Buyer be very cautious and informed. I called the NIV translation department to ask why the obvious omission below, using only one example of over 200:
NIV Luke 4:4
Jesus Answered, 'It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone.'
NKJV Luke 4:4
But Jesus answered him, saying, 'It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.' ('...but by every word of God' is from Deut 8:3 which Jesus was quoting')
Major difference IMO.
Why the difference (remember, over 200 differences) I curiously asked the man who was one of the translators of the NIV translation. He replied 'Well the manuscripts were more ancient and it is likely that the availability of papyrus was sparse so they left out some of Jesus' sayings since much of the Bible was common knowledge.'
More ancient was the key for them, no concern over the ommissions. I said if you find a manuscript and it is more ancient but less complete wouldn't publishing it only cause confusion, and we know who is the author of confusion. He said we just felt it should be published because we found it, the people can choose. Well, most do not know the major ommissions and will be reading a less complete version...no translation is perfect as it is a very difficult task to have exact meanings from one language to the other (idioms, changes in definitions over time, culture, etc)the KJV and NKJV (which was only updated to reflect our modern English language, no omissions from original KJV)...but when the omissions are so 'obvious' it makes one think $ (man) was at the root of this project, not God's Word (Holy Spirit).
Please check out the differences. Find out how arduous and time consuming the many scholars undertook to translate the King James bible (which the recent Dead Sea Scrolls authenticate the manuscripts they used, perhaps God's way of refuting anything less accurate(?)). Then compare the NIV team and time frame...most importantly, the fruit is not healthy if it lacks proper nutrition of God's Holy Word. Would you want a more complete translation or one that had several ommissions due to lack of materials. Sounds like the work of men alone. The Holy Spirit would never have been a part of such a project that would water down His Holy Truth.
God said 'My people perish for lack of knowledge...' Pray, trust, investigate and put Christ, The Word at the forefront of all of your life choices, loving Him above all else, and love others as yourself...and you will be blessed. Eternity with Jesus begins right now, what an amazing, patient, loving God we serve!
I purchased the NKJV Early Readers Bible and read it daily with my grandchildren (6 and 7) and bought each of them a book cover that reflected their personalities/gender. They love reading God's Word...children are so precious to Jesus, we have a choice to share the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth, or a less complete Truth...I pray you let the Holy Spirit guide your choice while investigating and choosing what is best to help teach your children.
Inspired by His love for you all.