New King James Version

Latest publication: 1982

Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Sample Old Testament Verse (Isaiah 53:5)
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. (formatted as poetry)

Sample New Testament Verse (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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Format Information
The NKJV Bible is printed in verse format, with a new verse starting at a new line of text. A bold verse number indicates that this should be the start of a new paragraph. The poetry is formatted as poetry. No footnotes are provided and there are no chapter title or subtitles within the text. There are titles provided on each page.

Translation Information
A “word-by-word” approach has been taken with translation in consultation with the King James Version. The translators have sought to render the most complete representation of the original by considering the history of usage and derivation of words in their contexts. They attempted to preserve all of the information in the text, while presenting it in good literary form. They have retained the gender language of the original text.

Description by the Publisher
In the preface to the King James Version of the Bible the translators state that it was not their purpose “to make a new translation . . . but to make a good one better.” In harmony with this thought the NKJV is a continuation of the labors of their predecessors. While translating from the original Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic texts they have sought to retain the precision, devotional quality and style of the 1611 Bible.