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The proper Bible is so important for building your faith with God. Unfortunately, Satan has achieved a victory in making this decision a very confusing one. Which Bible should you purchase? There are really only two Bibles to choose from:

  1. the King James Bible
  2. all other versions.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 KJV

You may have experienced this when going to a Christian bookstore to purchase a Bible. There are SO many to choose from. Oh my, why is this the case (review the history of the King James Bible)? Allow us to address the reason for the modern bible movement.

In the preface to the King James Bible, we learn of the history of the effort to get the word of God published so every person would have access to the Holy Scriptures. This contrasted with the Roman Church who was suppressing the exposure of scripture to keep it in control of the Pope and his clergymen.

The King James translation was based on the Greek manuscript known as the Textus Receptus and this was the standard text until Brooke Foss Westcott (1825–1901) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (Westcott & Hort) published a paper in 1881 entitled “The New Testament in the Original Greek“. This was a revision of the Greek text which differed from the Greek found in the Textus Receptus. Therefore any Bibles that are based on the Westcott & Hort have incorporated these changes.

Here is a study aid created by J.J. Ray, Missionary who compared 200 key references to show how all modern Bibles differ from the King James Version, and the Greek Textus Receptus from which it was translated.

This issue is so important, we felt it was a foundational issue for building proper faith.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17 KJV

For more information, please review the “Bible Inspiration and Preservation” study in the Library. It goes into detail on the King James only Bible research and would be a helpful resource when deciding which Bible to use.