Saturday, January 23, 2016
Why in the world would anyone want to read the King James Bible?
The King James Bible is written in a poetical format. For memorizing verses, being poetical is a big help for a person’s mind. God’s word in history has undergone 7 trials from 1300 to 1599. These 7 trials are listed here noting that the first 5 trials were met with death and persecution. John Wycliffe translated the original writing of the Bible content into the 1st English Bible. Persecuted for his faith, he died in 1384. John Huss deemed that the translation of John Wycliffe was indeed accurate. Huss was burned at the stake for his faith in 1415. William Tyndale, a master of language, translated the New Testament into English. He was burned at the stake for his faith in 1536. His was the first Bible to be copied with a printing press. Miles Coverdale assisted William Tyndale in printing the Bible, and carried on Tyndale’s work after Tyndale was imprisoned. Coverdale was exiled multiple times for his beliefs. John Rogers, under the pseudonym "Thomas Matthew", finished Tyndale’s work and printed the entire bible in English. He was executed for his belief in 1555. The Great Bible was the first English Bible to be authorized by King Henry VIII. The Geneva Bible was the first mass printed English Bible for the people. The King James Bible was authorized by the King of England (James) in 1604. At this time, 47 scholars divided into 6 groups to confirm the accuracy of the previous translations. Each group studied a section of the Bible. These 6 groups came together to take a seventh and final look at the translation. With all in agreement that the translations were accurate, they published the King James Bible of 1611. No other translation has been created that uses this historical biblical lineage of the King James Bible. Who am I to say these great men, who lost their lives translating God’s Word, were inaccurate? The Scripture says in Psalms 12:6 ‘The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.’