Is it perfect? Is it without problems? Was it a product of its times? Sure. Why not. As a Catholic, I have no fear in seeing God at work in the history of His Word, not merely in the jots and tittles of a singular written expression of it. If it is all these things, then it probably only puts it in line with every other attempt to wrap the written word around the inscrutable mysteries of God. And if it reflected its time as we often accuse it of doing, all I can say is that there was a beauty and grace in that time that has long since been lost from our self-congratulatory generation.
So happy birthday KJV. And thanks for all of those who have come closer to the grace of God through your lovely and stirring pages.
|Frontispiece to the King James' Bible, 1611|