Why I Prefer The KJV Bible – Josh journal
There are different versions of the Bible, and as long as the verses and chapters are complete, none is more important than others.
But my preferred Bible version remains the King James Version.
I know the story behind its creation, and I should say it doesn’t move me one bit. It could have never existed and there wouldn’t be a vacuum in Christianity.
My preference for the King James Version of the Holy Bible is rooted in my love for literature. Shakespearean era literature to be precise.
In my opinion, the use and structure of that ancient form of the English language is peak literature.
It is beautiful for prose, yet even more perfect for poetry.
This is most visible in the Psalms and Songs of Solomon. You can also see it in the musical aspects of Exodus and Revelation.
The language makes you sound sage-like as you quote for the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and in the responses of Job and letters of Apostle Paul.
My only grudge with the King James Version of the Bible is their rendition of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
This is the only portion of the Bible I think other versions one-up them.
“Love is patient, love is kind.“ It just gets the edge over “Charity suffereth long, and is kind.”
Sometimes though, the KJV one does hit differently. On special days, I totally forget that it is the same as “love is patient”.
But on the 8th verse, the King James Version wins every time.
“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:8 KJV
At the end of the day, my choice is more about sentiment than anything else. Whichever version of the Bible you find easiest to understand, stick with it.
You read the Bible, not for someone else, but to know and hear God better. If you find Him in the KJV, stick with it.
And if you assimilate better with the NKJV, or NIV, NLT, ESV, AMP, MSG, or any other version, the most important thing is connecting with God.
Finally, for all the great work that King James I did, the only King James I acknowledge is first named LeBron.