King James Bible Harder to Understand?

Have you Believed the Lie that the Bible needs to be “revised” or “updated” in order for us to understand it in today’s modern language?

King James Bible Harder to Understand?

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”  (2 Timothy 3:2-5)

 

 

Most of us have seen the advertisements in Christian Book Stores, on Television and billboards and we’ve heard the radio ads concerning different bible versions that are supposed to be “easier to read” than the King James Version.   I recently visited a book store that had a paper that claimed the King James bible was written on a 12.7 grade level and that the NIV was on an 8th Grade level.  The sources cited were “independent studies”.

Do you realize WHO wrote those ads? Let me give you a little hint, if I may: It was NOT English majors, but Advertising majors.

In other words, it was not anyone who really KNOWS about the subject, they just know how to get your attention and to make you think you’re getting a really good thing

(Have you ever listened to automobile ads? You know the ones, “IT’S OUR GREATEST SALE EVER”…”YOU’LL NEVER SEE PRICES THIS LOW AGAIN”) Hehe…it’s a little amusing that people still fall for them.

In any case, though, this is exactly the type of thinking that most of the “new version” ads attempt to force upon you.

For you that perhaps are authors, poets, technical writers, educators, etc., you have no doubt heard of the Flescher-Kincaid Company’s ‘Grade Level Indicator’. They are not biased and it matters very little to them the CONTENT of any book. They assign a Readability scale to books in order to determine the ease with which one might read and understand a particular book.

The Flescher-Kincaid rating is the National Standard for readability.  Any other “studies” are sure to be biased in favor of the book that is being promoted.  Do the research yourself, and you’ll quickly realize this.

The results are BLACK AND WHITE. There is no room to question, they are entirely fair and unbiased and they are recognized worldwide as definitive. The KJV ranks easier in 23 out of 26 comparisons.

The Flescher-Kincaid Company has developed a formula that they apply to books in order to ascertain the readability grade scale.

(Their formula is: ( .39 x average number of words per sentence) + (11.8 x average number of syllables per word) – (15.59) = grade level.

The first chapter of the first and last books of both the Old and New Testaments were compared. (All complete sentences, whether terminating in a period, colon, or semi-colon, and all incomplete phrases ending in a period, were calculated as ‘sentences’.)

In this manner, they are able to take any book, regardless of content and determine a “grade level readability factor”.  In other words they find at which grade level a person can reasonably read and comprehend the content of that book.  It matters little to them whether the book is religious, scientific, fiction, or even whether it is a comic book.  What does matter is HOW EASY THE BOOK IS TO READ.

Comparison

Compared Version
KJV
Grade Level
NIV
Grade Level
NASB
Grade Level
Today’s English Version
Grade Level
New KJV
Grade Level
Genesis 1
4.4
5.1
4.7
5.1
5.2
Malachi 1
4.6
4.8
5.1
5.4
4.6
Matthew 1
6.7
16.4
6.8
11.8
10.3
Revelation 1
7.5
7.1
7.7
6.4
7.7
Grade Level Average
5.8
8.4
6.1
7.2
6.9

To extend the inquiry, one each of the three book-types (Gospel, Pauline epistle, General epistle) were surveyed. The resulting data confirms the readability of the KJV as seen in the next chart.

Comparison 2

Compared
KJV Grade Level
NIV Grade Level
NASB Grade Level
Today’s English Version Grade Level
New KJV Grade Level
John 1:1-21
3.6
3.6
4.2
5.9
3.9
Galatians 1:1-21
8.6
9.8
10.4
6.7
8.9
James 1:1-21
5.7
6.5
7.0
6.0
6.4
Grade Level Average
6.0
6.6
7.2
6.2
6.4

 

Once again, the King James Version prevails in readability. Why? The KJV uses one or two syllable words while new versions substitute complex multi-syllable words and phrases. Their “heady, high-minded” vocabulary hides the simplicity of hope of salvation from saints and sinners alike.

Look at these examples:

“Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:…” (2 Corinthians 3:12)

The NASB substitutes “lividness of speech” here and carries this confusing and condescending vocabulary from cover to cover.

Children and church members need to change to the KJV for real “clarity.”

An extensive list is not given, but enough IS given to get the picture. Unfortunately, it is not often that Christians of today are encouraged to READ, to THINK or to REASON for themselves.

Most people, when questioned as to WHY they believe a particular thing will proclaim “BECAUSE MY PASTOR TEACHES IT THAT WAY” (or someone else they trust). The Cold FACT of the whole matter is that very few ever read and study the word for themselves!

Below are 100+ examples of this thinking: Since I’ve already covered the NIV in detail, let me cover yet another popular version,  briefly :

King James Version vs. NASB

Passage Compared
NASB’s word(s) (easier?)
KING JAMES VERSION
Matthew 1:12, 1:17
deportation
carried away
Matthew 1:20
considered
thought
Matthew 2:1, 2:7
magi
wise men
Matthew 2:16
environs
coasts
Matthew 3:12, Luke 3:17
winnowing fork
fan
Matthew 5:15
peck-measure
bushel
Matthew 5:19
annuls
break
Matthew 5:21
murder
kill
Matthew 8:1, Luke 5:29
recline at the table
sat
Matthew 8:32
begone
go
Matthew 9:13, 12:7
compassion
mercy
Matthew 9:17
wineskins
bottles
Matthew 9:18
synagogue official
certain ruler
Matthew 9:20
hemorrhage
issue of blood
Matthew 9:20, 14:36
fringe
hem
Matthew 9:38, Luke 10:2
beseech
pray
Matthew 10:1
summoned
called
Matthew 10:10
tunics
coats
Matthew 10:16
shrewd
wise
Matthew 11:26, Luke 10:21
well pleasing
good
Mark 2:16
unshrunk
new
Mark 14:3
vial
box
Mark 14:3, 14:18
reclining
sat
Mark 15:18
acclaim
salute
Luke 1:22
mute
speechless
Luke 3:5
ravine
valley
Luke 6:17
descended
came down
Luke 5:5
bidding
word
Luke 6:22
ostracize
separate you from their company
Luke 6:48
torrent burst
stream beat
Luke 6:49
collapsed
fell
Luke 7:2
highly regarded
dear
Luke 7:32
sang a dirge
have mourned
Luke 8:15
perserverance
patience
Luke 8:31
the abyss
the deep
Luke 8:33
rushed
ran
Luke 9:39
seizes
taketh
Luke 9:42
dashed him to the ground
threw him
Luke 9:45
concealed
hid
Luke 10:2
plentiful
great
Luke 10:20
recorded
written
Luke 11:21
undisturbed
in peace
Luke 11:28
observe it
keep it
Luke 23:45
being obscured *
darkened
* Being Obscured? I wonder why they changed this? Could it be that they were trying to tell us that this was not supernatural move of God, but maybe was an “eclipse” or come other “natural phenomenon”?
John 6:60
difficult
hard
John 7:6
opportune
ready
John 10:3
portico
porch
John 10:24
suspense
doubt
John 11:17
tomb
grave
John 11:57
seize
take
John 11:39
stench
stinketh
John 12:45
beholds
seeth
John 13:23
reclining
leaning
John 14:27
fearful
afraid
John 16:8
concerning
of
1 Thessalonians 2:17
having been bereft of you
being taken from you
1 Thessalonians 2:18
thwarted
hindered
1 Thessalonians 5:1
epochs
seasons
1 Thessalonians 5:14
admonish
warn
2 Thessalonians 2:3
apostasy
falling away
2 Thessalonians 2:3
lawlessness
sin
2 Thessalonians 3:2
perverse
unreasonable
2 Thessalonians 3:6
aloof
withdraw
1 Timothy 1:15
foremost of all
chief
1 Timothy 2:8
dissensions
doubting
1 Timothy 2:9
discreetly
sobriety
1 Timothy 3:2
prudent
sober
1 Timothy 3:2
respectable
of good behavior
1 Timothy 3:3
pugnacious
striker
1 Timothy 3:3
uncontentious
not a brawler
1 Timothy 3:8
sordid
filthy
1 Timothy 5:12
previous pledge *
first faith
* Previous Pledge? Faith is equated to being a “pledge”?
1 Timothy 6:3
advocates
teaches
1 Timothy 6:4
conceited
proud
1 Timothy 6:10
a pang
sorrows
2 Timothy 3:2
arrogant
proud
Titus 1:6
dissipation
riot
Titus 1:7
sordid
filthy
Titus 3:2
to malign no one
to speak evil of no man
Titus 3:2
uncontentious
to be no brawlers
Titus 3:10
factious
heretick
Philippians 2:1
consolation
comfort
Philippians 2:3
deficient
lack
Hebrews 2:17
propitiation
reconciliation
Hebrews 5:10
designated
called
Hebrews 7:2
apportioned
gave
Hebrews 12:1
encumbrance
weight
James 1:2
encounter
fall into
James 1:11
in the midst
in his ways
James 5:11
blessed
happy
1 Peter 4:4
dissipation
riot
1 John 5:7
CORRUPTED !!!
These Three ARE ONE
This is one scripture that most modern bible versions ALWAYS corrupt. Why don’t they like it? Go to our Bible Study on Modern Bible Versions to read more.
1 John 5:10
borne
gave
Revelation 1:3
heed
keep
Revelation 2:23
pestilence
death
Revelation 5:11
myriad of myriads (this is comical)
ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands
Revelation 6:8
ashen
pale
Revelation 6:8
famine
hunger
Revelation 7:15
spread his tabernacle over
dwell among
Revelation 11:11
who were beholding them
saw
Revelation 12:3, 13:1
diadems
crowns
Revelation 13:5
arrogant words
great things
Revelation 16:9
fierce
great
Revelation 16:21
severe
great
Revelation 17:18
abyss
bottomless pit
Revelation 18:11, 18:12
cargoes
merchandise
Revelation 21:8
cowardly
fearful
Revelation 22:7
heeds
keepeth

So which is more readable to you?

You must realize that an “interpretation” is NOT a “translation”.

READ the PREFACE to one of today’s leading modern versions and you’ll find that they had no intention of providing a correct interpretation but felt it was OK to change, eliminate, or rearrange entire passages of the Word, all in the name of “better readability”.  In their own words, they weren’t trying to translate, they were trying to “interpret” what the original writers must have been “feeling” as they wrote.

The test results by far show that the King James version IS MORE READABLE than any other version.

One more excuse for NOT reading it is now removed!

In summary look at this final comparison and decide … IS IT OK to DELETE portions of the Bible? If you say no, then you need to go back and rethink your reasons for adopting a “modern” version.

 

Version
Number of Words
Number of words in your vocabulary required to understand this version
Number of Total Verses
Comments
King James (AV)
790,685
12,784
31,102
Fewer Vocabulary Words Required to Understand
New International Version (NIV)
726,019
14,500
31,085
64,576 words deleted
New King James (NKJV)
770,930
13,309
31,102
19,755 words deleted
Revised Standard Version (RSV)
760,151
14,110
31,083
30,534 words deleted

 

This chart speaks volumes. In each instance, there are FEWER words, and Fewer verses in most cases, yet a LARGER Vocabulary is required to read and understand.

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