By Darrell Shortt
In verses like 1 John 5:7 it seems like the King James Version is different than other more contemporary versions. Is the King James really accurate?
It is very important to know the difference between various versions of the Holy Bible so that you can make a more knowledgeable choice as to which versions you should be reading and studying. The key to understanding this is the word translation. The KJV New Testament (or Authorized Version) is atranslation of the Greek Textus Receptus (meaning "received text"). The authors (translators) used their knowledge of the ancient Greek language to translate (or convert) the Bible into English literally — word for word. Not all translations of the Bible are literal. Some translations try to carry across the authors' meaning as opposed to the actual words used. This creates less accurate translations but they are often easier to read.