“Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike an abomination to the LORD.” (Proverbs 20:10)
The many English Bible versions available today are very different. Since it is the Bible against which the Christian must evaluate every truth claim, these many different Bible versions function as “divers measures”. In practice, Christians who use/consult many Bible versions tend to choose the readings they like, or the ones to their advantage, much like the dishonest merchant of the ancient world. It is difficult not to conclude that the LORD must consider this an “abomination”. Relative to Bible versions, there can be only one true measure, which functions as the universal standard. In English, that universal standard should be the King James Bible.
A study of this issue, titled Diverse Measures and Bible Versions, has been added under Textual Studies.
Today, though still widely read and loved by many, the King James Version is being increasingly forsaken by the Christian public at large in favor of one of the modern versions (e.g., NIV, ESV, NASB). Christians are encouraged to do so by both publishers and scholars. The two most oft repeated reasons to abandon the King James Version are: 1) the archaic language used in the KJV makes it difficult for modern readers to understand, and 2) new archeological discoveries of biblical manuscripts, purported to be older than the manuscripts available to the KJV translators, differ from the Hebrew/Greek manuscripts used as the textual basis in the King James Version; thus, the KJV is derived from an inferior Hebrew/Greek textual basis. However, both of these assertions, when “weighed in the balances”, are “found [to be] wanting” (Cp., Dan5:27).
Bible-believing Christians, especially those without facility in the Hebrew/Greek scriptures, should not abandon the King James Version of the Bible for one of the hundreds of modern versions. Rather, they should continue to use the KJV as Bible-believers have for the past four centuries, for the following reasons. First, the precision of the English grammar used in the KJV accurately communicates grammatical subtleties inherent in the Hebrew/Greek, most of which are lost in the modern versions (including the New King James Version). Second, the philosophy of translation used by the KJV translators (i.e., formal equivalence, or word-for-word translation) honors the nature of scripture and stops short of introducing (potentially) biased interpretation into the translation. Third, the English used in the King James Version gives rise to essential doctrines that are absent from many modern versions. Fourth, the Hebrew/Greek textual basis undergirding the King James Version is superior to that used by the modern versions, being based on the textual tradition that has been providentially preserved by God throughout all generations.
A full-length article on this topic titled Why Use the KJV? has been added under Textual Studies.