Four-hundred years ago on May 2, 1611 was the first launch of the King James Version of the Bible. Since then, the overwhelming response to the Bible and how it has changed people’s lives throughout the last four centuries has been phenomenal.
The version was originally started about 80 years before King James I by William Tyndale who determined that everyone should be able to read the scriptures for himself.
“If God spare my life ere many years, I will cause the boy that drives the plow to know more of the scriptures than you!” William Tyndale
He worked from the original Greek text of the New Testament and translated the version of the Bible into English. He was halfway through the Hebrew text of the Old Testament in his translation when he was arrested and imprisoned for 500 days before tried for heresy and treason in a framed trial. Tyndale was finally convicted, strangled and burnt at the stake on Oct. 6, 1536.
“Lord, open the king of England’s eyes,” were the last words that he uttered before surrendering to the overpowering smoke and flames.
His ultimate ambition was achieved many years later with the advent of King James I to the throne of England.
King James I was summoned to the Hampton Court Conference where Puritans were objecting to the Latin and Geneva forms of the Scriptures. At that conference, he authorized 47 scholars from all sides of the church to work on a finalized translation of the Bible that all men could understand from the original Hebrew and Greek. Guards were stationed to ensure that no one would insert any material that would provide doubts or heresy to the original message.
Since its launch 400 years ago, it has been the most widely sold version of the Bible and Scriptures in the history of any other book. The Bible has also changed many lives and given faith and guidance to many leaders.
Happy 400th Birthday to a book that is the ultimate guide for understanding the wisdom of God.
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Isaiah 40:8
Click here to see a video clip based on King James I decision in regards to the King James Version of the Bible.
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