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The King James Bible Continues To Be Number 1

Cheryl enjoys giving her readers facts about biblical history. She has degrees are in Biblica studies, church ministry and psychology,


The King James Version (KJV), also known as the King James Bible (KJB), and sometimes as the the Authorized Version (AV), is the best-selling biblical translation to date. This is an English version of the Christian Bible for the Church of England commissioned in 1604, It was completed as well as published in 1611 under the sponsorship of James VI and I. There are 66 books in the King James version which includes the 39 books of the Old Testament, and 27 in the New. . , The King James Version has noted for it's "majesty of style" and also been described as one of the most important books in English culture. This Bible has also been said to be "a driving force in the shaping of the English-speaking world.".

In January 1604, King James instructed the Bible translators to make sure that this new version of scripture would conform to the ecclesiology—and reflect the episcopal structure—of the Church of England and its belief in an ordained clergy. The translation was completed by 6 panels of translators which included a total of 47 men. Most of them were leading English biblical scholars. By the time the first half of the 18th century rolled around, the Authorized King James Version had become "effectively unchallenged" as the English translation that was used in English Protestant and Anglican churches. Over the course of the 18th century, the Authorized Version became the standard version of scripture for English speaking scholars and supplanted the Latin Vulgate.

The voice of the Almighty in print

According to Sarah Pruitt of The History Channel, The King James Bible became popular because of the wealth of resources that were devoted to the project, The KJV is considered to be the most scholarly as well as faithful Biblical translation to date. This version is also the most accessible because it was available to everyone who could afford to purchase a printed Bible and who were able to read the English language. More people could read the Bible now, where previously it had been the sole property of the church. The flow of the King James English also impressed those who had never read anything like this before. The vivid imagery and poetic cadences of this version caused many to say that it actually sounded like the voice of the Almighty speaking. It has long been said that the Bible was written by men but inspired by the Creator and perhaps this is why this version draws so many people to choose it. I agree as in my opinion there is something majestic about the KJV that is lost in other translations. I have noticed in church services that when the King's translation is read, people often say the verses out loud with the person in the pulpit and they seem to get great comfort from hearing the scriptures. With so many modern translations today it is difficult for most to follow along because the KJV is the version that many adults committed to memory as children.

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Nothing like th real thing

Consider John 3:16 from the NIV.For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Now read it from King James: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For myself and numerous others, there is something special about the thee's, thou's, wherefore's, and whosoever believeth's. The King James English is said by many to have the anointing and power of the Almighty on it and gives goosebumps and sends shivers up the spines of those who love it. With all due respect to other translations that many be easier to understand, they just do not have the power and majesty of the King's English. Once upon a time, the Christian church was in synch and the KJV was the version you read at home, quoted in school, and heard in pulpits. Today you might hear 5 different preachers reading from 5 differing translations and this makes it difficult to commit to memory and get the scriptures down in your spirit. This is why for so many the King's English will always be the real deal.

Standing on the top

The influence of the King James Bible on our culture is vast. Martin Luther King quoted from this version in his famous I Have a Dream speech. Both Handel's Messiah Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” made use of the King's Bible. The entire world uses phrases that come from the Bible including The Golden Rule fo doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, This is not an exact quote from scripture but based on it. There are other phrases like “ an eye for an eye” “the blind leading the blind,” “my brother’s keeper,” “the kiss of death,” “fall from grace,” and “a drop in the bucket” In spite of the fact that many church denominations utilize modern Biblical translations the King James translation continues to reign supreme. A 2014 study on "The Bible in American Life" found that more than half of Bible readers, 55 percent said they chose the KJV version most often. After more than 400 years the Authorized King James Version of the Bible continues to be number 1. It stands alone and remains on top and this should be a selling point to Biblical readers that perhaps, although it was written by man that it indeed was inspired by our Heavenly Father.


KJV reigns

According to 2017 research from Brandon Gaille Small Business Marketing and Advice, the NIV Bible is now the fastest-selling but, 82%.of those who regularly read the Bible say they will first reach for a King James Version before any other Perhaps the rise in the sales of the NIV is so that Bible readers can get a better understanding of what King James is saying. I have seen parallel Bibles that have both the KJV and NIV. Now, because of modern technology, you don't necessarily have to purchase multiple translations of scripture. You can go to Biblegateway,com, or other sites and choose the translation you would like to read, to compare with your King James Bible. In days gone by practically every Christian household had at least one large Bibleinthe home they set on a table Today many, even preachers, use their tablets or iPhones when reading scripture. For a majority, however, there is nothing like holding your own personal King James Bible in hand and reading it, which brings an intimacy with the Lord. Some today discount the KJV because they say there is evidence that King James VI and I had sexual relations with men. Whatever his personal life, the version of scripture that he authorized continues to be the one that believers go to in times of trouble ad is the one where many say has the most power. Something to keep in mind is that the Lord uses whomever He chooses to get the job done. Also, consider the words of Paul in 2 Timothy 3:16-17. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [17] That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Cheryl E Preston


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 02, 2021:

This is an intersting article, Cheryl. I agree with you concerning the King James Version. I own at least three Bibles, but that is my favoirte too.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on January 02, 2021:

I personally own a study Bible, which helps me. Although a friend of mine has the King James Version, I can't get to grips with it myself. I do own a copy of this Bible though. Very interesting to read, thankyou!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 02, 2021:

I have my own Bible, and through the years, have inherited several others belonging to deceased family members. Some are more well-worn than others. The statistics on the popularity of the KGV is interesting.