Why We Use KJV (King James Version)

Unless otherwise noted, the King James Version is used when quoting the Bible throughout this website.

People feel very strongly about their specific Bible version. We get that.  But we use the KJV, for one simple reason: it’s the only version of the Bible that is free of copyright restrictions, allowing us to quote scripture freely.  Perhaps one day there will be other public-domain options available to us. Until then, please bear with language you may occasionally find archaic or difficult.  Although the translation is now over 400 years old, sometimes, the King James version is exquisitely beautiful, unsurpassed by other versions:

  • To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to reap… [Eccl. 3:1]
  • Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over… [Psalm 23]
  • Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. [Eccl. 12:8]

It’s refreshing to review different versions of your favorite verses. Why not make use of  BibleGateway (search widget embedded on all our secondary pages)  today, and take a stroll through scripture?


Categories Bible Quotes & Commentary | Tags: | Posted on January 24, 2014

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