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. NKJV does include numerous passages translated from the Critical Text in footnotes.

There is substantial conservative criticism of the NKJV.[3]

The NKJV is the translation used by the Home School Legal Defense Association in its magazine, The Home School Court Report.


  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."