This bundle of English Bibles brings together the New King James (NKJV) and the widely popular King James Version (KJV) that it was updated from.
The King James Version of the Bible is still the most widely used text in the English language. The Authorized Version was first begun in 1604 by the Church of England. This version is based upon the Pure Cambridge Edition first published around 1900, which is the product of the process of textual purification that has occurred since 1611 when the Authorized Version was completed.
The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version (KJV), also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version of the KJV Bible, while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.
Using multiple translations while you study will give you a well-rounded understanding of the text at hand. Though it’s good to have a primary version for memorization and meditation, reading from different translations demonstrates sound scholarship and can help you better understand a passage by seeing what the biblical author meant in new ways.
The goal of every Bible translation is to balance faithfulness to the wording of the original language with readability in everyday English. Typically, each translation will lean more toward faithfulness to the wording or readability.