- The King James Version (KJV) is good but the Young’s Literal Translation (YLT) is a more accurate translation of the original Greek texts.
- The New King James Version (NKJV) is easier to understand but some accuracy is lost compared to the KJV and YLT.
- You can get all three versions on the MySword bible application for android. On the iPad, there is an app called eSword that will get you all three bibles. On Windows, I suggest you download BPBible.
- Once you’ve downloaded the apps, turn on Strong’s dictionary for Greek and Hebrew. The lite version is sufficient.
- Avoid the New International Version, the Message, Good News Bible, Amplified Bible and all other versions based on the works of Westcott and Hort or the Alexandrian manuscripts.
Why the YLT, KJV and NKJV?
- The YLT is the most accurate and trustworthy translation from the original Greek texts according to David Middleton (David is an excellent teacher of scripture. Very precise and correct on most points: David’s teachings.)
- The NKJV and KJV are very similar and very accurately reflects the original Byzantine text. However, there are some issues with the interpretation of certain words such as “power” versus “authority” and the word “heaven” versus “heavens”. These concepts are important for our understanding spiritual authority. See this video (this is probably the best teaching video I’ve seen explaining who we are in Christ).
- The SCOAN in Nigeria uses the NKJV. If God is working mightily who are we to question that?
- Differences between the NKJV and KJV are noted here. In my view, both versions are inspired and the differences are not overly significant, though some would disagree. Where there is a difference go with the YLT translation.
Why not the NIV and bibles based on the works of Westcott and Hort?
- The NIV and many other versions are based on the efforts of Westcott and Hort, two non God fearing academics who relied on what I believe to be corrupted scripture from Alexandria, Egypt.
- In my view, the NIV is scripturally deficient and, among other things, is missing Mark 16:9-25. Without Mark 16:17-18, Christians would not be able to definitively test who the real believers are because only those that believe shall be able to cast out devils in the name of Jesus Christ.
- There is a also a significant discrepancy in Jeremiah 29:11 in the NIV which makes references to prosperity: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” There is no “prosper” word in the KJV: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Certain people mislead others by quoting Jeremiah 29:11 from the NIV and tell people that God intends to prosper them! You can verify the KJV translation by referring to the YLT version and the original Greek (if you read Greek, otherwise use Scriveners to translate).
Video: Kent Hovind explaining why many Bibles today are flawed – including the NIV, RSV, the Amplified Bible etc…
It’s due to corruption from three old manuscripts. Here is how it happened: