How The Translators Of The KJV Answered Their Critics

It is written:

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” (John 5:39)

Many in our religious world claim that we have no need for new and improved Bible translations. They will claim, “All we need is the King James Version only!”

Isn’t it interesting that when the King James Version was being translated, there were people saying the same thing….about the King James Version?!

You see, there were already English Bible translations available when the KJV was created. Critics then looked at the KJV as a wicked and corrupt translation, completely unnecessary.

Look at how the translators of the KJV answered these charges:

“But how shall men meditate in that, which they cannot understand? How shall they understand that which is kept close in an unknown tongue?… so lest the Church be driven to the like exigent, it is necessary to have translations in a readiness. Translation it is that openeth the window, to let in the light; that breaketh the shell, that we may eat the kernel; that putteth aside the curtain, that we may look into the most Holy place; that removeth the cover of the well, that we may come by the water, even as Jacob rolled away the stone from the mouth of the well, by which means the flocks of Laban were watered [Gen 29: 10]. Indeed without translation into the vulgar tongue, the unlearned are but like children at Jacob’s well (which is deep) [John 4: 11] without a bucket or something to draw with; or as that person mentioned by Isaiah, to whom when a sealed book was delivered, with this motion, “Read this, I pray thee,” he was fain to make this answer, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” [Isa 29: 11]” (Preface To 1611 KJV)

We need continuing Bible translations because language continues to change. Thank God for the abundance of good and faithful Bible translations we have at our disposal today!

Are you willing to follow the Lord where His Word leads?

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