Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Happy Birthday King James Version!

For vnto vs a child is borne, vnto vs a Sonne is giuen, and the gouernment shalbe vpon his shoulder: and his name shalbe called, Wonderfull, Counseller, The mightie God, The euerlasting Father, The Prince of peace. Of the increase of his gouernment and peace there shall be no end, vpon the throne of Dauid & vpon his kingdome, to order it, and to stablish it with iudgement and with iustice, from henceforth euen for euer: the zeale of the Lord of hostes will performe this.
(Isaiah 9:6-7)
For God so loued ye world, that he gaue his only begotten Sonne: that whosoeuer beleeueth in him, should not perish, but haue euerlasting life. (John 3:16)
While I do not use the King James Version as my pulpit or devotional Bible—I use the ESV (and John Wesley thought the KJV was biased toward Calvinism)—I must acknowledge that it has been the most influential English book in history. It turns 400 years old this year!