Shocking Shocking Shocking
The Bible publishing companies claim that the King James Bible is sooo hard to read and understand. This is the supposed motivation behind over 200 new translations in the last 100 years or so. This blog will use the Flesch-Kincaid readability statistics in Microsoft Word to determine which bibles are the easiest to read and understand. We copied the verses from the same Bible program for each version into a Word document, and then we ran the readability statists, which use the Flesch-Kincaid readability scale. This enables us to use an objective and impartial method of determining the easiest Bibles to read and understand. Most people have been programed to believe that the King James Bible is the hardest Bible to read and to understand. Prepare yourself for a major shock. The bible publishers have to convince you that something is wrong with the King James Bible so that you will buy a new bible. Not only do they want you to buy a replacement bible for the King James Bible, but they want you to continue to buy new bibles. The sales pitch is that each new version of the bible is evolving and growing easier and easier to read and understand. Bible publishers make money by selling new bibles. If everyone stuck to the King James Bible, the bible publishers would go broke. A new bible translation comes out about every two years. If everyone buys a new bible every two years, this makes the bible publishers very rich.
1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Below are our findings on the easiest bible to read and understand in Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 1:23. Below are the Flesch-Kincaid statistics for the King James Bible and four popular new versions.
|Flesch Reading Ease||83.4||86.1||84.5||86.0||84.8|
|Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level||5.8||4.5||4.7||4.4||4.9|
All the bible versions are in the 80 percent Flesch Reading Ease. According to Flesch-Kincaid all these bible versions are easy to read for Genesis 1:1-23. The King James Bible is the most difficult with a Flesch-Kincaid grade level of 5.8. This level is the 6th grade reading level and should be easy to read for most people with a high school education. Wait until you see what happens with the first chapter of Romans. Romans is a real eye opener!!!
The Flesch reading ease indicates material that is easier to read with a higher score and more difficult material with a lower score.
The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level indicates material that is easier to read with a lower grade level and more difficult material to read with a higher-grade level.
|100.00-90.00||5th grade||Very easy to read. Easily understood by an average 11-year-old student.|
|90.0–80.0||6th grade||Easy to read. Conversational English for consumers.|
|80.0–70.0||7th grade||Fairly easy to read.|
|70.0–60.0||8th & 9th grade||Plain English. Easily understood by 13- to 15-year-old students.|
|60.0–50.0||10th to 12th grade||Fairly difficult to read.|
|50.0–30.0||College||Difficult to read.|
|30.0–0.0||College Graduate||Very difficult to read. Best understood by university graduates.|
Above chart from Wikipedia.
The best place to buy King James Bibles is at Local Church Bible Publishers and Church Bible Publishers. These are high quality Bibles that are affordable priced. These Bibles will last for years even if you spend time reading them.