Holy Scriptures (5 of 5) by Stephen Whitney
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Series: II Timothy 3
II Timothy 3:16-17
The first King James Version of the Bible was published in 1611 after seven years of careful and reverent labor. The king had approved "that a translation be made of the whole Bible, as consonant as can be to the original Hebrew and Greek; and this to be printed, without any marginal notes and only to be
used in all the churches of England."
Forty-seven men were selected who were respected for their study of the Scriptures to work on the translation. The scholars were divided into six groups. For three years from 1604 to 1606 each man worked privately on the chapters assigned to him. The same portion of Scripture was translated by each of the men in the group. Then each man's work was carefully compared with that of the other men in the group. When a book of the Bible was completed by a group it was then sent to the other groups for review and suggestions.
The meetings of the six groups took another three years from 1607 to 1609. Suggestions from the individual groups were resolved by the head of each group. The translators carefully examined each word before writing it down by digging deeper to ascertain the true meaning of the original languages.
Miles Smith, speaking for his fellow translators, stated that they did not "disdain to revise that which we had done . . . by using as great helps as were needful."
They took great caution in their translation work because they knew they were translating the very Word of God for people to read. In the introduction they wrote: "God's sacred Word . . . is that inestimable treasure that excellet all the riches of the earth."
When the moderator of the Church of Scotland hands a Bible to the new king in the coronation service he says, "This Book is the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is wisdom; this is the royal law; these are the lively Oracles of God."
SCRIPTURES ARE TRUSTWORTHY ...
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