The original King James Version of the Bible was commissioned by King James I back in 1605. The language and style of the writing reflects the English language back in the 17th Century. However, language changed over time, so certain words in the KJV are no longer part of our vocabulary.
What Sets It Apart:
The New King James Version (NKJV) became a Bible translation that used modern words while keeping the style and purity of the original version. It continues to remain faithful to the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts while also using the new research in archaeology, linguistics, and religious text studies.
The change of language over time made it difficult for readers of the KJV to understand the concepts being put forth. Therefore, Thomas Nelson Publishers commissioned a new King James Version to be written in 1975.