I know this is bad English but that’s the way the saying goes. But I’m going to take a little different route on this one.
Today we have so many “versions” of the Bible which they call translations but some are really just paraphrases, not translations. My question to you is: which ones are correct? I’m going to discuss this from a different point view, not dissect each version of the Bible.
When we read the Bible, we need to recognize what we are reading – the Word of Almighty God to us! How many people really think about this when reading the Word?
God’s Word is so pure and holy and accurate as to what He really is saying to us. We need to acknowledge this when we read and study. But how many actually do?
To many Christians, the Bible is just another book to make you feel good. [And most don’t let it get in the way of what they believe!] But that’s not all it is. It’s the life and faith of Almighty God poured into the pages between the covers. It’s His Word to us to show us how to be victorious in every area of our lives!
God’s Word is jam-packed with His DNA – His faith – and it’s just as powerful today as it was when He first spoke it. Now the Good News is that His Word is just as powerful and filled with faith when we speak it out of our mouths in faith. Wow – that’s a mouthful!
Which brings me to the next point having to do with the title of this blog: God’s Word works so DON’T change it! Unfortunately that’s what many of the newer translations have done. They’ve not only changed the Word but they have even omitted some of the verses for who knows why!
God’s Word doesn’t need changing. It’s perfect the way it is. Now I understand that by reading other translations, we can get a clearer picture of what He’s saying since the KJV is sometimes elusive due to the language. However, if you just stick with it, you’ll begin to enjoy the KJV because you can see the real intent of what is being said.
Not only that, how are you going to do a word study using other translations when the Strong’s and Young’s Concordances are based on the KJV?
And another advantage of the KJV is that it’s easier to memorize. I really had a hard time memorizing scriptures when I first got saved because I was reading a different version but when I switched to the KJV, I seemed to be able to memorize scriptures simply by reading and with hardly any effort!
In conclusion, let me say that no matter which version you read, you still need the Holy Spirit to interpret it to you and He’s the Best interpreter. Just keep reading and learning the Word so you can apply it to your life!
I use the Amplified Bible along with my KJV when I study and it really helps.
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Psalm 119:105 (KJV) 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Happy studying – Pamela