New King James Version

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The New King James Version is a translation of the Bible published by Thomas Nelson Publishers in 1982.[1] The preface describes it as a revision of the King James Version that follows Textus Receptus, the Greek text used by the translators of 1611.[2] Other modern translations use the Critical Text, which is based on older manuscripts.

However, NKJV does include numerous passages translated from the Critical Text in footnotes. As a result, the NKJV has earned the wrath of the King James only crowd.[3]

The NKJV is the translation used by the Home School Legal Defense Association in its magazine, The Home School Court Report. The translation is also commonly used within Church of Christ congregations.


  1. New King James Version (NKJV Bible), Bible Gateway Version
  2. "Preface", New King James Version "The New King James Version is a conservative revision of the King James version....the Greek text followed is the Textus Receptus of the early printed editions of the sixteenth century."