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The KJV turns 400!

April 28, 2011

On Monday, May 2, the King James Bible turns 400!  The King James (Authorized Version) stands alone at the pinnacle of English Bible translations, having sold more than 1 billion copies.  Most of us have at least one copy of this vaunted translation, with many still using the KJV even in the midst of hundreds of more recent translations.

The translation was begun in 1604, having been commissioned by King James, a team of translators worked for seven years before the final product was introduced in 1611.  The King James quickly replaced The Great Bible as the primary translation in the English language.  Down through the years, the KJV has retained it’s position as the “favorite Bible” of Christians throughout the English speaking world.

The King James gave us many of the phrases that are still used throughout the world, for example:  “drop in the bucket” (Isaiah 40:15), “my cup runneth over” (Psalm 23:5), “in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:52), “wits’ end” (Psalm 107:2), “see eye to eye” (Isaiah 52:8), “fight the good fight” (1 Timothy 6:12), “the powers that be” (Romans 13:1), “fall by the wayside” (Matthew 13:4), “the root of the matter” (Job 19:28), “cast your pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6), “labor of love” (Hebrews 6:10),  and “there’s nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

The lasting impact of the King James Bible continues to this day.  Lifeway did a study in honor of the birthday of the KJV and found that the majority of American homes contains at least one copy of this vaunted translation (see link).  So on Monday pause briefly and thank God for His word and the impact of this Bible on the world!

That all may hear!


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