Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 16, 2011

3. King James Bible – Influence

An orginal 1706 King James Bible open to Psalms 102-104

The King James version of the Bible (KJV) is widely recognized to be a “Mount Everest” of English language, literature, culture, and spirituality with respect to its significance and influence.

Geddes MacGregor, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at USC and author of A Literary History of the Bible said of the King James Bible,

“Historically it is the most influential version of the most influential book in the world, in what is now its most influential language.”

“The literary influence of the King James Version is well known. Not even Shakespeare has more profoundly affected our literature. The most godless of men, provided only that he has inherited English for his mother tongue, is confronted with the influence of the King James Version of the Bible almost wherever he turns. It has been injected into the stream of the language. It has invigorated and enriched all subsequent English prose.”

“The King James Bible, though indeed the greatest literary monument of the English-speaking world, has never been merely a literature. It has guided through the path of life and the valley of death a billion hearts and minds that it has taught, consoled, and enlightened.”

Sir Frederic Kenyon, British paleographer and scholar of ancient languages, said of the KJV,

“So deeply has its language entered into our common tongue, that one probably could not take up a newspaper or read a single book in which some phrase was not borrowed, consciously or unconsciously, from King James’s version.”

Robert Lowth, former professor of poetry at Oxford, called the KJV “the best standard of our language” and “the noblest monument of English prose.”

Historian and poet Thomas Babington Macaulay evaluated the KJV:

“A book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power.”

Jaroslav Pelikan, the late Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University, wrote,

“The King James Version stands as a monument of English prose and also as an abiding contribution of the English Reformation, not only to the spirituality but to the culture of the entire English-speaking world.”
(From his book Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages)

The influence of the King James Bible on English culture, language, life, and morals is truly without equal. Its impact is beyond estimation. The King James Bible has been the dominant expression of God’s Word for the English-speaking world for most of four centuries as it has guided millions of people through life on earth and to life beyond the grave.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the third installment in the Story of the King James Bible series celebrating its 400th Anniversary.
Read the prequels:
1. King James Bible – The King with videos
2. King James Bible – Impact

Read the sequels:
4. King James Bible – John Wycliffe
5. King James Bible – Royal Ceremony
6. King James Bible – William Tyndale
7. King James Bible – Bible Wars
8. King James Bible – King & Bible

©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith” (Jude 1:3)
Wednesday November 16, 2011 A.D.

Read my November 2011 newspaper column:
Marco Polo’s Dragons.

The sum of Thy word is truth, and every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting. (Psalms 119:160)


  1. The King James Bible was a landmark in the history of the English language, and an inspiration to poets, dramatists, artists, and politicians.


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