Why do we use both the King James version of the Bible and the Common English version?


This is a good question and we’re glad we asked it. In our Daily Scripture posts we cite both the King James and Common English versions of the Bible. We do this for several reasons, first is to offer you a stricter translation of the Word. We do this by using the King James version.

King James Version
King James

In 1604 King James appointed 54 learned scholars in the making of this new translation from the original Greek and Hebrew into English. In 1611, this new english version was published and has since been referred to as the King James Version, or Authorized Version and also the King James Bible. The New King James version was published in 1982, and offers more accurate spellings and is easier to read.

James VI and I was King of Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the Scottish and English crowns on 24 March 1603 until his death in 1625

Common English Version

Second, we know the King James version can be difficult to read. We would suggest it is much better suited to those experienced in reading the Bible. There are many words and phrases in the Bible that given an understanding of what they meant in the time of Genesis in the Old Testament, later during the time Jesus walked the earth in the New Testament, and lastly what they translate to today is important. An experienced Bible reader will get much more out of reading the King James version. A less experienced Bible reader may be left dazed and confused.

We recognize that not everyone is ready for the King James version, so we also offer the much easier to read Common English version. It is however important to note that some context is lost in the Common English version, so it’a nice to have both available as we work our way thru the Bible. This version of the Bible was published in 2011, and is written at a 7th grade reading level. It’s growing in popularity.

Our hope is that you will take the time to read both versions of scripture each day along with the daily video from David Servant that discusses the scripture.



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