Answer: “Personally, I think there are some dangers. Some of the new English versions are translated with a very strong bias. A friend of mine told me his wife was looking at one of these “New Age” versions of the Bible. She wasn’t very happy with it so she wanted to go back to the “old age” version! I prefer versions that stay very close to the Textus Receptus.
My favorite version is the King James Version just for its sheer, beauty, and poetry. No literary work has had more influence on the English Language as we know it than the King James Version of the Bible. The second would be Pilgrim’s Progress. From my personal study, there are three manuscripts from which all translations come, unless it is a paraphrase, which is not a translation. Textus Receptus, the Vaticanus (a manuscript found in the Vatican) and the Sinaiticus (another manuscript found in a monastery outside of Mt. Sinai.)
There have been disputes over the last two manuscripts because there are little additions and deletions in them. For example, the story in John where the woman who was caught in adultery was brought to Jesus and He answered and said, “He who is without sin cast the first stone,” is not in the Vaticanus or the Sinaiticus manuscripts.
Let me explain the phenomenon. The King James Version of the Bible is public domain. So, in order for publishers to make money by selling the Bible, they are required to say something different than existing versions in order to copyright, market, and own it. For instance, you can be sued for copying and quoting the New International Version without permission, because the publishers own that version. They have a monetary motivation to come up with something different, but how many ways can you say the same thing in English? I personally don’t like the NIV very much. Paraphrases can be dangerous, too. The Living Bible for instance, isn’t really a translation, it’s a paraphrase – it’s dangerous when you start calling the mark of the beast a tattoo.
The Lord can work through any version, and some are good for comparison. But when we start reading different versions of Scripture in church in church it starts to sound like Babylon. So, in my favorite versions for accuracy and symmetry are the King James and the New King James.”
By Doug Batchelor, Director and Speaker of Amazing Facts.