We’ve spent quite a bit of energy on reasons why the KJVO position does not line up with textual evidence. Here are some good reasons to use the KJV, at the very least as one of the literal translations on your resource shelf:
- The King James translation was the last English translation where the text expanded the language rather than the language restricting the translation.
- The King James translation is just plain good at what it was meant for. It is an excellent literal translation – possibly still the finest of the genre.
- The King James translation is a scholarly Late Reformation Period translation – the pinnacle of English scholarship of the time. The New Testament especially is mostly a revision of the work of Tyndale (under the guise of being a revision of the Bishop’s Bible), whose linguistic work was truly centuries ahead of his time.
- The King James translation has a truly majestic, virtually transcendent English. It was intentionally created to be archaic to connect it to the great heritage of faith it represented.
- The King James translation contains familiar phrasings. A lot of the verses I quote from memory are still KJ.
That’s just five reasons. I’m sure we can come up with some more.