I’ve always used the King James Version Bible

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Brody Pope | PentecostalTheology.com


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.


  • William DeArteaga
    Reply May 22, 2016

    William DeArteaga

    I use the NIV and sometimes the NASB, but I do not hate the Kg J version. I recognize that the Greek text the KJ translators were using had certain errors that modern editors have been able to fix. Also, to use the KJ is to imply that Jesus and the people around him spoke in an archaic tongue, that was perhaps 300 years old. Not so. They spoke mostly contemporary Aramaic or market Greek. The NIV gives the meaning of teh scriptures in contemporary language.

  • CrossTheology
    Reply May 22, 2016


    But KJVO (King James Version Only) is dangerous tough.

  • Mary Ellen Nissley
    Reply May 22, 2016

    Mary Ellen Nissley

    I grew up with KJV, and memorized many passages as a child.
    I know many who are KJV-only, and it bothers me to hear the extremes it can be taken to. Idolization of a translation is dangerous, especially when Elizabethan English is no longer correctly understood.

    That said, I still prefer the KJV. Even though it is far from perfect, I find it preserves much of the meaning newer translations do not contain.

    That, and the confusion of verses left out…
    Pretty soon, it gets to feeling like, “Yea, hath God said?”
    (Serpent in the Garden, casting doubt.)

    I prefer the KJV, but only when we are educated enough to know what we are reading.

  • Varnel Watson
    Reply May 22, 2016

    Varnel Watson

    It’s a goo thing…

  • Michael Rivalsky
    Reply May 22, 2016

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  • Varnel Watson
    Reply May 23, 2016

    Varnel Watson

    This is the original long ending of Mark 16 which I am sure all KJV readers are well familiar with. And no, these are not spellcheck errors (though KJV had quite a few of those too) 🙂 – – – MARK 16:15-18 in the original King James Version of the Bible
    15 And he said vnto them, Goe yee into all the world, and preach the Gospel to euery creature.
    16 He that beleeueth and is baptized, shalbe saued, but he that beleeueth not, shall be damned.
    17 And these signes shal follow them that beleeue, In my Name shall they cast out deuils, they shall speake with new tongues,
    18 They shall take vp serpents, and if they drinke any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sicke, and they shall recouer…

  • David John Maxfield
    Reply May 23, 2016

    David John Maxfield

    I’m with you Troy Day. I believe that so many people attack the King James Bible because just like the devil in the garden of Eden, he also attacked the Word of God and all he had to do was change one word and it brought sin into humanity. God Said “you shall surely die”(if they ate of the fruit) and the devil’s reply was an attack on Gods word when he said “Did God really Say?” and “You shall NOT surely die” all it took was for him to add one word.

  • Tim Renneberg
    Reply July 7, 2016

    Tim Renneberg

    Interestingly enough… I’ve only used the King James (at least the revised version we have, instead of the AV1611) as a study tool.

  • John Costanzo
    Reply July 7, 2016

    John Costanzo

    Because new believers have cant understand the NIV is better for.them now I preach from the KJV thats what I am used to

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