We don't technically use the 1611 today. There have been at least two major editions (NOT revisions) of the 1611 to standardize spelling, grammar, and modernize the font, which was changed from a Latin font to a Roman one. Here is what the 1611 looks like:
2Ki 11:4 And the seuenth yeere Iehoiada sent and fet the rulers ouer hundreds, with the captains, and the guard, and brought them to him into the house of the Lord, and made a couenant with them, and tooke an othe of them in the house of the Lord, and shewed them the Kings sonne.
^ And actually now that I look at it, that seems to be the 1611 spelling set in a Romanized font set so it's still more readable than the 1611.
The 1611 however was Early Modern English (or Elizabethan English, which is the same thing if I recall correctly) which is the same English that Shakespeare used. It's actually easier to understand than Shakespeare because he wrote in a very "low" English which was full of slang, idioms, figures of speech, and innuendo. The KJV was a "high" or more scholarly form of Early Modern English.
Admittedly the KJV is not the easiest to understand. It has its foibles as well, for example, the word "cockatrice" was already archaic at the time of the KJV, but the KJV translators didn't have an equivalent for the Hebrew word so they used "cockatrice" in the English. Stuff like this can throw some confusion into the mix, because the cockatrice is a mythical creature so the modern reader is just left with a great big, "Huh?!"
I really wanted to like the NIV, I honestly did. My brother went to a Christian school where they used it exclusively, and for a while I wanted an easier to understand version than the KJV. I did a lot of research on the NIV and where it came from... and found it to be corrupt and dubious. Here are some facts about the NIV.
- Dr. Virginia Mollencott, a lesbian, is one of its editors, which is probably a good part of why the NIV is so soft on homosexuality.
- The company that publishes the NIV and the publisher that puts out LaVey's Satanic Bible are owned by the same man.
- The NIV has had nearly a dozen editions which do not agree with each other, and they do a poor job of denoting the edition, leading to confusion.
- The NIV publishers have shown their allegiance to mammon in how they market the version. It is copyrighted, which they take very seriously, and there are editions like the "May The Faith Be With You" version (Star Wars spinoff) or the Amazing Creatures and Creations version (something like that, Harry Potter spinoff). These are blatant money grab attempts that show the publishers are serving mammon and not God.
Keith Piper's book, "Serious Omissions in the NIV Bible" was extremely eye opening for me. I won't use the Luciferian NIV.