Why the Need for the NKJV Translation
For centuries since it was first published in 1611, the King James Version has been the most outstanding English Bible translation. For millions around the world, it has always been “The Bible.” But more and more these days, people find the English of Shakespeare’s time hard to understand. A lot of words have changed in meaning or have gone out of use altogether. Also, our knowledge of the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek languages in which the Bible was first written is much better now than it was in 1611. So, the wish was to preserve what ought to be preserved in the beloved KJV while addressing those shortcomings.
The New King James Version is an up-to-date translation of the Bible by devout scholars, which maintains as much of the beauty of the King James Version as possible, increases the accuracy and make the meaning as clear as possible for today’s reader.
The purpose of the New King James Version was to preserve the authority and accuracy, as well as the rhythm and beauty of the original King James while making it understandable to 20th century readers. The result is an even better King James, scrupulously faithful to the original, yet truly updated to enhance its clarity and readability. There are several other good modern Bible translations available, but none does a better job of presenting the accuracy, beauty and clarity that Bible readers need than the New King James Version.