There are still a lot of people that choose to read from the King James Bible. There are also those who believe that the King James Bible is the only true and accurate translation in English (which I don’t believe).
So for those that choose to read that translation who do not believe it’s the ONLY accurate translation, I do not understand why you choose it. People don’t talk like that anymore. It takes more effort and learning just to learn the language usage to be able to effectively understand it. Nobody uses thee, thou, …eth. So then why the draw towards this translation, especially when you have the New King James Version, which has all that old style language converted?
Is it because it sounds more “holy” or reverent? I would argue that it doesn’t. It is simply a different style of speaking. We can use different words today and it means the same exact thing. What about old English speaking is more reverent? I think that if we feel that it is more reverent, it is only because we choose to think that way for no real reason other than we like the sound of the language itself and we assign reverence to the sound. You can say the same things with our modern language, and mean it just as much or more. The meaning and reverence, I believe, comes from the heart, not the sound of the language.
Also, we need to consider that the original languages of the Bible were Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. So, it is not as if old English speaking is any more near to the original languages than modern English is.
I find the King James Bible to be outdated, and not worth choosing to read because of some the great modern English literal translations (NASB, ESV, NKJV). Yet, these are merely my own opinions and thoughts on the matter. If you choose to read the King James Bible, I would love to hear why. What about it is worth choosing over the modern English literal translations when you don’t ever talk that way? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, not for argument’s sake, but to learn more about this topic and hear different perspectives.