Which Bible is Easiest to Read in Romans 1

This is the reading statistics for Romans chapter 1:1-1:24.  The bible publishers are not the only ones that are against the King James Bible.  There are pastors that peddle the new versions.  These pastors move their people away from the King James Bible to new versions.  They use the same argument that the bible publishers use for selling new versions of the bible.  The King James Bible is too difficult to read and understand.  Could it be that these pastors own stock in bible publishing companies?  The first chapter of the book of Romans is a real eye opener.  The book of Romans is a highly doctrinally book in the New Testament.  For a Christian to understand salvation in Christ, the difference between Israel and the church, and many other teachings of the apostle Paul, one needs to be able to understand the book of Romans.  The King James Bible is that Bible that is easy to read and understand.

(2 Corinthians 2:17 KJV) For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

(2 Corinthians 2:17 NIV) Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.

In 2 Corinthians 2:17 the translators of the NIV let their mask slip and they translate “corrupt the word of God” as “peddle the word of God”.  This is exactly what the bible publishers and pastors do.  They peddle the word of God in order to make money.

Below are the Flesch-Kincaid statistics for the King James Bible and four popular new versions.  Would you like to guess which one is easiest to read?

Romans chapter 1:1-1:24

Version KJB NKJV NIV NASV ESV
Flesch Reading Ease 78.4 69.2 68.1 67.6 69.0
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level 6.8 9.3 9.7 9.5 9.4

The King James Bible is the easiest to read with a Flesch Reading Ease of 78.4 and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of 6.8.  The NKJV is two grade levels more difficult to read than the King James Bible.  The NIV, NASV, and ESV are even more difficult to read.  What happened to the ESV?  The ESV is supposed to be such an easy reader, according to its publisher.  The ESV is more difficult to read than the King James Bible and NKJV.  Looks like we can’t trust the bible publishers to tell us the truth about which bible is easiest to read.  Would the bible publishers lie to us in order to sell us more bibles?

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.

Score School Level Notes
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 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.

 

The best place to buy King James Bibles is at Local Church Bible Publishers and Church Bible Publishers.  These are high quality Bibles are a good price.  These Bibles will last for years even if you spend time reading them.

 

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