You know, I really can't help it. I'm a total nerd with everything.
Last it was computer keyboards, now it's Bibles. I have actually, until recently never actually bought a Bible. I've also never given any thought to different (English) translations of the Bible. I was raised on the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, and until I recently started using the YouVersion app on my phone did I even start exploring different translations.
Shame on me.
Shame on me also for taking so long to start getting back involved in a church after leaving my last one, but that is a different blog post altogether...back to the Bibles.
So, I've always read KJV. The Preacher I grew up listening to was KJV only - my Mom is KJV only, and although I've attended churches that have had the NIV as pew Bibles, I've never owned anything but a KJV for my own personal reading. The KJV Bible I have was printed in 1972. It's an old Nelson Reference edition that my Mom received as a wedding gift when she was married. She gave it to me when I was 4 years old, and I have cherished it, and taken very good care of it for over 29 years now.
Although there is inherent beauty in the words of the KJV translation, it isn't very easy to read. Until just a few weeks ago, I never understood just how enjoyable Bible reading (not just studying) can be.
Using the YouVersion app, as I would read passages, I would switch between KJV, NIV, ESV and HCSB translations. YouVersion is great, however I'm a die-hard physical book person. Nothing for me can replace a physical book, no matter what book I'm reading. Although I haven't picked up a physical HCSB yet (and I'm sure I will), I have purchased an ESV reference Bible, and I found a great deal on a NIV(84) Life Application Study Bible by Zondervan, which I'm still waiting on, and I can't wait for it to arrive.
Although that little red KJV Bible will always be with me, I'm glad I have rediscovered the joy of daily Bible reading again.