Reasons Why I Love Using a KJV and NKJV Study Bible
by Joanne Troppello
I got saved at a young age and have been saved for 32 years. When I was a teenager, I had a New International Version (NIV) Bible since it was easier to understand. As I got older, I started using the New King James Version (NKJV) and I also use a King James Version (KJV).
I like how much more insight I get from reading both the NKJV and KJV Bibles. KJV Today shared information on how it can be helpful to read the King James Version, even though some people think it is irrelevant in today’s world. Some of the points this article shared shows the following:
The KJV doesn’t have any discernible errors.
The text of the KJV is more “doctrinally superior”.
Reading the KJV provides you with a literal translation.
Words added for meaning in the KJV are italicized.
Original Hebrew/Greek don’t use quotation marks and neither does the KJV.
Greek has complex sentences. They aren’t split in KJV like in modern versions.
“The KJV preserves lexicographical and syntactical Hebraisms.”
The NT in KJV adheres to word order as shown in the Greek structure.
According to KJV Today, “King James who authorized the KJV was a Bible-believing Christian king who unapologetically upheld the doctrines of biblical inerrancy, infallibility and sufficiency (sola scriptura).”
1. Deeper Insights
I’m a newbie when it comes to study Bibles. I never used one until last year. My husband has two study Bibles, the Hebrew Greek Key Word Study Bible (KJV) and the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (NKJV).
We’ve been married for 15 years and I never used them for my own devotional time. I was missing out on a lot of invaluable content and deeper insights to enhance my relationship with the Lord. Ever since using these study Bibles—including it being my first time reading the King James Version—I have learned so much more about God’s Word. The Bible has come to lifeto me in a way that it hadn’t before.
2. Helpful Commentary
With the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (NKJV) I’m using during my devotional time, I get deeper insights by reading helpful commentary on passages of scripture.
Commentary isn’t provided for every single verse. However, I have found that 80-90% of the passages I read include informative commentary at the bottom of the page.
The commentary dissects words or specific phrases and provides you with in-depth information on what they mean and how they apply to the verses. My eyes have truly been opened and it’s improved the way I read the Bible now.
You can truly expand your understanding of a passage of scripture by going even deeper than the helpful commentary and using the cross referencing. Verses are provided in the center column of the commentary section to give you refences to verses that are similar to the verses you just read.
This cross referencing has helped me grow in my understanding of the Word as well. If you want to augment your devotional time, I recommend using a study Bible that provides such cross-referencing so you can increase your understanding of passages of scripture that may be too difficult to understand.
4. Spotlight on Specific Words
The Thomas Nelson Study Bible (NKJV) offers a Word Focus that is featured every several pages. For example, on the page for Psalm 145, the word in the focus box is “extol” and it provides the Hebrew name (rum), verses containing this word, and a spotlight on what the Hebrew meaning is and why we should know about it.
5. Book Summaries
I love the book summaries that are included in the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (NKJV) at the beginning of each book. An introduction is provided. They give information on the author and date the book was written. You’re given a section on what this book emphasizes and a section on the purpose, as well as an outline for easy review and reference.
6. Keyword Study Guide
The Hebrew Greek Key Word Study Bible (KJV) has been helpful to me because it focuses on words from the original Hebrew and Greek scriptures and how they relate to the KJV translation because “there are times when words cannot be translated accurately because of the lack of corresponding words in English.”
This Bible gives the example of the Greek words for love—agape, philia, and storge—meaning unconditional love, brotherly love, and familial love.
They provide introductions for each book that detail history, archaeology, and customs, and how each book is significant in its own way to the Bible as a whole.
The included footnotes provide information on geographical, historical, and theological significance for each passage.
For deeper Bible study, you can utilize the following resources:
Grammatical Codes – Explains the grammatical structure of the Greek word
Transliteration Guide – Modern pronunciations for Hebrew/Greek words
Lexical Aids– Study material for old testament words in Hebrew/Greek
Concordance – Definitions and pronunciation guides for proper names
Scripture Index – Readers can find scripture references in footnotes/Intros
Do you use a study Bible to help enhance your devotional time and relationship with the Lord?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.