The KIng James Version of the Bible has been around for over 410 years.
The King James Version (KJV), also the King James Bible (KJB) and the Authorized Version, is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England, which was commissioned in 1604 and published in 1611, by sponsorship of King James VI and I.
Because the KJV edition of God’s Word has been in use by man for so long, there are phrases which are, not only known, but WELL-KNOWN.
Which means that there are well-known phrases from the KJV–which are used EVERYDAY–which are not only DISBELIEVED by those who cling to their own particular superstitions, there are phrases which are ATTACKED by such folk when used in the manner for which they were first intended.
The King James Version of the Bible was first published on this day, 2 May, in 1611. This is arguably still the definitive English translation of the Bible, containing a lyricism and beauty of phrasing [and accuracy–Ed.] which many find largely absent from the more recent translations of the Bible into English.
A few of those well-known objects of scorn by disbelievers are
GO THE EXTRA MILE
This is from a specific Bible verse, from Matthew 5:41: ‘And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.’ Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse, took this verse as the epigraph, and inspiration, for his Morse novel The Riddle of the Third Mile.
Further information: Genesis 1:1 § Translation
In Genesis 1:1, the full verse saying is translated as:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth. (King James Version)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
From II Samuel 14:3: ‘And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put the words in her mouth.’
A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING
This phrase appears in Matthew 7:15, which warns, ‘Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.’ (Indeed, ‘beware of false prophets’ has also taken on the status of proverb, referring more generally to people who may not be quite what they claim to be.) The interesting thing – which makes this one a little more complicated – is that this phrase also appears in Aesop’s Fables, which were written before the verse from Matthew. However, it is unclear whether this specific phrase was in use in English before the KJV.
But (in reference to this last point), Aesop’s Fables were NOT written down (except for one collection) before the verse in Matthew was written. So, there is NO clear information on which source featured the verse first.
The phrase comes from the Book of Revelation (the last book in the Bible) and is used seven times in that one book.
“And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.”
The word used BEFORE ‘bottomless pit’?
Most commonly used was the word “abyss“–which is NOT in the KJV (even once).
OTHER everyday, commonly-used words (in English) which have their origins in the King James Version can be found listed:
All of this is written to point out that it matters not how lyrical or beautiful a phrase may be, there are those who will NOT believe it.
IF disbelief has been what they have been taught from an early age.
DOES the reader ever use one of the phrases attributed to the King James Bible?
WAS the reader previously aware that is where that particular phrase originated?
It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 10, 2021.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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