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I use ambleside online for my children’s curriculum and I read that using the KJV of the Bible was best. What are your thoughts? What version of the Bible does Ms Sonia use, if you know? I’m curious since the KJV seems to confuse my 7 year old. But I do want her to hear old English. Help please.CrystalNParticipant
I can’t say what is best for your family of course, but we use several versions. When I read Bible aloud for Bible study we use NIV or NASB because it is easy to understand and I want my kids to understand. We memorize KJV because it is beautiful and often the version that sounds “right” to my ear. We do talk about our memory verse to make sure they understand it well. When my kids were very young I would read NIrV (New International Readers Version) which is written at a 3rd grade level but not a paraphrase. That is also the version they used when they first began reading on their own. I think the best version is the one you will read regularly. You might also ask your church leadership what they endorse, maybe there is a particular version your family hears on Sunday that you want to keep for home Bible study as well. That probably isn’t super helpful. Hopefully you will get some solid responses,totheskydearParticipant
https://www.amblesideonline.org/art-kjv This is a great read!
<p style=”text-align: left;”>I prefer KJV. My church uses it, I love the sound of it, and the language is more powerful, in my opinion. For example, charity in 1 Corinthians 13. Most modern translations say “love”. These days, most people think of love as an emotion or warm fuzzy feeling toward something or someone. Charity is a love that is self-sacrificing and looks out for the well-being of others. There’s also “mercy”. I think the modern phrase is “steadfast love”. Mercy brings a whole different image to my mind than “steadfast love”–one of forgiveness, patience, and a deep sense of relief for the person benefiting from another’s mercy. Oh, the difficult language also makings certain “awkward” verses (such as, ahem, a certain verse about horses in Ezekiel) go over little ones’ heads. Just my 2 cents. ;)</p>totheskydearParticipant
Makes, not makings! Ay yi yi!joyfsilasParticipant
I generally read the NKJV. But I love the KJV and that is the one of of which I am having the kids memorize.
I love this article about it: https://www.memoriapress.com/articles/defense-king-james-bible/AmandaParticipant
We use KJV for all of our scripture memory (our church uses it as well) but I do read from ESV or NASB sometimes for Bible readings depending on the passage. My high school student will read from ESV for his Bible assignments if I have read the KJV passage during family time just to “hear” it in a different voice.MamatotoParticipant
What version do you read in the home? And what version will you buy for your child when he is reading it on his own? I find it aggravating to partially remember a verse/passage I memorized as a child (NIV if at school and KJV if at church), then look it up in my Bible (NASB) to refresh my memory on the whole thing, only to find different words. (Or use a concordance to try and find a forgotten reference, only to find no listing for the NIV/KJV words in my NASB concordance.) The purpose is to store God’s Word in your heart for your whole life. Not to say your child won’t switch translations as an adult, but I would choose whatever translation you use in your home.
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