Putting It All Together
None of the aforementioned reasons for my use of the KJV can stand alone. A more modern translation without the important fine distinctions that we find in the Elizabethan English would not be sufficiently true to the original text to be much good. A translation using the old English but based on any texts other than the Masoretic and Textus Receptus can’t be trusted as God’s Word at all. A thought-for-thought translation, even if based on the correct text, would be too tainted with the interpretation of man from the outset and would be too imprecise linguistically. The combination is what forces me to the conclusion that the King James Bible and the aforementioned Young’s Literal Translation, which both have their basis in the same underlying texts and use the same Elizabethan English, with the translators having made a supreme effort to remain as faithful as they could to the words in the original text rather than merely attempting to convey the thought, are the most faithful English language translations of the Bible available.
Studying the Original Text
I seek help and clarification of a passage I don’t understand by studying the original texts to the best of my ability using available Greek and Hebrew helps to attempt to delve into God’s Word more deeply. Sometimes I even find an inadequate or, on rare occasions, blatantly incorrect English translation in the King James Version. I nonetheless regard it as God’s Word as well as I do the original texts. God raised up James Strong and Robert Young to produce Greek and Hebrew aids so that we are able to dig deeper if we have trouble understanding or want to know more about an English passage.
Maybe you’ve read this series and are not quite convinced about the King James Version. The Bible version you use is an extremely personal matter between you and God. It’s to Him that we are ultimately accountable. God alone is able to see past the outward appearance straight to the heart.
“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.” (Hebrews 4:12)