The Authorized King James Version is an English translation of the Christian Bible begun in 1604 and first published in 1611 by the Church of England.The V in KJV of course stands for *version* because it is just that. A version of the original scriptures. A good reliable version but still a version.
I am not an expert when it comes to varying versions of the Bible but I do find the KJV language to be outdated and very very hard to follow in places. God wants us to read and retain His word. I have loved my KJV and NIV parallelled. I read it in the KJV and use the NIV side as a kind of commentary to help open up those difficult passages. I have heard that the NIV is a *dynamic* translation that means it conveys thought for thought and not word for word. This allows for mens interpretation so I dont read from the NIV alone just use it as a reference.
The ESV is my husbands new favorite Bible and also the one my church is starting to use. My Pastor loves the ESV and highly recommends it as a version that is true to the originals only in modern day language.
The church I received the Holy Ghost in would run around the church holding their Bibles high singing the King James Versions right! So I know this can be a touchy subject.
What version do you use?