When I was at a used book sale the other day, I saw an elderly lady looking for a bible and noticed that she picked up a King James Version. A part of me inside cringed. I thought to myself: “Why would anyone want to buy a KJV today when we have so many other better translations of the bible?” I didn’t say anything to her but a part of me wanted to steer her in the right direction. Then I remembered back to my younger days. The old KJV was very dear to my heart and the KJV still has a very special place in my heart. It was the bible I turned to read when I saw the light and “met Jesus”. The bible became the love of my life. I remember reading the bible day-in and day-out for 8 hours a day. I poured through the entire New Testament two times in a row in 2-3 months. I highlighted and underlined special passages that spoke truth to me. I still have that bible and will probably keep it forever, even though I don’t understand everything I read. So who was I to tell that little old lady buying a KJV to go for a modern translation? Well, I haven’t done any serious reading using the KJV for years now, but I know that behind the old, outdated, and archaic English of King James, there is still a mystical and mysterious air about it. What would drive a person who does not speak like the KJV to read the KJV study bible? Maybe they don’t even like to read it but feel driven toward it anyway. I don’t know; but for some people, learning the outdated English is an education process in itself. For some, it seems to speak the gospel most accurately. But anyway…for whatever reason they choose to read the King James Version, it still gets across the message of the gospel–that’s most important. For die-hard KJVers, there are other alternatives without the archaic language. It’s a modernized King James (still based on the old standard textus receptus) but without the “thee” and “thou”, e.g., 21st Century King James Version (on BibleGateway.com), Third Millennium Bible (On Crosswalk.com), Modern King James Version, and Updated King James Version. And of course, the New King James Version is still quite popular. The Third Millennium even comes with the apocrypha. It’s the standard pew and preaching bible in many evangelical and pentecostal congregations. Thomas Nelson offers the Open Bible, MacArthur Study Bible, Blackaby Study Bible, Life Plan Study Bible, and Thompson-Chain Reference Study Bible in the NKJV.