I have actually been wondering and praying about that since I watched this video...
“NIV or King James version?” https://youtu.be/3tv8CTra5XY
and it talking about over 64,000 words having been removed from NIV as compared to King James.
That said, I have an Interlinear Greek/English with the NIV off to the side and had already noticed that there are parts of original text that were converted to English in my Interlinear portion and left out on the sidebar NIV version, I guess my question would be if I had the same Bible with King James off to the side would I find the same sort of stuff?
I really liked the plain English part of NIV... The other thing I find really interesting, is that I have done some bible studies with a couple different pastors, one using NASB and the other the Old King James version and both of them as they read a verse and then went to clarify or explain it, said exactly what my bible said in the first place.
The NASB (New American Standard Bible) took the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts from as far back as they could find and had them translated word-for-word then rewrote into a sentence structure that’s understandable to English speakers while striving to be as verbatim as possible to the original texts.
The NIV was an attempt to make the Scripture as readbale and understandable as possible but it is lacking sometimes in veracity.
When I question what I am reading in either, I go to my Greek New Testament to look up the meaning of the Greek word and how it is used in context. There are also references for Old Testament passages as well.
I honestly don’t know where the King James version came from other than that it was originally produced soon after the printing press was invented so it is considered the most authentic English-language version. However, it uses many terms now considered archaic to our modern language which leads to misunderstandings regarding its meaning - not because KJV is wrong but because the meaning of English words have changed over time.