My husband is a pastor and he learned to read Greek and Hebrew in the seminary, and studied from original texts. He said that he believes the King James Version is the closest to the original texts. I have a New Testament that is in the original Greek on one side of the page with the English version on the opposing page and while the Greek syntax, directly translated, is awkward, they are very close, almost word for word.
for me, I want to be as close to the original translation as possible. It is too important to guess at.