That said, the KJV, as I discovered in my graduate school research project and reported in the accompanying paper, has an extensive influence on modern-day services, prayer books, hymns, and even modern translations which have adopted the KJV language and/or structures extensively, including the NIV. In turn, the KJV was influenced by prior translations which blazed a trail for the translation of texts which were previously in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin into the English vernacular. While KJV translators studied the earliest Greek and Hebrew texts that they had access to, they were instructed by King James to be guided by the Bishop’s Bible and then to consult other well-respected English translations next, starting with the most popular translation of the time, the Tyndale version. You can see the influence of the earlier versions by the inclusion of the early-modern English pronouns (thee, thou, and thy) which were no longer used by most Englishmen in common daily speech by the time the first version of the KJV was published in 1611.
At the time they translated the KJV, it was the “newest and most modern translation” which is what every version afterwards has claimed to be. Just as in our denominations and the various ways we worship God, most people believe that they have cornered the market on truth and that they are doing it right while everyone else around them or those preceding them are in error. If the truth be told, I’m sure we all have error somehow in our approaches to God. But He is merciful, generous, patient, and compassionate, so He accepts our flawed efforts just as we would accept with praise and gratitude a crude crayon drawing as a gift from one of our children, who probably believe at the time that they had produced a masterpiece. He knows our flaws and ignorance, and He knows that we can understand or do no better without His help, so He kindly accepts our flawed efforts on His behalf if our hearts are right and our intent is to do right.
I pray that His peace and love will shine upon you and fill your heart.