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The Superiority of the King James Bible

I never quite warmed up to the demeanor of the "King James Onlyists," who really seem to me to be a little mean-spirited in the execution of their agenda and will consider nothing other than the King James Version as the English-speaking Word of God. Every now and then, somebody tries to introduce something that is called a 'modern-update' of the KJV, based on the same time-honored manuscripts (by the way, I do consider the Textus Receptus to be the most reliable), only to have it picked apart, "exposed" and shot down by the KJV-only crowd. Examples of this include the New King James Version, the Modern English Version, the American King James Version and the King James 'Easy Read' version. While I have never read the American King James Version, I am familiar with the others and would trust them as accurate translations of the Word of God by God-fearing brothers and sisters. In fact, I scoffed when the MEV recently came out, thinking the last thing we need is yet another "do-over of the King James" until I picked up a copy and started reading it. I think it is well done and the closest to the original King James of any of the modern translations of the same manuscripts. It is within the realm of possibility that I could even find myself preferring it to the New King James as time goes on.

I still love the King James Version the best and enjoy reading and studying from it-- because, when I do, I am very aware of the fact that I am reading the Bible and not some work of man-- such as a novel or commentary. I believe that the King James Bible contains all the verses of God's Word that are intended for me to study, learn and grow from. While I still enjoy reading and quoting from other modern versions of the Bible (The New Living Translation has a special place in my heart, among others), I do consider the KJV my 'go-to' standard in translations. When somebody says the word "Bible," the King James Version is what comes to mind.

I would love to read your comments on the subject-- provided they are presented in a civil, loving manner as a brother or sister in the LORD would be expected to write them.

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