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 King James Bible- Authorized Version  

 
Before you purchase a new Bible, listen to what others are saying about the King James Version.

Here is what some other translations have said about the Authorized King James Version of 1611.
 

"...the style of the (1611) English Version has been creative as well as a creation.  It has entered into the literature and language of the English-speaking race..  To them this vesion brought what they understood to be the direct words of God"

Preface, James Moffatt translation, 1950

"The most important document in the history of the English language is the King James Version of the Bible.  To measure its spiritual impact on the English speaking world would be more impossible than counting the grains of sand along the ocean shore."

Preface, Contemporary English Version, 1995

 

"The King James Version has with good reason been termed 'the noblest monument of English prose.'  ...It entered, as no other book has, into the making of the personal character and the public institutions of the English speaking peoples.  We owe to it an incalculable debt."

Preface, Revised Standard Version, 1953

"We are, it is hardly needful to say, deeply grateful for the works of our non-Jewish predecessors, such as the Authorized Version with its admirable diction, which can never be surpassed"

Preface Jewish Publication Society Translation, 1917

 

But is it accurate to ancient manuscript?
"The King James (1611) translators were committed to producing an English Bible that would be a precise translation, and by no means a paraphrase or a broadly approximate rendering... the scholars were fully familiar with the original languages of the Bible... their reverence for the divine Author and His Word assured a translation of the Scriptures in which only a principle of utmost accuracy could be accepted."

Preface, NEW King James Version, 1990

In 1786, the Catholic Scholar, Alexander Geddes, said of the King James Bible: "If accuracy and strictest attention to the letter of the text be supposed to constitute an excellent version, this is of all versions the most excellent."

(Ibid)

 

George Bernard Shaw said of King James scholars: "The translation was extraordinarily well done because to the translators what they were translating was not merely a curios collection of ancient books written by different authors in different stages of culture, but the word of GOd divinely revealed through his chosen and expressly inspired scribes.  In this conviction they carried their work with boundless reverence and care and achieved a beautifully artistic result."

(Ibid)

 

What about things like the Dead Sea scrolls?
"Altogether, the remains of more than 500 different manuscripts, or large portions of manuscripts, and multiplied thousands of fragments were found in these eleven (Dead Sea) caves...  The scroll of Isaiah, known as St. Mark's Isaiah scroll, which was written on seventeen sheets of parchment sewn together end-to-end, making a scroll 24 feet wrong and 10.2 inches high... is the largest and  best preserved of all the scrolls, and was written in an early form of the "square letter" which... places it in the second century B.C.  This makes it the oldest known complete Hebrew manuscript of any Biblical book, and it agrees in almost every respect with our traditional Hebrew tests, as used in the translation to the King James Version of our Bible."

Thompson-Chain Reference Bible, pg 4356

Isn't the old English hard to understand?
Genesis 6:4

King James Bible
"there were giants in the earth"

Modern Versions
"The Nephilim were there" (?)

 

Numbers 21:14

King James Bible
"What he did in the Red Sea..."

Modern Versions
"Waheb in Suphah..." (?)

 

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
"The Revised Standard Version Bible seeks to preserve all that is best in the English Bible as it has been known and... to stand in the great Tyndale-King James tradition."

Preface, Revised Standard Version, 1952

"We have... tried to put the message of the Scriptures in simple, enduring words and expressions that are worthy to stand in the great tradition of the King James Bible"

Preface, Revised Standard Version, 1989 

 

"As for other proper nouns, the familiar spellings of the King James Version are generally retained."

Preface, NEW International Version, 1978

"The translators... have sought to maintain that lyrical quality which is so highly regarded in the King James Version... A special feature of the New King James Version is its conformity to the thought flow of the 1611 Bible."

Preface, NEW King James Version 1990

 

If other translators and their editors still praise the King James Bible of 1611 after four centuries, shouldn't you be reading it too?
"Where the word of a king is, there is power."

Ecclesiastes 8:4
Authorized King James Version 1611

 

 

 
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