The Authorized or King James Version (KJV) of 1611 is our default Bible translation for reasons of tradition and beauty, as described by Mary Ellen Chase (1887-1973) in The Bible and the Common Reader: “A simplicity and vigour, an honesty and dignity, a stateliness, beauty, and incomparable fitness of language mark the work of the old translators…”
When we quote scriptures, we link to the KJV on the LDS website, which programatically allows us to highlight one or more verses in context, while scrolling to the first verse of the quoted passage. We also link to other Bible translations, explained next.
Bible Stories & More provides three scripture links after KJV so you can read the same verse or verses using other popular translations. Below is an example of our scripture referencing style, which contains four standard scripture links. The quoted passage is from the KJV. The link immediately following the passage is to the LDS website. It is followed by links to three other translations: NASB, NIV, and ESV (see descriptions below).
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:14-17; NASB, NIV, ESV)
King James Version of 1611 (KJV). Also known as the Autorized Version (AV) or King James Bible (KJB), this translation was begun in 1604 and completed in 1611 by 47 scholars, all members of the Church of England. It is considered by all a beautiful and scholarly achievement in English literature.
New American Standard Bible (NASB). Published in 1971, the latest edition was published in 1995. It is considered one of the most literal of modern Bible translations.
New International Version (NIV). Published in 1978, it was most recently updated in 2011. It has over 450 million readers.
English Standard Version (ESV). It is a revision of the 1971 edition of the Revised Standard Version (RSV), and follows an “essentially literal” translation philosophy. The latest edition was published in 2011.