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9 Reasons the King James Bible is Superior to All Others

April 16, 2021

* Why read the Bible in the King James Version?
* The Superiority of the King James Bible
* Why use the King James Bible?

By: Chad Lee, June 30, 2013

Introduction

“Why all the fuss about a particular Bible translation?” you might ask. Some might suppose it is a little on the fringe … a little too “dogmatic” and “narrow-minded” to believe there is only one Book that God has blessed. Reason with me, dear friend … How do you know what is true and what is not? Truth rises and falls on what the Bible says. How do you know about the virgin birth of the Saviour? Were you there to witness it? No. You were taught it from a book. How do you know that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of the world and is the only way to heaven? Were you there to hear Him teach? Were you there to witness His ministry? Probably not, right? You know these truths because of what a book teaches.

The reason a “fuss” is made about translations of the Bible is because what the Bible says shapes what we believe (or should anyways). If Satan is smart (and I think he is … Matthew 10:16), he will attack God’s book to attempt to control what people believe to be truth (Genesis 3:1). Why? Because what we believe shapes our lives (Proverbs 23:7; II Corinthians 4:13)! I assert that the most important doctrine of the Church is her doctrine of the Scriptures. That is the basis of belief! To the degree that is important, to that degree we will continue to preach, teach, believe, live by, and unapologetically affirm our faith in the very words of God preserved for us in the Authorized King James Bible. It is superior to all others, being the Book that God has blessed. God, in times past, gave his words by inspiration (II Timothy 3:16) and then providentially preserved (Psalm 12:6-7; Luke 21:33) them from the day of their original writings until our day. Dear friend, you can find those very words in the Authorized 1611 King James Bible. None of the English translations since 1611 even compare. They are tainted. They have been tampered with. They are a product of the corruption the Apostle warned us about (II Corinthians 2:17). Time will not allow to go into the depths of this subject. A brief explanation of why the KJB is superior to all others should suffice to warrant the sincere believer reason to dig deeper. If you speak English, you should read, believe, live by, teach, preach, love, and cherish God’s preserved words in the English language, the Authorized 1611 King James Bible. Here are a few reasons why.

1. The KJB has been the Bible of the believing Church since New Testament times.

“But the KJB wasn’t written until 1611!” you say. Ah! Herein lies the crux of the issue. The TEXT of the King James Bible IS the text of the early church, friend. If one traces the history of the texts that God’s people believed and cherished, you will find those Hebrew and Greek Scriptures run right up into the AV of 1611. Over 5,000 Greek witnesses to the New Testament have survived, showing God’s providential preservation just as He promised (Psalm 12:6-7). All other English Bibles since 1611 are not based on the same texts (maybe with the exception of the NKJV). History shows us that there are essentially two Bibles, brethren. One based on the vast amount of evidence received from the believing churches and one from a few spurious manuscripts that were corrupted by heretics from Alexandria, Egypt …  a man named Origen, being chief of their number. These are the basis for new versions of the Bible. This is why there are so many differences between the Authorized KJB and all the others. Have you ever noticed the differences? They are staggering. Perhaps you should do a comparison sometime. What did God really say, anyway? Why all the confusion? Genesis 3:1. These spurious manuscripts that “scholars” used to correct your KJB with (mainly two) are named “Vaticanus” and “Siniaticus”. One was found in the Vatican. The other found in the garbage can of a monastery in the Sinai desert. These manuscripts included the Apocrypha in the text of Scripture, as well as numerous deletions where heretics didn’t agree with God and desired to bring the text in line with their beliefs. These are the “oldest and best manuscripts” as promoted by “scholars” today. Their reasoning and philosophy behind the switch is not the subject of this short essay. There are plenty of good books that go into the thick and thin of it. Suffice it to say though, the philosophy is ungodly, biased, and Satanic. The believing church rejected these false documents, as evidenced by greater than 95% of the evidence. Vaticanus and Siniaticus would be the basis for all Catholic Bibles, the NASV, NIV, TAB, RSV, ASV, TLB, NLT, TMB, NWT etc, etc. The TEXT of the King James Bible IS the text of the original Greek and the original Hebrew because God preserved through copies what He gave by inspiration (Psalm 12:6-7; Luke 21:33).

2. The KJB faithfully translates the original languages into English.

The KJB has been dealt many hits from the opposition since its translation in 1611. What is amazing to this writer is the attacks about it “not being an accurate translation” come from the assumption that the new versions, based on Vaticanus and Siniaticus, are better. This is dealing with apples and oranges, friend. There are two different Bibles, with two separate lineages … with two different authors. There is no reason to believe that what we have, translated into English in the AV 1611 KJB, is not absolutely faithful to the original languages. Apart from the mechanics of the actual translation of Greek and Hebrew into English, one outstanding, but yet simple example of this would be its use of the second person distinction which modern English versions do not have. Those thees, thous, thines, ye, and yous need to be there to make the distinction between second person singular and plural. For example, Jesus said in John 3:7 –“Marvel not that I said unto THEE (Nicodemus), YE (all of you) must be born again.” Luke 22:31-32 is another example. Also, the “-eth” on word endings in the AV 1611 are there for a reason. It is not just “archaic language” that needs to be updated. The “eth” implies continual action. So, when a Greek word is conveying this present continual action, the “eth” is employed to communicate this faithfully in English. This is important to express the “meaning of the writer” in passages like I John 3:6, else you run into the doctrinal mess that the NKJV teaches there. How might passages like Matthew 7:7-8, Mark 10:11-12, and John 3:16 be taken now with this in mind? The KJB is superior because it renders faithfully in English what God wanted us to know. Our confidence here doesn’t lie in the “ability of the translators” or in the “word of King James,” but in the power and ability of God (Psalm 12:6-7; Luke 21:33).

3. The KJB was put into the language of the world, English, for these last days.

Consider this, dear friend … when the Bible was translated into English in 1611, who but God knew that one day English would become the world language? God is pretty smart, isn’t He? This fact alone makes it superior even to Greek and Hebrew. What percentage of the world speaks Koiné Greek and Hebrew? Let’s be extremely generous and say 5%. How many people do you think those “Greek” and “Hebrew” texts could reach compared to God’s words in English? Actually, if “the originals” were found today, only a minute fraction of the world could even read them. Reason with me, now … I’m not preaching to you the superiority of the English language … I’m preaching to you the fact that God picked English before it ever was universal and put his words into English in the AV 1611 so that before Jesus comes again in these last days, a majority of the world could have the Bible in English, if nothing else! Why all the fuss about “the originals” when the vast majority couldn’t even read them if they did exist. And get this … you can buy a KJB at a dollar store for about five bucks. Now, how is that for being superior? And even more, the English that most of the world is taught to understand is British English, not the American English of the newer English versions. Selah. This all said, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t translate the KJB into other languages. That is important. However, the fact that we can take a KJB alone and win the majority of the world is a powerful testimony to its superiority. If you trace God’s history of his dealings with His words, you’ll see that after the whole counsel of God was put together (Old and New Testaments), He put it into the languages of the common man … first Koiné Greek, then Latin, now English.

4. The KJB has no copyright.

The original 1611 KJB had a “crown copyright” to pay for the printing, and then it was removed so the Scripture could be freely duplicated and distributed … and distributed it was! The KJB has been copied over and over and over and put into hundreds of other languages without asking anyone’s permission or even anyone getting money for it. Think of that now, brethren. That is the least we can say for the NIV, NASV, TEV, TAB, TLB, NLT, NKJV, RSV etc. I can print a KJB now without anyone’s permission and without lining anyone’s pockets. Not so for all modern Bible versions. When you buy a modern Bible, someone owns that “Bible” and is making money off of the purchase. Can you copy them freely? Not without securing permission up to a set amount of words or breaking the law, you can’t. Now, because the KJB has no copyright, some American book companies took the text of our Bible and “Americanized” some of the spellings of the words in order to put a copyright on it. So, if your KJB has a copyright, that may be one reason why, depending on the American company. Other companies have copyrighted the maps, concordances, and references. This is all about making money, friend. (See I Timothy 6:10). The Bible industry is a multimillion dollar industry, in case you didn’t know. These updates in spelling haven’t changed the meaning of the text per se. It is just the fact of the matter, however, that makes the concerned Bible-believer choose a Cambridge printing or such like, which preserves the British spelling of words. The bottom line is they should keep their hands off our Bible! The church has not authorized them to mess with it. So, all said, the text of the 1611 KJB has no copyright and can be freely copied and distributed. This makes it superior to all other English translations and testifies to the awesome God who owns it!

5. The KJB translators were intelligent and honest men who believed they were handling God’s preserved words.

Before the KJB was put together, there was a call from the church to make “a principal good translation” for the English peoples. Ministers from all around the Commonwealth approached the King of England for His blessing upon what God was stirring in the heart of the people. 54 scholars of the highest quality and education, not to mention men of character and integrity, were selected to put together this Authorized Version. Unlike modern “scholars,” none of the KJB translators were paid for their work. The work of translating was not done in secret, but as portions of the Scripture were translated, they were posted in public viewing for all to see and review. The KJB scholars were divided into 6 groups, each assigned to a particular portion of Scripture to translate, each group reviewing the other’s work. By the time the process was complete, each verse would have been reviewed 14 times by 50 or more people. That these men were honest and godly is an understatement. Their use of italicized words in the Bible text are a small demonstration of this fact. That they believed they were handling the words of God can be seen in their introduction and dedicatory to the Bible, as well as the reputation that preceded them. Others have went to great lengths documenting the intelligence of these men, so suffice it to say that these men were of the highest caliber, spiritually and in intelligence. Contrast this with many of the modern version editors and scholars. It is a fact that many didn’t believe in the deity of Christ, salvation by grace through faith, a literal creation, the inerrancy of the Scriptures, the virgin birth, the miracles of Christ, the second coming of Christ, the Resurrection etc. Some were professing agnostics, Romanists, spiritualists, evolutionists, sodomites, and universalists. Does this sound like a bunch God would bless handling his words? Not likely. Certainly not all new version editors fall under such categories, but like the old saying goes, “birds of a feather flock together.” The KJB is superior because the men who handled it were men of God, men of honesty and integrity, men of brilliance, and though certainly not perfect, were Christians who believed they were dealing with the preserved words of God.

6. The KJB exalts Jesus Christ and doesn’t detract from Him at any point.

John 5:39 states, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” So there you have it. The Bible says that the scriptures testify of Jesus Christ. We can expect the book that God has blessed – that God has preserved for these last days – will exalt Christ Jesus in every point and not detract from Him in any way. A simple comparison and contrast chart of the KJB with all new versions based on the Roman Catholic texts will show which Bible exalts Christ and which detracts from him. Why would any Bible-believer want to trust a book that attacks the Lord Jesus’ deity in John 1:18? … is He the begotten SON or the begotten GOD, as the New World Translation (NWT) of the Jehovah’s Witnesses (and Origen) teach. Oh, but you say, “I don’t read the NWT.” You certainly do, if you read the N.A.S.V. et al. Check it out. If you think that modern versions don’t detract from the deity of Christ, what do you make of John 3:13? Where was Jesus when He was teaching John 3 anyway? Whose blood was shed in Acts 20:28? Talk about an attack on the deity of Christ in the name of “better and more accurate translations of the Bible” … What do you make of Jesus being “the” Alpha and Omega in Revelation 1:11? Is He, or isn’t He? Now, any sincere student of the scriptures must come to grips with a very serious and glaring fact … not all Bibles are created equal. Was Jesus born of a virgin or not in Isaiah 7:14 and Luke 1:34? Who was Jesus’ father anyway in Luke 2:33? I guess it depends on which Bible you read. That is not all. If the blood of the perfect Son of God that He shed at Calvary is the only way of salvation, then what happened to it in Colossians 1:14, Ephesians 1:7, and Revelation 1:5 in various and sundry translations? What happened to our Lord’s resurrection in Luke 24:51-52? Is His resurrection infallible or just “convincing” in Acts 1:3? The “oldest and best” manuscripts that the “poor, unfortunate” translators of the KJB “didn’t have access to” completely deletes the great commission, the apostolic signs, and his resurrection in Mark 16:9-20. Jesus is made a liar in John 7:8 and a sinner in Matthew 5:22. To top off this whole satanic attack on the Lord Jesus, his kingdom, power, and glory to come is apparently come and gone in Matthew 6:13. These examples are but a drop in the bucket of the numerous changes, deletions, “corrections,” and additions made to God’s holy words. Any “bible” that would make such an attack on the Saviour is not the “scriptures … which testify of me.” The KJB is superior because over and over again it exalts Christ where the other versions do not.

7. The KJB has born the fruit of being the book blessed by God.

Matthew 7:20 says, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Millions have been led to Christ with the KJB alone … in spite of its rivals. The text of the KJB is the spawn of the great revivals in history. Which revival has the NIV caused? The NASV? The RV? The RSV? Which revival did any Catholic bible cause? The KJB is the Bible of the early church and the great men of God through the centuries from the Anabaptists, to Martin Luther, to John Calvin, John Wesley, George Whitfield, Billy Sunday, C.H. Spurgeon to name a few. The KJB is THE BIBLE of the greatest missionary movements the world has ever seen (and don’t think that there weren’t other options to be used). If we want to bear fruit, we need to believe, preach, teach, and use God’s Book … the King James 1611 AV. If we want to be effective, incorporate God’s Book. The fruit of the AV speaks for itself! One has said somewhere that we have “new bibles for a new age.” Personally, they can keep their “new bibles” and their “new age.” I’ll stick with the old stuff. The KJB is superior to all others, because it is the Bible of fruit-bearing.

8. The KJB was written at a time in which its language was not marred by the political and social biases of Laodicean Christianity.

That we live in Laodicea is apparent by two things: 1. The compromise of the church at large, and, 2. By its rejection of the “hard language” and “intolerant teachings” of the Bible. (See Revelation 3:14-22). One of the things that makes the KJB superior is it was translated at a time when the feminist movement, the gay agenda, PETA, the tree hugger movement, and all such like agendas did not have a sway on the culture of that time. Yes, there have always been sodomites, feminists, and animal worshippers. However, our day is characterized by a tremendous cultural influence from these groups and groups like them. This is why “sodomite” is removed from most modern versions. Just recently we have a “Queen James Bible” to reflect the growing perverted influence in our culture. This is why God is a “he/she” in some politically correct versions. The language of the KJB is offensive to many because it calls sin what it is. It calls sexual relations among the unmarried “fornication” instead of the more relative term “immorality” … the list goes on and on, friend. Bible-believers prefer a Philadelphian Bible, not a Laodicean Bible. Laodicea is a time of compromise, luke-warmness, political correctness, doctrinal error, and deception. It is the church where the Lord is pictured on the outside “knocking” to get in. Do we want a Bible influenced by Laodicea and its values or one that is translated as the pure words of God? The KJB is superior because it was not marred by the social and political biases of the day.

9. The KJB is perfect in every way, with no proven error.

Tell me, Bible-believer, does the Bible have errors in it? If the “law of the Lord is perfect” (Psalm 19:7); if God’s “way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30); if “heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Luke 21:33); if “all scripture is given by inspiration of God” (II Timothy 3:16); if “forever” God’s “word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89); if the “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35), then where do you suppose it is? Is it here on planet earth? According to the Bible it must be here somewhere. You might say, “The originals! The original writings! They are the perfect inspired words of God,” Sure they are. Unless you are a liberal, you believe that. The problem: where are the originals? … they don’t exist. So, my question. Where is the perfect word of God? Where most jump off the wagon is right here. Here lies the issue: Is the God that inspired His perfect words in “the originals” big enough, strong enough, powerful enough, and awesome enough to PRESERVE (Psalm 12:6-7) His perfects words? Or did He lose them? If God promised to “preserve” his words, then that means that copies can be “perfect” (Psalm 19:7) and “given by inspiration” (II Timothy 3:16) … if indeed they are Scripture. For example … Jesus called the scroll of Isaiah He read from in Luke 4 “scripture.” Do you suppose He had the original? What about Phillip when he went up to meet the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8) as he was reading the “scripture” in Isaiah that spoke of Jesus? Did he have Isaiah’s original writing or a just a mere copy? If it was a less than perfect copy, then why was it called “scripture”? “Scripture” is given by inspiration, right? (II Timothy 3:16). What Old Testament “scripture” did Timothy learn in II Timothy 3:15? Did he have the original Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy etc, etc? The point is, copies are called Scripture in the Bible, because God preserved His words and has continued to do so, just as He has promised, through each generation. Yes, a translation can be perfect when God is in it. The KJB is an exact translation of the originals. How do I know that? My faith lies in the promise of God to preserve his inspired words perfectly. The historical and textual evidence attests to this fact as well. The KJB has suffered many an accusation and attack over the years. There are many supposed errors … most of them are nothing that a simple Bible study can’t clear up. There are no proven errors. None. Feel free to send me one. But before you do, “study to shew thyself approved unto God” (II Timothy 2:15) that you appear not ignorant and unlearned. The reason the KJB is superior to all others is because it is the inerrant Scripture preserved for us today into the language of the modern world AND that fact alone is enough for all to believe it, practice it, preach it, live by, love it, cherish it, and die by it.

Conclusion

The word of God is a treasure, friend. It is God’s gift to this world. It is His will and heart opened for us to see. It tells us of the past, the present, and the future. It reveals the Messiah, Jesus Christ from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. Thank God that He went to such great care to give us His perfect word. We can rest our lives upon it. We can build our homes upon it. Within the pages of God’s book is the power to change lives, heal hearts, and deliver the captives. It gives hope, encouragement, faith, strength, and comfort. Every jot and tittle is important. It is true from cover to cover. Every word is there for a reason. May we never take for granted the precious words of God that we have in the 1611 Authorized King James Bible. It is the very words of God, inspired and preserved for us.

“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”
Luke 21:33

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