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If you read the bible, which version do you read?

Discussion in 'Controversial Topic Discussion' started by My pit is Sasha, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. My pit is Sasha

    My pit is Sasha Good Dog

    I have a couple of very nice copies of the 1611 Edition of the King James Bible (with the Apocrypha) where the text is a word for word facsimile of the original which makes it a bit hard to read at times. The text is also very small and the eyes are getting old.

    So today I went looking for a new copy that was easier on the eyes. Even after having read through all this a few years back: The King James Bible Defended! I was considering a New King James Version (I refuse to have anything to do with the NIV, ERV, ASV, etc.) but ended up coming back to the King James Version after looking through the copies they had. This one has really big print so I can read it easier. It does not have the Apocrypha but I'll hunt down a good full copy of the 1611 Edition with bigger print one of these days.

    So I'm kind of curious, if you read the bible, which version? And if it is not the 1611 Edition as transcribed for King James why don't the changes disturb you?

    Yes the "thee", and "thou", an "ye" etc. makes it a little difficult reading at first, but the newer versions all change the meaning claiming to make it clearer which I don't buy. So I stay with the old King James Version.

    As I said, I was thinking of the NKJV when I went into the store, but my hand kept returning to the KJV.
  2. youknow2

    youknow2 Big Dog

    same here. but we got a few others like the New World Translation produced from the Jehovah Witness which i found out that words are add or taken off.
  3. bluestark

    bluestark American Bully Moderator

    I use both new and old KJV. Sometimes I have a hard time comprehending the thee and thous, and etc so I cross reference to see the difference.
  4. AuggieStyle

    AuggieStyle Puppy

    thats funny you bring this up i down loaded the holy bible as an app on my iphone that would send me scriptures on a daily basis and i was asked which version i wanted i said hmmmmm, well let me see what versions you have .... there was over 50 versions i didnt get through them all i asked to be sent a couple of different versions then i started crossreferncing them with my good ol hard copy and i am amased at the different interpretations
  5. My pit is Sasha

    My pit is Sasha Good Dog

    Exactly. The loss of "thee" and "thou" and some of the other original words as they were translated in NKJV results in things like this:

    Please decide what God is saying to Moses: "And the LORD said to Moses, "How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?" (Exodus 16:28, NKJV)
    It looks like God is saying, "Moses, you are continuing to refuse to keep My commandments and My laws." But look carefully at the accurate King James: "And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?"
    Now we understand! It was the people, not Moses, that God was upset with. "Ye" and "you" mean more than one person. "Thee," "thou," "thy," "thine," "doeth," "hast," etc., only mean one person. How do we know? The "y" is plural. The "t" is singular. Isn't that easy? Now you know what Jesus meant when He said to Nicodemus, "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again" (John 3:7).

    Was this laziness, translation by people that did not believe in what they were translating, greed to get a new "clearer" version on the market to sell, all of the above? I don't know. But the meaning of many parts of the Bible have been changed, NOT translated with these various versions which is why I stay with the 1611 King James Version. It's not as simple to read/understand in comparison with newer versions, but if you what you are reading isn't accurate then how good is your understanding?

    Then again, many years ago this was how people learned to read, and from what I've been seeing reading comprehension seems to be on the decline. Maybe we need to dumb it down some more (and change it yet again). I hope not but I'm sure someone will.
  6. Obed

    Obed Good Dog Premium Member

    In my studies I have read all the commonly available translations, including lexicon type direct literal word for word from the original Hebrew and Greek. (a little harder to follow sentence structure, but that is OK because in the original language there were no scripture number designations, it read like a letter)
    I do not like using the word "version", I think the word "translation" gives a more meaningful explanation of each of the works.
    I do not find any contradictions contained in any of the translations, they all are trying to portray the same meaning.
    My personal favorite in both the old and new testaments is the King James.
  7. Lotsapits

    Lotsapits Big Dog

    I have always favored the KJV myself but I am not against other versions as long as the basic content stays the same.
    I grew up with the thees and thous so I am used to it.
  8. Miakoda

    Miakoda GRCH Dog

    I use the KJV myself. But I must admit that I like Bibles devoted to certain groups.....children, mothers, women, men....etc. For instance, I just got a mother's devotional Bible for my birthday. I am thoroughly enjoying it.
  9. Prophecy

    Prophecy Good Dog

    I like the king james version(old).I love the style it is written in,and I love reading the uninhanced texts because it lets ME interpret what is written.Not someone else's interpretation via edits and simplification.

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