This year 2011 is the four hundredth anniversary of the Authorized Version or King James Version of the Bible. The month of May is the very month four hundred years ago that the first King James Version of the Bible came off the press of Robert Barker the Royal Printer for King James.
This is a continuing fulfillment of the promise of God and the prophecy of David in his book of poetry that God has preserved with His Word.
Psalm 12:6) The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7) Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
This is just one passage of many in God’s Word in which He promises that He will preserve His words. It is proof of the faithfulness of God. If He did not fulfill His promise of preserving His words for us in the language of the common people how could we trust Him for salvation or anything else? If God is faithful, then He must be faithful in all things.
You may wonder why we put such an emphasis on a four hundred year old book. There are many that reproduce Shakespeare’s very words in his plays, but those words can only restate the complex question that every society faces. God’s Word preserved in the King James Bible can answer those perplexities. Recently the U.S. Congress passed a resolution recognizing the four hundredth anniversary of the King James Bible. In that resolution the late President Ronald Reagan is quoted: “Indeed, it is an incontrovertible fact that all the complex and horrendous questions confronting us at home and worldwide have their answer in that single book.”
(Psa 138:2) I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.