Since 1611, with the printing of the King James Bible, there have been more than three hundred English translations of the Bible published. Each translation implying that its predecessors are in some way inferior and that it has finally filled the great need for reliable truth. Fortunately, the great majority of these translations has drifted into obscurity.
In 1 Corinthians 14:33, we are told that "God is not the author of confusion," and yet it is obvious that all the Bibles weren't written by the same author. In Psalm 12:6-7 God has promised to preserve His words forever. "The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." Then again in Proverbs 30:5 the Bible says that "Every word of God is pure."
In Revelation 22:18-19 we are warned about adding words to the Bible or taking words out; but we are told by "godly" men that those passages only mean the message. Who's right? Is each word important? Can we change them if we leave the message? How can man become qualified to rewrite the words of God? Is it through scholastic achievement, extensive study, or abnormally high intelligence? In Matthew 22:29 Jesus says, "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." Also in 2 Timothy 3:16 it says "all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." Yet modern scholarship says only the originals were inspired. Do the Scriptures still exist for our profit? Are all the Bibles of today only the "private interpretations" of the once inspired Scriptures (2 Peter 1:20-21)? Only in the KJV 1611 are we told that we must study or be ashamed, "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth," 2 Timothy 2:15.
Will we really be ashamed if we don't study? Eternity is too important to trust someone else completely with these answers. If we are truly sincere, can we choose any Bible that we like and have the same results at the judgment?
The importance of this question is immeasurable, for throughout eternity we will be affected by the answer!
source - KJV 1611