This year is the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, a landmark of English language and literature. This is the Bible that has shaped our culture, law, education and values.
It certainly has had an influence on the lives many of us, including these two well-known New Zealanders:
Sir Paul Reeves
“Other versions may be more accurate or up to date, but it is the King James Version that sticks in the mind and warms the heart. It has an elegance, cadence and rhythm rarely found elsewhere.
I have read the King James Version quietly on my travels and I have heard it proclaimed in splendid liturgy. Always it speaks to me. Familiarity does not mean that the words pass over my head. This wonderful version is full of surprises and insights.”
"To a nine year old with her first Bible, the King James Version was a symphony of language that often bypassed the mind on its way to the heart.
The sound of the words seemed to have feelings that connected with mine in ways I couldn't explain. Now, as an adult, I can describe it in simple metaphor: the King James Bible formed a bridge between me and The Word. "
This article is from The Word at Work – New Year 2011.
As a little girl, Mrs Bala wanted to learn to read and write, but owing to her familys poverty she was unable to. Now, at the age of 75 she has been attending Bible Society literacy classes at the Chourkhuli Church of Bangladesh in Kotalipara in southwestern Bangladesh.