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Why Do Most People Like the King James Bible ?

The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible holds a special place in the hearts of many people, particularly in English-speaking Christian communities. There are several reasons why the KJV is highly regarded and appreciated by me and most bible reading people:

Historical Significance: The KJV was first published in 1611, making it one of the earliest English translations of the Bible. Its historical significance as an early English Bible translation has contributed to its enduring popularity. This is primarily because England and the U.S. dominated the world for the last 2 to 3 hundred years.

Literary Beauty: The KJV is celebrated for its poetic and eloquent language. Many people find the beauty of its prose, including its use of archaic and majestic language, to be captivating and spiritually inspiring. Its distinctive style has influenced English literature and culture for centuries. There are a lot of people who find it difficult to read, but literarily pleasing. It reminds them of the “Romeo, Romeo, where art thou, Romeo,” plays.

Traditions, Traditions, Traditions…

Religious Tradition: For some Christian denominations and churches, the KJV is considered the “authorized” or “official” version of the Bible. This designation has led to its continued use and reverence within these religious traditions. It’s like why Google is the authority search engine, the KJV become the authority Bible.

Familiarity and Tradition: Generations of English-speaking Christians have grown up with the KJV, and it has become deeply ingrained in their religious and cultural heritage. Familiarity with its wording and phrasing can make it a comforting and beloved choice for many. Many translations have corrupted ideas, so the KJV appears the most authentic because it is one of the oldest.

Reverence for Tradition: Some individuals and communities hold a strong reverence for tradition and may view the KJV as a connection to the long history of Christianity and the faith of their forebears. Only rebels like breaking tradition; traditionalist will more than likely appreciate and respect the KJV.

Personal Preferences and Denominations

Doctrinal Preference: In some cases, certain Christian denominations or individuals may prefer the KJV due to specific doctrinal interpretations or theological beliefs that align with its translation choices. Some doctrines do not agree with some of what King James authorized. These denominations have changed things around to fit their preference and beliefs. Thus many traditionalist remain loyal to the KJV.

It’s important to note that while the KJV has a dedicated following, there are many other Bible translations available today, each with its own strengths and characteristics. Different translations aim to balance faithfulness to the original Hebrew and Greek texts with clarity and readability in contemporary language.

Preferences for Bible translations can vary widely among individuals and denominations, and there is no single “holier than thou” Bible translation. Ultimately, the choice of which Bible translation to use is a personal one, guided by individual beliefs, preferences, and understanding.

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Also, if you’d like to read the Bible from front to back in it’s chronological order, meaning the order of how the events actually went, we recommend Dave Streve’s Through The Bible. It is a digital downloadable book where you can read the Bible from front to back in chronological order like a story, which makes for great comprehension of Biblical events and natural flow of the story.

Be strong and very courageous


Jonathan Mikal

BSM Contributor


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