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Discussion in 'Bible Versions & Translations' started by StephenUSAFVet, Mar 29, 2021.

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  1. StephenUSAFVet

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    Good morning. For the past couple of years I have really struggled with translations and trying to be sure I am reading, as well as my family, the most accurate version of God’s Word. I was raised reading the KJV, read the NKJV as a teenager, as well as the NASB. Over the past couple of years I’ve primarily read the ESV. I always feel prompted to go back to the KJV, however I’ve been looking at getting the NASB 2020 or 1995, because it’s claimed to be the “most literal.” I am familiar with the difference in text and the dynamic text that many translations use today. The last thing I’m asking for is a lesson on the different texts. I’m just wondering if there are other Christians out there that struggle with this the way I do. If so, what do you do? I’m also 41 years old and in Bible college, and notice that 95% of the references aren’t KJV. Being raised in an IFB church, it’s something I really struggle with and so wish I did not. Thank you for any replies.
     
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    I'll be 70 years young in June. I've been using the KJV since I was 6 years old. Although most people in my church use something else, and our pastor recently switched fro the NKJV to the ESV, I still use and prefer my KJV. I see no reason to change, and I simply don't care for the newer versions. They just don't have the beauty and majesty of the KJV. The NKJV is the only translation I would use if the KJV didn't exist. Just my opinion.
     
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    Pray about it. But it seems that the Spirit is guiding you back to the KJV and that you are in the wrong place.
     
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    StephenUSAFVet, first welcome to the Baptist Board. Hope you find it helpful to you.

    Yes, I think there are other Christians out there that struggle with the Bible versions issue. You ask, "If so, what do you do?" In my case, I doubt it was as significant as your struggle today, as there are so many versions now, and so much promotion of a number of them. Back in my younger days, we used only the KJV at our church, though nothing much was ever said about it. It was what we had, and what we used, and no one had a problem thinking of it as the word of God. I went through a time of thinking updated words/translations would be a good change, but came back to the King James translation in my early-to-mid 20s and have used it ever since. Couldn't be more satisfied.
     
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    I really like the NASB95 as my go to study bible. No English translation is perfect, sometimes the KJV does a better job than the NASB95. In my opinion, more often it is the NASB95 that does a better job than the KJV. Because all our translations are flawed, comparing the passages with other versions is prudent. I compare the NASB95 with the NET because of its very useful footnotes, and with both the KJV and NKJV and WEB (World English Bible) as well as the CSB, NIV, and ESV.
     
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    Do you see yourself switching to the NASB2020 as it becomes more widely available?


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    I’ve often thought the same exact thing.


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    It seems like a lot of churches have gone to the ESV. The issue that I ran into a lot was missing verses and wondering what the real benefit of removing them was.


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    Not sure if that is a general question, or directed to me, but I will give my answer. No, I would never consider switching to the NASB, but I am sure even if I did I would prefer to original over the 2020.

    No, I will stick with my King James Bible until they pry it from my cold dead hands. :)
     
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    The third authorized Church of England version [the KJV] is missing three whole verses that were found in the first authorized Church of England version [the Great Bible]. The KJV is missing as many as 400 words that were found in the Great Bible [as least as found in a 1540 edition of the Great Bible].
    The 1611 KJV added some verses and phrases that were not found in some of the pre-1611 English Bibles of which it was a revision. In addition, present post-1900 KJV editions have over 150 whole words that were not found in the 1611 edition of the KJV.

    Would you ask what was the benefit of the KJV removing words found in the Great Bible or words found in the Bishops' Bible?

    Verses may be missing when compared to the KJV, but there is the possibility that the KJV has added words and added verses from influence of the Latin Vulgate and other sources. The KJV follows some minority readings and even readings found in no known preserved original-language manuscript copies of Scripture.
     
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    No verses are "missing" from the ESV and other new Bibles.

    The King James was translated from a certain set of documents.

    The modern versions were translated from the oldest documents available found long after King James was written.

    Read whatever version you choose in peace. It seems like you have already made up your mind and are settled in your views of modern Bibles.

    I read ESV, Holman, NLT, NIV, King James, and New King James. I have no issues or problems whatsoever.
     
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    I don’t know how you could assume I’m settled in my views when I’m asking for recommendations and stated in the original post that I’ve read numerous.


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    ~sigh~

    One person responded by saying that it seemed the Holy Spirit was drawing you back to the King James and that you were in the wrong place [Bible college I assumed].

    You said that you had "often thought the same thing". Then you spoke of modern versions with missing verses.

    Sorry if I misunderstood the conversation.

    I won't post again.
     
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    They may just give up and bury you with it. :Wink
     
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    No, as they seem to be heading towards Csb/Niv with that revision, am very interested in the legacy version coming this year!
     
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    What legacy version? I haven’t seen anything about that.


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    Called the Lsb, to be a more literal revision of the 1995 Nas!
     
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