This is a great question, no matter how long you have been reading and studying! We each have numerous desires to know the best translation and the best possible readability with respect to the biblical text.
Each of us has our own proclivities with respect to the bible we use; whether it be just a bible, a study bible, a chain reference bible or some other variation. There are those who will stick with the King James because they believe it to be the most closely related to the original text. There are those who will stick with the New International Version because it is much easier to read and understand. What ever the case may be for you, I myself read several variation of the bible. Just recently started reading the New American Standard Bible (NASB).
Do not be afraid of the bible versions, they will not bite you. Other variations may actually help you better understand the word of God than if you stuck with the one version. I have come across several articles that may help, or sway, you toward another version. No one is suggesting that you give up your preferred version. But I am suggesting you look at other versions to aid you in your understanding of the word of God.
I hope this is helpful to you. I know there are some of you out there with questions concerning this topic and sought to aid you in your dilemma. (Not to confound your dilemma, but rather to help alleviate it! lol)
Articles to read:
And here is a book I just started to read:
Videos to watch:
Now, I am certain there are more articles and books to read on this subject. But it comes down to your comfort level and whether, or not, you feel as though you are betraying God. Personally, I am of the belief that our God is strong enough and big enough to ensure that we have enough intellect, reason and wisdom to turn us from those bible versions which are more confounding and deceptive. I believe our God is big and strong enough to ensure that all that we need to know is in the version that we read where Jesus is revealed to us, the intent of God is revealed to us, and that the Holy Spirit is available to us to guide us. I believe the bible read is more productive for the Kingdom of God than the one that sits on a shelf or table and collects dust.
Godspeed My Friends!