If you’ve ever been confused about all the translations, versions and Paraphrasing Tool Online of the Bible, this note is intended to help you understand better what the differences are.
Many people claim and believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the only “perfect” English Bible. This belief is based upon incorrect understanding of language, communication, translation from one language to another, and an incorrect belief that a certain collection of Greek manuscripts of the New Testament (from which the KJV – King James Version – was translated) is the only true and reliable Greek NT. Unfortunately, these misconceptions are misconceptions.
I grew up on the KJV, and most of the Scripture I quote from memory are from the KJV. It is a beautiful translation. But, it was originally completed in 1611… 403 years ago! Language changes radically century by century. Even the KJV-only crowd does not read from the 1611 text.. the language is too archaic. Most of them read from the 1769 update, or an even later update.
Paraphrasing Tool Online: One of the best revisions of the KJV was the Revised Standard Version published in 1952 by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Almost immediately it was attacked by Fundamentalist and Conservative Christians to such an extent that the translation never was mainstreamed in the Protestant churches in the USA. It is, however, one of my favorite translations.