?
Steve Webb [12/28/2015 6:21 PM]
For me the KJV is antiquated, particularly for someone new in faith that may not understand the period English used. With that being said, I still use and appreciate the KJV. It is the most eloquent, and what I compare others against when I have questions.
For my personal reading I usually go to NRSV, NLT, or MEV. MEV is typically what I recommend to new converts.
Corey Forsyth [12/28/2015 6:24 PM]
I have no hatred towards the KJV. My problem comes with sorting through the language. Thees, thous, and begots tend to spark headaches. I enjoy the NKJV and am quickly falling for the HCSB. My only problem with the KJV is the stark hatred many KJV only users typically have towards non KJVers. If we can be wise enough to find the translation that God uses to speak most clearly to us, we should give each other the freedom to use it without condemnation.
Steve Webb [12/28/2015 6:26 PM]
Corey Forsyth I’ve not used, or really looked at, the HCSB. What is it about that you like? Just curious…
Corey Forsyth [12/28/2015 6:28 PM]
When researching translations, I found that they used 4 methods of translation to gain the truest meaning of scripture. So far it has been extremely easy to understand and even enlightening in some cases.
John Kissinger [12/28/2015 6:29 PM]
Brody Pope KJV has many errors – which edition exactly are you using. It is certain it is not the original 1611 edition…
Steve Webb [12/28/2015 6:30 PM]
The 1611 edition is terrible to sort through. I have a reproduced copy to decorate my desk.
Vlad Stepanov [12/28/2015 6:38 PM]
I prefer NIV and ESV. I don’t hate any version, but I don’t get why some say, “If it ain’t King James, it ain’t the Bible!”
John Kissinger [12/28/2015 6:38 PM]
well brother, if it was good for Paul…
John Conger [12/28/2015 6:46 PM]
I have a reproduced 1611. Not for pleasure reading. I use the kjv but really like the nkjv. They all have errors. Some kjv only people will fight you when you say that though
John Kissinger [12/28/2015 6:47 PM]
I can honestly recommend Darby if you care about really following the original Greek text; NASB comes after it Rick Wadholm Jr
John Conger [12/28/2015 6:49 PM]
In the town I Pastored in there were 2 COGs. The other one was ruled by a wealthy family that was kjv only. When they were between pastors they made their own bi-laws and one of them was that only the kjv could be read openly
John Kissinger [12/28/2015 6:55 PM]
well brother, if it was good for Paul…
Josh Willis [12/28/2015 7:11 PM]
I started out with the NCV but I’m slowly working my way up to the more complicated versions. The reason most people don’t like KJV is it’s too hard to understand. I’m the type of person who needs to be talked to like a 4 year old child and need simpler words like most people. Today’s society has quit reading so we didn’t develop our vocabulary, unfortunately I’m one of those people.
Rick Wadholm Jr [12/28/2015 7:34 PM]
Claiming it as “the most accurate” presumes one knows what was originally written in the original languages and that one fully understands and appreciates the various streams of translation theories, aims and limitations.
Mike Albright [12/28/2015 7:52 PM]
While I don’t use the KJV very often anymore, it is the version that I grew up in the faith with. I have moved away from using it, not because it is a bad translation, but because the language in it is 400 years old. Those who still use it must spend time translating outdated words into something that a modern person can understand. Why go through this extra step to preach the gospel when numerous more modern translations have already done it? Just remember that the Bible wasn’t written in KJV English. It was written in Hebrew and Greek (and a bit of Aramaic).
Brody Pope [12/28/2015 7:55 PM]
We had a man who was on the board for tbe NIV bible. He actually did the translating. And basically all he did was bash every bible except the NIV. And I’d read any bible before I read the NIV.
Rick Wadholm Jr [12/28/2015 7:57 PM]
So you are as unreasonable as he is?
John Kissinger [12/28/2015 7:58 PM]
I dont preach from the NIV often, but when I do I preach the fire out of it Marc Bowers knows
Ricky Grimsley [12/28/2015 8:10 PM]
I prefer Kjv. When i hear the word in my head they are in kjv. I dont care for the niv but i have read other translations but the kjv is what i love.
John Kissinger [12/28/2015 8:12 PM]
So when God speaks to you He tells you: Thou art… ?
Marc Bowers [12/28/2015 8:13 PM]
I’ve never spoke King James
John Kissinger [12/28/2015 8:14 PM]
King James should be spoken only as the Spirit gives utterance
Charles Page [12/28/2015 8:40 PM]
The KJV is doctrinally correct while the other human versions have corrected the doctrines.
TJ Jones [12/28/2015 8:46 PM]
I prefer the NASB. From my understanding it is one of the most literal translations. It is easier reading than the KJV, but seems to still be sound. I preach from KJV (I don’t want to give my flock heart failure) but I will occasionally use NASB to help clarify scripture.
Marc Bowers [12/28/2015 8:54 PM]
Wasn’t the KJV human version as well or was King James birthed by Holy Spirit
Basant Bogati [12/28/2015 8:57 PM]
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Jonathan Downie [12/29/2015 2:32 AM]
Most Bible scholars would see the KJV as the least accurate translation, given the strides in textual criticism, linguistic understanding and socio-historical context knowledge since the KJV was originally produced. The books by Fee & Stuart, “How to read the Bible for all its worth” and “How to choose a Bible translation for all its worth” are useful introductions. Due to differences in language use and topical issues with the underlying translation philosophy of the KJV, I would not recommend it for new believers.