I don’t read the KJV for the same reason I don’t read a French Bible.
I don’t understand the language.
Please don’t misunderstand: I really appreciate the historical significance of the KJV. This version of the Bible has done so much for the English-speaking population of prior generations (and even some in our current generation)! It made an otherwise incomprehensible book (and message of salvation through faith the Lord Jesus Christ) accessible to the common English-speaking man. Unfortunately, the language of the 21st century is so different from that of 1611 that I am incapable of comprehending many phrases in the KJV.
For example, in Luke 2:49 KJV Jesus is quoted as having said:
wist ye not…?
The same verse in the NKJV reads:
Did you not know…?
These don’t even sound like the same language to me.
Unless I were to go back and learn the English of the 1600’s (or read it side-by-side with a translation I do understand) I would be at a loss while reading the KJV. For this reason I choose to read and study updated versions of the English Bible.
So, what do you think? Does the KJV still have a place in your library?