In this article we will help you to find the best Bible translation for your needs. In this comparison, we are writing about two very different Bible translations.

KJV stands for King James Version

NIV stands for New International Version

Bible Origin

KJV – King James I of England authorized that a new translation of the Bible in 1604 into English be started. It was finished in 1611, just 85 years after the first translation of the New Testament into English appeared (Tyndale, 1526). The King James Version, quickly became the standard for English-speakers. Its flowing language and prose rhythm has had a profound influence on the literature of the past 400 years. The King James Version present on the Bible Gateway matches the 1987 printing.

NIV – The New International Version is a totally unique interpretation of the Bible created by more than 100 researchers working from the best accessible Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek writings. The underlying vision for the venture was given by a solitary individual – an architect working with General Electric in Seattle by the name of Howard Long. Since a long time ago was a deep rooted fan of the King James Version, yet when he imparted it to his companions he was troubled to find that it simply didn’t associate. Since quite a while ago saw the requirement for an interpretation that caught the realities he adored in the language that his peers talked. In 1965, after several years of preparatory study, a trans-denominational and international group of scholars met in Palos Heights, Illinois, and agreed to begin work on the project – determining to not simply adapt an existing English version of the Bible but to start from scratch with the best available manuscripts in the original languages. Their conclusion was endorsed by a large number of church leaders who met in Chicago in 1966.

Bible Readability 

KJV – frequently considered very difficult to read. It is too hard to understand, been claimed that the King James Bible is too archaic. You can’t understand the Elizabethan language.

NIV – The translators tried to balance out between readability and Word for Word content. It is much easier to read than the KJV, however, it is not as poetic sounding. 

Bible translation differences

KJV – translation is known as the Authorized Version or the King James Bible, English translation of the Bible. The KJV offers beautiful poetic language and a more of a word-for-word approach.

NIV – translation are written on these main goals in mind to create an “accurate, beautiful, clear, and dignified translation suitable for public and private reading, teaching, preaching, memorizing, and liturgical use.” This is also known as Dynamic Equivalence. 

Bible verse comparison

KJV Bible

Genesis 1:21 “And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

John 17:25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.”

Ephesians 1:4 “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.”

Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

1 Timothy 4:13 “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”

2 Samuel 1:23 “Saul and Jonathan— in life they were loved and admired, and in death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.”

Ephesians 2:4 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.”

Romans 11:6 “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”

1 Corinthians 6:9 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.”

Galatians 1:6 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel.”

Romans 5:11 “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”

James 2:9 “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”

NIV Bible

Genesis 1:21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

John 17:25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.”

Ephesians 1:4 “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love.”

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

1 Timothy 4:13 “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.”

2 Samuel 1:23 “Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.”

Ephesians 2:4 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy.”

Romans 11:6 “And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”

1 Corinthians 6:9 “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.”

Galatians 1:6 “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel.”

Romans 5:11 “Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

James 2:9 “But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.”

Target audience

KJV Bible – the target audience is adults. 

NIV Bible – the target audience are children, young adults as well as adults for this translation.

Revisions of Bibles

KJV Bible – the original publication was in 1611. There were several revisions that followed after this release. There was couple that were better than others, but the 1611 publication remains the most popular. 

NIV Bible –the revisions include the New International Version UK, The New International Reader’s Version, and Today’s New International Version.

Popularity of Bibles

KJV Bible –  is still by far the most popular Bible translation in the world. According to the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University, 38% of Americans would choose a KJV Bible.

NIV Bible – this translation has more than 450 million copies in print. It is the first major translation to depart from the KJV Bible.

Other Bible translations 

The most accurate translations would be Word for Word translations. Some of these translations include ESV, NASB and the Amplified Version.

Which one should I choose?

At the end of the day, the best Bible translation is going to be your choice we all different we like different things which means you need to find what you like. Some prefer the KJV and some prefer the NIV. The personal favorite for Religioncheck is the NIV Bible . The Bible you choose needs to be carefully considered and prayed over!

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