Bible Translation Controversy

Which KJV? King James Only Part 1

I have no ax to grind with the 1611 King James Version of the Bible. I have a copy and have had one or more for years. I believe it to be a competent and trustworthy translation, though the language is awkward and confusing at times.
I DO take issue with those who maintain that the KJV is the ONLY legitimate translation today and is in fact ” God’s Word for the English speaking world. ”
This goes too far. There are other good translations out there. I prefer the NASB.
This is a major issue with some. I post this as a primer on the subject of KJV Only-ism.
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BTW,I’m not wild about the background music on this one. Feel free to turn your speakers down.
The written content is the main attraction. It’s solid and well researched.

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One Response to Bible Translation Controversy

  1. Joi says:

    Personally, I think everyone should simply focus on reading the Bible – and if the KJV is too difficult to understand, they should find a version that isn’t.

    It’s like Shakespeare – some people read the words and have little question marks dancing around their head. That’s why they have Shakespeare printed in easier to comprehend forms.

    However, I believe that the KJV, as well as Shakespeare, are anything but “awkward.” I think they’re absolutely beautiful. Then again, I love latin, classical literature, etc. – so, I’m completely at home with the older writing style.

    The main thing, as you so brilliantly point out – is to read God’s word!

    I love the fact that you highlight Phillipians 4:8 by the way – it’s one of my favorite verses in the Bible (any version!).

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