I recommend the KJV because
Sometimes when people ask about Bible versions and translations the average Christian and non Christian alike think the same thing. There are too many translations. But understand this, that a translation is something that is done from one language to another. A version is when you take an existing translation and modify it one way or the other to make a new version.
Take computer software. In Windows there are many versions but only one Windows operating system as a whole. Usually the newer version is supposed to be more reliable (I would rather XP) but in any case new versions mean things were changed around. Some stuff added, old features either upgraded or removed. In some things even words were replaced with different words. Is this the same with God's Word? Well most people would like to think so but I ask you to do a quick test. If you think that there is no difference between the KJV and the other 'modern' translations then please answer the couple of questions using either a NIV, ESV, NASB or ASV Bible.
Look up the passage: 2 Samuel 21:19. In this passage we will see that Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite slew someone in battle. Who was that person?
Now please look at the passage 1 Samuel 21:8-9, whose sword did David have?
Did you notice anything wrong between the two passages? If you read these two passages in the KJV you may have seen that in 2 Samuel Elhanan slew the brother of Goliath, and in 1 Samuel David had the sword of Goliath who he slew. But hey perhaps you decided to jump the gun and read al of this and did not look the passages up, or you don't own any Bible so I will display the verses for you."And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.” 2 Samuel 21:19 KJV
"In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver's rod. 2 Samuel 21:19 NIV
And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, "struck down Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam." 2 Samuel 21:19 ESV
"There was war with the Philistines again at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver's beam." 2 Samuel 21:19 NASB
And then in 1 Samuel. So this could be confusing and God is not the author of confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
"And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste. And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me. " 1 Samuel 21:8-9 KJV
So we can also see as well that Goliath had a sword, and his brother carried a spear and that it is not the same person as the other "altered" texts would have you believe. And for those who say, well in the passages the one Goliath is a Philistine and the other is a Gittite, ok I see where that is two different words but look up the term Gittite and you will see that:
Gittite: A native of the Philistine city of Gath (One and the same as a Philistine.
Do you need another text to look up? Ok here we go, turn with me to Mark 1:2 and I will go ahead and explain what happens. The NIV, ESV, NASB and ASV all state that:
"It is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way" Mark 1:2 NIV
"As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way," Mark 1:2 ESV
"As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY;" Mark 1:2 NASB
"Even as it is written in Isaiah the prophet, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, Who shall prepare thy way." Mark 1:2 ASV
Note the "WRITTEN IN ISAIAH the PROPHET" well funny thing is, the KJV not only reads different, the passage is being quoted out of Malachi 3:1 lets look at the evidence."As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.” Mark 1:2 KJV
"Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. " Malachi 3:1 KJV
Now when it says the prophets in the KJV it does so for a reason. Mark 1:3 states this, which does come from Isaiah but both Mark 1:2,3 do not both come from Isaiah. So as far as the modern versions being more reliable, that is not the correct term as giving the incorrect information is not of God.
"The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Mark 1:3 KJV
"The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." Isaiah 40:3 KJV
So with two examples we have shown where the modern versions are wrong and incorrect. Let’s look at a third example and a very important example where the NIV, ESV, NASB and ASV say that Jesus gives us redemption but leaves out a big detail on HOW He redeems us.
"in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:14 NIV
"in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:14 ESV
"in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:14 NASB
"in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins:" Colossians 1:14 ASV
"In whom we have redemption through his blood
even the forgiveness of sins:" Colossians 1:14 KJV
See something missing here?
How about who God created all things by?
"and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things." Ephesians 3:9 NIV
"and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things," Ephesians 3:9 ESV
"and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things;" Ephesians 3:9 NASB
"and to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which for ages hath been hid in God who created all things;" Ephesians 3:9 ASV
"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ
: " Ephesians 3:9 KJV
Need a second verse to support this:
"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: " Colossians 1:16 KJV
So asking this: If for more clearer and correct text wouldn't the KJV be better because it explains passages in more detail and with more clarity and no confusion?
Finally we come to the main purpose of these corrupt bibles and that is 1 John 5:7 which removes the greatest most informative reference to the trinity. Check your bible if you own a NIV, NLT, ESV, NASB, ISV, God's Word Bible, ASV or ERV and see what 1 John 5:7 say. (RED BOLD = VERSE 7, BLACK VERSE
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one." 1 John 5:7-8 KJV
"For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement" 1 John 5:7-8 NIV
"So we have these three witnesses the Spirit, the water, and the blood and all three agree." 1 John 5:7-8 NLT
"For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree." 1 John 5:7-8 ESV
"For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement." 1 John 5:7-8 NASB
"And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three who bear witness, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and the three agree in one" 1 John 5:7-8 ASV
So did you notice that an entire verse was removed and that the others verses attempt to split verse 8 to make verses7 and 8? Deception is seriously not of God.
For further reading of how the perversion of the Bible came to be and understand that has corrupted most Bibles but God has kept the KJV intact see my other writings in this forum. Or by <<<CLICKING HERE>>>
You may also see this tract available from Chick Publications on the attempt to destroy the King James Bible
Brothers and Sisters there has been an attack on God's word and that is the same trick Satan has been using for thousands of years. Once the belief in God's word has been shaken, then one's faith goes as well. By changing the texts of scriptures the final result has been in a lack of memorizing scripture because most of it is written in different ways in different bibles. If you don't meditate on God's words then your faith will be tested and tried and found wanting.
"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; " John 8:31 KJV
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”Romans 10:17 KJV
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6 KJV
"But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Psalms 1:2 KJV
Jesus said to continue in His word. Would the words of Christ contradict themselves like the false bibles do? How can we hear the true words of God if they are mixed with lies and confusion? By reading these false bibles we are damaging our faith by receiving false material and without faith we can't please him. Remember this friend, and ask the Lord to show you the answers that ye seek. Remember don't just read a bible because a pastor tells you it is the latest and greatest thing, there are many versions but only ONE WORD OF GOD. If it contains contradictions and errors then it IS NOT OF THE LORD.