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The King James Version (KJV), also known as Authorized Version (AV)
or simply King James Bible (KJB), is an English translation of the
Christian Bible for the Church of England begun in 1604 and
completed in 1611.The books of the King James Version include the
39 books of the Old Testament, an intertestamental section containing
14 books of the Apocrypha, and the 27 books of the New Testament.
It was first printed by the King's Printer Robert Barker and was the
third translation into English approved by the English Church
authorities. The first had been the Great Bible, commissioned in the
reign of King Henry VIII (1535), and the second had been the Bishops'
Bible of 1568 In January 1604, James VI and I convened the Hampton
Court Conference, where a new English version was conceived in
response to the problems of the earlier translations perceived by the
Puritans, a faction of the Church of England The translation is noted
for its "majesty of style", and has been described as one of the most
important books in English culture.
James gave the translators instructions intended to ensure that the
new version would conform to the ecclesiology and reflect the
episcopal structure of the Church of England and its belief in an
ordained clergy. The translation was done by 47 scholars, all of
whom were members of the Church of England. In common with
most other translations of the period, the New Testament was
translated from Greek, the Old Testament from Hebrew and Aramaic,
and the Apocrypha from Greek and Latin. In the Book of Common
Prayer (1662), the text of the Authorized Version replaced the text of
the Great Bible for Epistle and Gospel readings and as such was
authorised by Act of Parliament.
By the first half of the 18th century, the Authorized Version had
become effectively unchallenged as the English translation used in
Anglican and English Protestant churches, except for the Psalms
and some short passages in the Book of Common Prayer of the
Church of England. Over the course of the 18th century, the
Authorized Version supplanted the Latin Vulgate as the standard
version of scripture for English-speaking scholars. With the
development of stereotype printing at the beginning of the
19th century, this version of the Bible became the most widely
printed book in history, almost all such printings presenting the
standard text of 1769 extensively re-edited by Benjamin Blayney
at Oxford and nearly always omitting the books of the Apocrypha.
Today the unqualified title "King James Version" usually indicates
that this Oxford standard text is meant.
“For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand,
saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”
Isaiah 41:13 (KJV)