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In 1604, King James I of England authorized that a new translation of the Bible into English be started. It was finished in 1611, just 85 years after the first translation of the New Testament into English appeared (Tyndale, 1526). The Authorized Version, or King James Version, quickly became the standard for English-speaking Protestants. Its flowing language and prose rhythm has had a profound influence on the literature of the past 400 years. The King James Version present on the Bible Gateway matches the 1987 printing. The KJV is public domain in the United States.

In summary- The translators did the best that they could in translating the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek manuscripts. If there are verses that seem to conflict, it is probably due to translation errors.  Always be willing to go back to the manuscripts for the original texts.

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1611 King James Bible Introduction Letter

ABOUT PAUL - Like the Apostles, Paul was not a prophet. He was one of the greatest Bible teachers that ever lived. God recruited Paul to spread the Gospel <the good news> to the world – Jews, Gentiles, kings and queens alike. Paul’s expert knowledge of the scriptures <Old Testament> helped him greatly in teaching God’s Word. The Old and New Testaments are like two shoes in a pair. One complements the other. When modern day preachers don’t teach the Old Testament, they make it impossible for their flock to learn the complete Word of God. Both are needed to understand God’s plan for us.

Like Paul, the Apostles were well versed in the scriptures, but Paul had an advantage in that he spoke at least 4 languages. He was the perfect choice to teach God's Word to people of other languages. He was also a Roman citizen which gave him the freedom to travel within the Roman Empire in relative safety.

ABOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT - Jesus, Himself, answered most questions with a question - "Haven't you read it? It is written ......  " Jesus was referring to the Old Testament. The New Testament was not yet written.  To ignore the Old Testament is to ignore Jesus' advice.