I grew up using the King James Version of the Bible. It was what our church used. It was what my family used. I never knew any different until I got to college and really began to use other translations.
I have a preference for the literal translations for Bible study. I like the New American Standard and still, on occasion, prefer the KJV reading. I think the literal translations are better for study because the give us a closer rendering of the original.
I do like to read the Message, however, for the narratives, especially the Old Testament stories. It makes for a much easier read and the stories seem to flow more naturally.
What versions do you guys prefer and why?