I was on BlackChristianNews.com and ran across this news story saying that apparently many people, religious leaders and Christians still prefer reading the King James version of the Bible despite the numerous versions that have since been written in contemporary language, Rev. Joseph Lowery, T. D. Jakes and Black Churches Give Praise to the KJV Bible - BCNN1.
I am not a King James Only proponent by any means, however, I agree that some passages in the Bible don't translate, read like, or "memorize well" like King James. For example, whenever I recite John 1:1-18, I use King James. There is a beautiful poetic flow from "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God..." that I don't get with other versions of that particular passage.
I have many Bible translations. I believe I prefer the New International Version. It is one of, if not the most popular version today. There is a news story out about the NIV 2011 version. Apparently the Southern Baptist are raising a fuss over it's gender-neutral language.
This ministry has given away more than 700 Bibles through our Walking With Jesus campaigns the past few years, most of them ESV (English Standard Version), some the HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible). These are good contemporary translations. I will say that one of my least favorite Bible translations, however, is The Message Translation because it doesn't keep to the original meaning of the text in too many instances. It should definitely not be used as a study Bible.
What is your favorite Bible translation and why?
Rev. Joseph Lowery, T. D. Jakes and Black Churches Give Praise to the KJV Bible - BCNN1