Q & A's

Answer to
Question 1
(Continued)

How do you answer those who have heard the false advertising claim that new Bible versions are easier to read and understand?

Computerized Readability Chart
Comparing the KJV

The following is
excerpted from page 31 of

The Language of the
King James Bible

by Gail Riplinger

5. THE BIBLE PROGRESSIVELY BUILDS-UP AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MEANING OF WORDS

Modern testing using the Flesch-Kincaid research company's computerized 'Grade Level Indicator' verifies that only the KJV Bible progressively builds in understanding from Genesis to Revelation, and maintains the easiest reading level. See the following table from New Age Bible Versions:


 Book of
 the Bible
 

KJV
Grade
Level
 

NIV
Grade
Level
 

NASB
Grade
Level
 

TEV
Grade
Level
 

NKJV
Grade
Level
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4.4
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5.1
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4.7
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5.1
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5.2
 Mal. 1

4.6

4.8

5.1

5.4

4.6
 Matt. 1

6.7

16.4

6.8

11.8

10.3
 Rev. 1

7.5

7.1

7.7

6.4

7.7
 Grade
 Level
 Average

 5.8

8.4
 

6.1
 

7.2
 

6.9

For example:

         
  Gen. 32:20
Lev. 22:20
Job 34:19
Isa. 60:7
Luke 20:21
1 Tim. 1:15
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'accept'
'acceptable'
'accepteth'
'acceptance'
'acceptest'
'acceptation'
 
ACCEPTATION      

1 Tim. 1:15-16

"acceptation, that Christ
Jesus...believe on him"

OED*
"belief"  

* Oxford English Dictionary

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