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The New King James Version (NKJV) Bible

The New King James Version (NKJV) is a modern English translation of the Bible that preserves the beauty and accuracy of the King James Version (KJV) while updating its language for contemporary readers. Published in 1982, the NKJV aims to provide a balance between the historical elegance of the KJV and the clarity of modern language.

The translation process involved a team of scholars who sought to maintain the literary and theological qualities of the KJV while addressing archaic language and improving overall readability. The NKJV includes both the Old and New Testaments and is characterized by its commitment to accuracy in conveying the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts.

The NKJV has gained popularity for its reverence toward the traditional wording of the KJV, making it suitable for public worship, personal study, and memorization. It is often chosen by those who appreciate the historic influence of the KJV but desire a version with updated language.

With its careful translation philosophy, the NKJV has become one of the widely used English translations, bridging the gap between the classic and the contemporary in the world of English-language Bibles.

Copyright Info

The text from the New King James Version® (NKJV®) may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic, or audio), up to and inclusive of 500 verses or less without written permission, providing the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible, nor do verses quoted account for 25% or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted, and the verses are not being quoted in a commentary or other biblical reference work.

For churches requesting to use a small selection of material for church bulletins, sermons, or classroom use that falls within our “gratis use” guidelines, formal written permission is not necessary. Churches may use stand-alone quotations/scriptures in sermons, bulletins, newsletters, or projected in a worship setting without asking written permission provided the translation is correctly cited.

This permission is contingent upon an appropriate copyright acknowledgment as follows:

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

For requests not covered by the above guidelines, write to HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Attention: Permissions Department, P.O. Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214 or go to http://www.harpercollinschristian.com/permissions/.