George Bernard Shaw & the KJV

A Living Legacy

For nearly four hundred years, and throughout several revisions of its English form, the King James Bible has been deeply revered among the English-speaking people of the world. The precision of the translation for which it is historically renowned, and its majesty of style, have enabled the monumental version of the word of God to become the mainspring of the religion, language, and legal foundation of our civilization.

Although the Elizabethan period and our own era share in zeal for technical advance, the former period was more aggressively devoted to classical learning. Along with this awakened concern for the classics came a flourishing companion in interest in the Scriptures, an interest that was enlivened by the conviction that the manuscripts were providentially handed down and were a trustworthy record of the inspired Word of God.

The King James translators were committed to producing an English Bible that would be a precise translation, and by no means a paraphrase or a broadly approximate rending. On the one hand, the scholars were almost as familiar with the original languages of the Bible as with their native English. On the other hand, their reverence for the divine author and His word assured a translation of the Scriptures in which only a principle of the utmost accuracy could be accepted.

In 1786 Catholic scholar Alexander Geddes said of the King James Bible, “If accuracy and strictest attention to the letter of the text be supposed to constitute an excellent version, this is of all versions the most excellent.”

George Bernard Shaw became a literary legend in our century because of his severe and often humorous criticism of our most cherished values. Surprisingly, however, Shaw pays the following tribute to the scholars commissioned by King James: “The translation was extraordinarily well done because to the translators what they were translating was not merely a curious collection of ancient books written by different authors in different stages of culture, but the word of god divinely revealed through His chosen and expressly inspired scribes. In this conviction they carried out their work with boundless reverence and care and achievement a beautiful artistic result.”

History agrees with these estimates. therefore, while seeking to unveil the excellent form of the traditional English Bible, special care has also been taken in the present edition to preserve the work of precision which is the legacy of the 1611 translators.

Preface to the New King James Version PERSONAL STUDY EDITION, Publisher Thomas Nelson (Nashville – Atlanta – London – Vancouver) – 1990, 1995.


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Louis L Amour

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Lesson’s from a lottery winner

“I say to myself, ‘My life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won’. People look at me and think, ‘I wish I had her lifestyle, I wish I had her money’. But they don’t realise the extent of my stress. I have material things but apart from that my life is empty. What is my purpose in life? There’s no one in the same boat as me, no-one who really understands.” 17 year old Lottery winner

James 4:13-15 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Mt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

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On Combat

“If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath — a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path.” Lieutenant Colonel David Grossman

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Scrivener – commonly received or standard text

“It is the design of this little volume to represent, in a convenient and accessible form, every variation, however, minute or insignificant, of the Codex Sinaiticus from THE COMMONLY RECEIVED OR STANDARD TEXT of the Greek Testament (Stephens’ of 1550); distinguishing by an arbitrary mark (√) mere errors of the scribe or peculiarities in the spelling, from other changes which more or less affect the sense of the sacred authors.” A Full Collation of the Codex Sinaiticus with the Received Text of the New Testament, Frederick H. Scrivener, M.A., Rector of St. Gerrans, Cornwall, Introduction, V.

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Merril Unger on the Authorized Version

Merril F. Unger

The Authorized Version “The excellence of the work done is attested by the simple fact that this version [AV] has held the heart of the English-speaking world for nearly three centuries, and that no subsequent version has been able to supplant it.”

The Revised Version “The aim of the translators was to introduce as few alterations into the text of the A.V. as faithfulness to the truth would allow; and to make the language of such alterations comform to that of the rest of the book. The New Version has not won the heart of English-speaking world, but is accepted as an able commentary on the text which since 1611 has been a sacred classic.”

Merrill F. Unger, Unger’s Bible Dictionary, 1976, pgs. 1114, 1115

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About the Scriptures

John Calvin

“We owe to Scripture the same reverence which we owe to God.” John Calvin
Loving God, Colson, Charles, pg. 43

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