Today, May 2nd, marks the moment 400 years ago of the first printing of the King James Bible. Authorizing a committee of about 50 scholars to begin to scrutinize the translations available with the original Hebrew and Greek scriptures occurred in the first year of his reign, 1604. His motto had been “Blessed are the Peacemakers”, one of the beatitudes found in the Sermon on the Mount in the book of Matthew in the Bible. God’s Secretaries, the book published several years ago about the making of the King James Bible, sums up the new King’s motive. “More than anything else he wanted and believed in the possibilities of an encompassing peace…The Bible that is named after James, and whose translation was authorized by him, was central to his claim on that ideal.”
Surely there are many answers as to why the King James translation of the Bible is the most printed book in the history of man. I do study from a number of other English Bible translations. The King James Version remains a favorite of mine for its clarity of inspiration in many passages. Through out my life these have lifted me out of the morass of despair, pain, and illness. But I certainly am not the only one to discover it as a remedy and life guide. In the last year, the publisher Tomas Nelson has sold over one million copies of this book.
Perhaps King James wanted mankind to know the promise he had discovered in the book of Job in the Bible, “Acquaint now thyself with Him and be at peace; thereby good shall come unto thee.”