No apologies for the King James Version.

Posted: December 8, 2011 in Church, Jesus Christ, King James Version
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The Bible of King James

First printed 400 years ago, it molded the English language, buttressed the “powers that be”—one of its famous phrases—and yet enshrined a gospel of individual freedom. No other book has given more to the English-speaking world.

King James Version

To many the King James Version is just another version of the Bible.  Few however realise the authority it holds, or even the degree that’s its language and concepts have been enshrined in our everyday language. Its ideas and words have influenced generations.  Possibly no other version carries with it so much respect.

I can remember as a child being given a Small New Testament King James Bible by the Gideon’s after the morning school service.  Whilst other children joked about what they would do with it, I found myself holding what I believed was a treasure.  There was something about this little book that was to be held in the greatest respect. This was not just any book, it was thee book.  This was HOLY GROUND!!!

I did not know then the power and influence it would make on my life until years later.  But what I read from time to time was sowing and eventually what was sown would reap a harvest.  God knew my heart better than I knew it myself.  Whilst I have opened many a version, the power of the King James is still my version of choice.  I can remember picking up and reading it as a young lad page after page, but they were simply words on a page with no understanding of the concepts.  Until I surrender my life to God, and those same word suddenly were opened to me.  Suddenly the words took on meaning, verses became chapters, with it came knowledge of who God was and what he did in my life.  I have never forgotten that awesome reality.  This is GODS WORD and his spirit brought it alive and shone the light of his truth into my being.

Recently the National Geographic did an article entitled the KING JAMES VERSION. Although it was not completely written from a Christian perspective, it never the less revealed some fascinating and dynamic aspects. 

“The King James Version has introduced 18 classic phrases into the English language and made famous some 240 more from earlier English Translations.  Googled searched 2.4 million of its digitised English – language books with its nigram viewer for the 18 original phrases and a selection of others.  Phrases such as “ From time to time” Ezek 4: 10 which has been the most popular over the last 200 years.


Here is a list of the more popular phrases that have become institutionalised into the English language
“Thorn in the flesh”  2 Cor 12: 7  “Set thy house in order “ Is 38: 1  Much study is weariness of the flesh” Ecc 12: 12 
“Fell flat on his face” Numbers 23: 31  “Pour out your heart”  Ps 62: 8 “Be horribly afraid” Jer 2: 12
“Lay up for yourself treasures in heaven” Matthew 6: 20  “The skin of my teeth “ Job 19: 20 “Fell flat on his face” Num 22: 31
The root of the matter”  Job 19: 28 “Stand in Awe”  Ps 4: 4 No small stir” Acts 12: 18
“Suffer little children “ Luke 8: 16  “Unto the pure all things are pure” Titus 1: 5  “Know for certainty” Joshua 23: 13 
“East of Eden” Gen 4: 16  “Beat their swords into Plowshares” Is 2: 4 “As a lamb to the slaughter”Is 53: 7

Its thoughts and ideas has influence countless including poets writers,  and governments. The beauty of the King James has endured far longer than most modern versions

Only eternity will disclose the numbers of lost souls who found sanctuary in its pages.  When men’s hearts doubted this word brought Assurance.  When the sick were lying on beds of pain they found comfort.  The lost found a light to guide their way.  Fearful were assured.  Those who hoped found peace. Those who cried out found grace.

 The article in the National Geographic starts with this story

Wager, a Baptist preacher now, is a former bull-riding and saddle-bronc pro, “with more bone breaks in my body than you’ve got bones in yours.” He’s part Dutch, part Seneca on his father’s side, Lakota on his mother’s, married to a full-blood Jicarilla Apache.

He tells them about his wild career. He was raised on a ranch in South Dakota; he fought and was beaten up, shot, and stabbed. He wrestled and boxed, he won prizes and started drinking. “I was a saphead drunk.”

But this cowboy life was empty. He was looking for meaning, and one day in the drunk tank in a jail in Montana, he found himself reading the pages of the Bible. “I looked at that book in jail, and I saw then that He’d established me a house in heaven… He came into my heart.”

The heads around the preacher go down, and the words he whispers, which the rodeo riders listen to in such earnestness, are not from the American West: They are from England, translated 400 years ago by a team of black-gowned clergymen who would have been as much at home in this world of swells and saddles, pearl-button shirts and big-fringed chaps as one of these cowboys on a Milanese catwalk. “Second Corinthians 5. ‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.'”

When I read this I almost stood to my feet and cheered.   Take the time to read the rest of the article as its takes the time to reveal the history of the King James Version from its humble roots to one of the best loved versions ever printed.

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Is the King James Bible harder to read?

King James Version

  1. kurk watts says:

    Love the site. I’ve been a k,j,v.
    onlyest since i read gail riplingers new ag bible versiions a long time ago.K>

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