|A KJV Bible at Mrs. White's Home. |
The Bible is available in many different English translations. I have often heard it suggested that students should use an easy version. They say it should be written in modern, plain English. I don't agree.
When we are studying our lessons in school, we take time to use the dictionary and concentrate on what we are learning. If the school work was easy, it would be difficult to retain knowledge.
If students are only reading what is easy and modern, they will have a nearly impossible time reading old literature. They will not understand historic documents or take the time to really read and understand anything that seems too hard. They will quickly give up.
The KJV Bible is full of rich and powerful words. We need to stop and think while we are reading. We need to concentrate. It takes time to absorb the words. This builds wisdom. This will also bring a blessing as we meditate on Scripture.
There are going to be questions that come up when reading the Bible. We will wonder what words mean and how they relate to the surrounding verses in context. This is why it is essential to have resources which include the Webster's 1828 dictionary and a Strong's Exhaustive Concordance. We study, not only by reading but by looking up the definition of the words. We also learn by asking questions.
It is essential to gain Christian wisdom by the hearing of solid sermons from good preachers. This is an important part of the process of understanding the Bible. Many ministers of today tend to use a different version of the Bible in their sermons, such as the NIV or the NKJV. These ministers have a solid understanding of languages but try to present the lesson in the easiest possible way. As for my household, we always bring our own Bibles along and read from our KJV.
It is wonderful to have little Bible story books such as are presented in Sunday School class. But to actually read the Bible, the KJV is going to bring the most benefit to our children. In my own household, we had all the children reading from the Bible as soon as they were around the ages of 4 or 5 years old. Once they learned to read, they were reading the KJV Bible right along with the family. Of course we were right there to help them pronounce words while they were still young. Later on, they were able to do it entirely alone. They also memorized verses by the constant daily readings. This builds wisdom and is an essential foundation for knowledge.
To see more about how we did this, please read my post, "A Humble Parlour as a School of Theology."
- Mrs. White
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