The KJV was translated by 47 imminent scholars. Contrary to the accusations of groups such as WatchTower Bible and
Tract Society (among others)King James did not oversee and approve the translation process. His order was that the most qualified
scholars in the Biblical languages should be found and commissioned for the work, regardless of their religious affiliation.
This was done.
Great respect should be given to the KJV in light of the fact that up until that point, lives had been sacrificed
in the effort to bring the Bible to the people in thier own language. And I am not referring here to simply "modern" language.
The scriptures at this point were available to the clergy only in Latin and in Greek and Hebrew.
The English the King James Bible was translated into was the formal version of the language--not "everyday" English.
The timing of the KJV I believe was significant in another way as well. At the time of the translation (during the
reformation) the literal sense of the scriptures was considered sufficient for scriptural illumination. The Bible was considered
its own interpreter (The Vatican still insists that is not so).
Over a quarter of a century of Bible reading and study has convinced me that the Bible alone is sufficient
for spiritual illumination.
There was enough knowledge and source material (manuscripts, versions etc...) at that time to complete the task.
Since then there have been so many "new" discoveries muddying the water that it is almost impossible to graduate a minister from
seminary with intact faith due to conflicting evidence and variety of choices (don't forget the wheat and the tares--very
One more reason I believe the KJV is inspired and should recieve respect accordingly. It is one of the only versions
available today that is not copyrighted.
A copyrighted version of the Holy Scriptures can only have been translated for one reason. Profit. Can
we truly trust the integrity of anything created purely for profit?
If the true motive for translating the scriptures is truly
greater illumination for the people by updating the
language. Why copyright?
Yes, I believe the KJV is a Holy Spirit inspired version. I
believe the language was inspired and timeless.
Is some of the wording obsolete requiring effort on our part? Yes. (It is the glory of a king to search out a matter)
A little difficult to understand? Yes. (God forbid we should have to pick up a Bible Dictionary!)
Worth the effort? Yes!