Which Translation of the Bible Should You Be Studying?
There are a plethora of Bible translations on the market today;
- King James Version (KJV)
- New King James Version (NKJV)
- English Standard Version (ESV)
- New International Version (NIV)
- The Message (MSG)
The King James Version is the one you should study. It is the most accurate word-for-word English translation. If you're familiar with this translation, I can guess what you may be thinking: "It's so difficult to read." True, the language of the time period in which it was translated is difficult to understand at times.
There is an alternative, the New King James Version. This translation updates the language to a more modern tongue without degrading the scripture. It simply makes it easier to read.
Other translations attempted the same thing, but didn't quite measure up or completely failed. There are many discrepancies and inaccuracies. Here's an example:
- "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (KJV)
- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (NKJV)
- "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." (NIV)
(Notice the omission of "Christ" in this translation.)
- " I can do all things through him who strengthens me." (ESV)
(Again, notice the omission of "Christ".)
- " Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. (MSG)
(This translation doesn't even come close to being accurate.)
I realize this is only a one verse comparison. But, when the translation omits Christ from even one verse, it's useless and not worth studying.
This ministry uses the King James Version of the Holy Bible as its primary source for the teaching and studying God's Word. We do, however, also use the New King James Version as a reference for those who find the KJV difficult to understand.
Remember Proverbs 30:5-6:
"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." (KJV)
"Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar." (NKJV)