Why I Prefer The KJV Bible and Why You Should NOT Read The Message

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There are many versions of the Bible out there – I prefer the KJV even over NKJV (which has made many revisions to the text, not just eliminating the thees and thous etc.) (3)

Honestly all the thees, and thous and yeas etc. I find to be annoying – there I said it. I resisted this version for a long time because of the words used – silly maybe I know. At times the archaic English used in the KJV is hard to understand – this despite my having been reassured in an article I read online that said: “the KJV is written so as a 5th grade student can understand it”. Hmmmm – maybe I need to go back to school then? I digress, still all in all, I prefer this version over others.

Did you know that the only Bible with NO copyright is the King James Bible? As it is in the public domain anyone can reproduce it with no need of changing the text, nor payment of royalties. All other Bibles have to change the text to get a copyright. Does this mean that any and all changes to the text of the Bible are critical affecting our understanding of God’s Word and the basic concepts and the premise of the Word? Honestly – no. Then again, some of these changes DO affect our understanding – discernment is required.

The wording of many verses in versions other than the KJV is different, sometimes this is ok, sometimes though this is very bad. What words are used when changes are made to the text can and does change the meaning of the text – and that is not good.

Isaiah 66:5 (KJV) Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed

Isaiah 66:5 (NIV) Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: “Your brothers who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy!‘ Yet they will be put to shame.

Big difference in meaning between these two sets of verses. This verse refers to the Pharisees casting out the believing Jews from the synagogues. In the KJV the Lord will appear (second coming perhaps?) and you (believing Jews and others) will feel joy at this. In the NIV the verse reads like the people are to glorify God that yet others may see their joy – do you see the huge difference here?

2 Corinthians 2:17 (KJV) For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:17 (NKJV) For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ

Big difference between corrupting the Word of God verses peddling the Word of God.

Acts 8:37 (KJV) And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God

Look the above verse up in the NIV, ESV, GNT – it does not exist. Look it up in the RSV, verse 37: * [No text] Really? An admission of the eunuch that Jesus Christ is the Son of God was left out?

Next look up John 5:4 In many versions other than KJV, this verse is not there either.

Look at Philippians 2:6 in the KJV and then in the NIV – HUGE difference in meaning. Then look at this article that does a great job of explaining the differences. (1)

Question: who in the Bible killed Goliath? Easy right? David killed Goliath. Not so according to the ESV and other versions as well –
2 Samuel 21:19 (ESV) And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, struck down Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam

The KJV says that: Elhananslew the brother of Goliath the Gittite – huge difference here! (2)

Matthew 18:11 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost
The above verse is missing completely from the ESV and GNT among others.

Daniel 3:25 (KJV) He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Daniel 3:25 (NIV) He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

Daniel 3:25 (GNT) “Then why do I see four men walking around in the fire?” he asked. “They are not tied up, and they show no sign of being hurt – and the fourth one looks like an angel.”

Huge difference in what is being said here in the different versions. The KJV makes it plain that the 4th figure is Christ, the NIV says the 4th figure is like a son of the gods, while the GNT says the 4th figure is like an angel – wow what a difference! (3)

There are many other changes as well, to many to list here in fact and many of the changes are not simple grammatical changes, they actually alter the meaning of the text. In the reference listed below (3) you can see many of these changes – the actual changes used in different versions – you may well be surprised.

I won’t go so far as to say all other Bible versions are worthless, as I consult them at times for clarification and my own understanding. Still it behooves us to understand some of the devious changes made in some revisions of the text in other Bible versions.

One final thought: if your translation of choice is The Message – throw it out right now and get a different Bible! The Message does not even deserve to be called a Bible.

Eugene Peterson author of The Message is involved in the New Age Movement. In this book he basically paraphrases the Bible taking out whatever he decides to and adds things that are not to be found anywhere in the Bible. We are expressly warned in God’s Word not to do this, yet Eugene does this with seeming indifference while being praised by big Christian names!

Consider the following:

If The Message is accepted as Biblical truth, three distortions of New Testament teachings could spread and permeate the Church, conforming “truth” to popular consensus and false unity:

  • Since God is love, He wouldn’t be so cruel as to cause someone to suffer, perish or burn in hell. So don’t mention Biblical consequences or punishment.
  • Since God forgives, don’t be too concerned about specific sins such as homosexuality or adultery. Jesus wouldn’t want you to offend someone.
  • Since God is tolerant, don’t correct others. Be tolerant of all, except those who criticize something you like. (This politically correct attitude censors much-needed rational, objective criticism as a corrective force.) (4)

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come . Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen

Matthew 6:9-13 (MSG) With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best – as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.

Note the part of the verse in red from The Message – visit the link below to see why this is significant.
as above, so below (5)

References

(1)Thought it not robbery to be equal with God
(2) KJV the most accurate English translation of the Bible
(3)Why the King James Bible is Still the Best and…The Most Accurate
(4)What kind of message is The Message?
(5)as above, so below

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Comments 9

  1. Peter Guirguis

    This is a really good blog post Greg about the different versions of the Bible that are out there. I’m glad that you’re able to get past the thou’s of the KJV. Personally, I can’t. So my personal favorite is the NKJV. I’ve heard one Pastor call the NIV version the, “Nearly Inspired Version” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Personally what I’ve also found to be best is that no matter what translation someone is reading, it’s a good idea to periodically do a word study in the Greek or Hebrew to truly find out the full meaning of a verse that minister to you really means. For this, I highly recommend Blue Letter Bible http://www.blueletterbible.org/.

    You might be using it already Greg since you are quite the biblical scholar ๐Ÿ™‚ But I thought I would put it out there is a resource for the other readers.

    1. Greg

      Thank you Peter ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes I agree, knowing the original words does help greatly. At the very least researching other like verses to see what is said is more than a little important, people tend to take a verse and interpret it alone on it’s own merits. As you know context is king!

      I have used Blue Letter before, they are good. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Funny story on the KJV – I began reading it after having been reading the NKJV – after having been reading the NIV. The day I began reading the KJV I found myself getting very irritated and even angry – I realized then and there that I was reading the version I should be. ๐Ÿ™‚ Still don’t care for thee and thou! ๐Ÿ™‚

      One neat point for anyone else reading KJV or thinking on it – any words beginning with t – thee thou etc, are singular – one person. If it begins with y ye you etc – plural more than one. Read John 3:3-7 in the NKJV, NIV etc. then read it in the KJV remembering the grammer rules, it makes more sense as you know for sure Jesus was speaking to all on the broader points while addressing his speech to Nicodemus. Interesting no? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Linda Chapman

    I love my KJV….I will read it a little different since I see the singular and plural of the (t) and (y)…that was interesting. I have use the message bible to get a better understanding of scripture but I will be putting that bible away. I have also used the NIV until I found scriptures missing. I have heard of the Blue letter Bible but never really tried it. I will now…..thank you for enlightening me! It is always my heart to know the truth of God’s Word. I don’t want to be deceived. For the Word does tell us that in the last days many will be deceived if they don’t know the truth!

    1. Greg

      Hi Linda, I’m glad this was a blessing to you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting.

      Bible Study Tools is also a good place to go.

      God bless
      Greg

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