Happy Birthday, King James Version

In 1611, the Bible was translated into the king’s speech (the king’s English). The King James Version was first published on May 5, 1611. It is a masterpiece of English literature and the best selling book in history.

In the spring of 1970 I had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. One of the first things I did after that experience was to pick up a red letter edition of the King James Version. Although a couple of years earlier, I had rejected the idea of the Bible being the Word of God, this time the words burned in my heart.

Even the archaic language couldn’t slow me down. I devoured the KJV for several years, literally reading it for hours a day. Within a few months I was convinced that the Bible is indeed the inspired Word of God, not because a preacher said so, but because it was daily transforming my life.

Eventually I wore out my first Bible and began to read another translation. Over the years I have read many translations, but the KJV holds a special place in my heart, as the first Bible I read as a born again believer.

KJV, thou hast touched many people, including me. Thou art a beautiful translation of the Holy Scriptures. I wish thee a happy 400th birthday.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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