KJV vs NKJV

Discussion in 'Bible Versions/Translations' started by birdlover99, Jun 6, 2016.

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Which Version do you use?

  1. KJV

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  2. NKJV

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  3. NAB

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  4. NIV

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  1. birdlover99

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    So I really like the KJV bible but it can be hard to understand sometimes and I was looking that the NKJV bible but from what I understand sometimes the wording/translations can be kinda funny. The church I grew up with was a KJV only Southern Baptist church. Opinions? Bible suggestions?
    Attached is the copy I personally have and use.
     
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  2. annsni

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    You could absolutely go with the NKJV and you would find it very familiar to what you are used to but a little easier to understand. I say a Bible you will read and understand is better than a Bible you find difficult and don't bother reading. :)
     
  3. Squire Robertsson

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    For what, my day to day is a KJV, though I have used the NKJV without seeing any real difference. Though for study I go from my Bible to my language tools such as they are.
     
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    I grew up in a KJVO church. I went to the NKJV about 20 years ago, and then switched to the NIV about 12 years ago because my kids used the NIV in school.

    I think you would really like the NKJV. The verses will sound familiar, just with the Thees, Thous removed, and -eths at the end of words removed. The transition will be easy. I say go for it!

    What do you mean when you say the NKJV can have wording that is kinda funny?

    (BTW, I didn't see anything attached to your post, so I couldn't see the copy you are using.)
     
  5. Martin Marprelate

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    I use the NKJV for my private reading and study and find it excellent. I believe you will find reading your Bible much more pleasant and easy than with your KJV. The textual basis is the same and I find that I can use KJV concordances and read older commentaries perfectly well with the NKJV.
     
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    If you are attached to the TR, then the NKJV is the best way to go.
     
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    This is the copy I currently use Is KJV reference bible by Thomas Nelson. I don't know what TR means so If someone can explain that, I'd appreciate it. I use my bible everyday whether it be for my personal bible study, general reading, or when I take it to church. Even though I do find it difficult to read, I do read it everyday but I just have to stop all the time and look up meanings of the verses online which can get very frustrating.
    Also what I meant by funny wording is as follows: (There are more examples if you google it)
    In Acts 3:26, the NKJV calls Jesus God's "Servant." The KJV correctly calls Him God’s "Son."
    Titus 3:10 "A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject" "Reject a divisive man"
    Gen. 2:7 "... and man became a living SOUL. "NKJV: "... and man became a living being."
    Gen. 22:8 KJV: "And Abraham said, My son, God will provide HIMSELF a lamb for a burnt offering ..." "And Abraham said, My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.
     
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    The Greek word is παιδα which means a servant child. The common word for "son" is υιος when referring to Jesus as the Son of God.

    That is what heretic means. A "divisive one."
    That is what "soul" means. "A living one."

    Same thing. Just the use of English grammar in a way that is no longer common.
     
  9. Van

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    Let me join the choirs embracing the NKJV over the KJV. Do a search on the WEB, the World English Bible and you will find an even better translation than the NKJV for personal study.

    Yes, sometimes the KJV translation is more accurate than the NKJV, but those examples are few and far between. Far more often, the NKJV is more accurate than the KJV.
     
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    And that tells me all that we need to know. You don't want to leave the KJV. It is your standard. You will never be able to embrace a translation that is higher in quality like the NKJV until you can get past the "correctly calls" rhetoric. Do you even know why you think the KJV is correct here??? I'm guessing since you don't know what the TR is, then no.

    Go to an independent fundi Baptist church?
     
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    26 God, having raised up his servant Jesus, sent him to you first to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your wickedness.”

    10 Avoid a factious man after a first and second warning;

    7 Yahweh God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

    8 Abraham said, “God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they both went together.

    These translations are from the World English Bible. Try it, you will like it.
     
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    IF you wish to continue using the Kjv type version, would suggest either the Nkjv, or else the Modern language updated Kjv version now out!

    or the Esv, as it reads pretty close to how the Kjv does!
     
  13. birdlover99

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    I actually am raised with a very conservative southern baptist church and we were a kjv only church. Its not that I'm unable to embrace another translation, its that I don't know anything about other translations. As for the TR (Textus Receptus), I will admit that I don't know anything about it. I am open minded and willing to try a new bible just unsure of one that will allow me to keep my faith true and help me understand what I am reading better. My only problem with the KJV is that it can be a little tricky understanding what is written.

    I don't mean to offend anyone or step on anybody's toes but If I do, I apologize now.
     
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  14. TCassidy

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    I was saved in an Independent, Fundamental, Baptist church.

    I was baptized in an Independent, Fundamental, Baptist church.

    I was married in an Independent, Fundamental, Baptist church.

    I was educated in an Independent, Fundamental, Baptist Seminary.

    I was ordained in an Independent, Fundamental, Baptist church.

    I served in Independent, Fundamental, Baptist churches for over 40 years.

    I pastored an Independent, Fundamental, Baptist church for 27 years.

    I taught in an Independent, Fundamental, Baptist Bible College.

    I taught in an Independent, Fundamental, Baptist Seminary.

    What do you have against Independent, Fundamental, Baptists?
     
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  15. Squire Robertsson

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    Good question, Dr. C.
     
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    No one has voted for the "NAB". Maybe that is because the NAB is actually a Catholic bible. NAB is the abbreviation for the New American Bible.

    Most likely, the NASB (or also sometimes NASV) was intended. I do like the New American Standard Bible.
     
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    I could say the same for many of those things. I don't care to air my dirty laundry against the IFB movement. Not here anyways. Let's just say that I walked away from it with a bitter taste in my mouth.

    However, most KJVo's come from IFB churches. That was my point. There are a few SBC KJVo churches too. So my instinct was wrong, but only slightly.
     
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    I would have voted for the nasb, as that would be my primary version used, along with the Esv...
     
  19. TCassidy

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    I have found that not necessarily to be the case. I know of may SBC churches (as you mentioned) but I also know of many Pentecostal churches (especially of the "Oneness" variety) and not a few of the old mainline Protestant churches. There is a KJVO Methodist church not far from where I now live, and a couple Bible churches that are, if not radically, at least mildly, KJVO.

    Even though KJVO seems to have gotten started in some Baptist churches before there were IFB churches (see W.B. Riley, "The Menace of Modernism" New York: Christian Alliance, 1917), it took a 7th Day Adventist to popularize the KJVO myth.
     
  20. Martin Marprelate

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    KJV-onlyism is somewhat different in the UK, but the Trinitarian Bible Society, which is the main source of KJVO over here, is largely Reformed. It's chairman, Malcolm Watts is as Reformed as they come. It hasn't always been the case with the TBS, but it is now.
     
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