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Do all versions of the bible mean the same? Like kjv is old english and the nav is alot easier to understand. Or is nav not as accurate?

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Boxingteam96, I think you answered your own question when you said that the NIV is a lot easier to understand. And because that version is easy for you to understand , that's the one you should read. Ive been reading and studying about 10 years, and it was the NIV that helped me get started. After about 5 years, I began using a parallel Bible that prints different translations in columns side by side, I had a Amplified and a KJV . It was after i used that for a while, I learned that I could understand KJV very easily! But I think it was a progressive thing that didn't just come naturally, to me anyway, everybody is different I suppose :). But I know our Lord will see you seeking and come in and meet you there with revelation, and i can tell that you're on your way when your inquiring about Bible translations! But after all is said and done, I do love the KJV very much, and I think you'll grow to love it too, perhaps you could buy a parallel bible KJV and NIV for your studies, and continue your reading in NIV. Either way, you'll be fine, I wish you the best! Beth.

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Hi Beth! I grew up on the KJV.
I love it because it is so poetic. But now I read the New KJV. It has notes and maps and an index and all sorts of great things. Later gator, Claire
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I read the new King James Version. I've heard kind James version is the best, and the new King James Version just rephrases the words to todays language.

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I'm with you there.
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No! your newer versions have been distorted.

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There is nothing wrong with the KJV of the Bible. Another good version is the American Standard Version, and the New World Translation. I use the NWT and I find it much easier to understand than the other two. However, the choice is yours! :)

I do invite you to follow this link in order to learn more about the KJV :

http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/102011446#h=0:0-46:16

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ALL bibles written in english have been distorted to an extent. we are relying on an interpreters version of the original text. same thing with the bible written in modern english. for the most part, the same general idea is presented in each version. the only thing i recommend regarding which version to get is this: get one you feel comfortable understanding and enjoy reading. remember that the kjv is much like reading shakespeare.

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So only English translations? Modern translations in French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Portugese, etc are okay?
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i agree. i just used english, as the question was in english. unless you are reading the original ancient texts, and your first language IS that ancient text, you are relying on a translation.
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Most Bibles carry the same message, just using similar but easier words. A few that vary too much are the Jewish (leave out the New Testament entirely), Book of Mormon (rewritten in Joseph Smiths imaginings and renamed), and the Catholic Bible (include all the false, mostly catholic written, appocryphal books).
The King James isnt even the earliest or oldest Englsh translation. There were three or four earlier ones.
All the modern Christian translations carry exactly the same intent and meaning, just in easier to understand language.

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The TEXTUS RECEPTUS, original Greek text from which the Authorized King James Bible was translated, has been the target of textual critics since 1611. Yet copies of it substantially exist today without error. This is the Bible you can trust. All this talk about older and more dependable manuscripts, like the theory of evolution, hangs upon an UNPROVEN HYPOTHESIS.

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