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King James

The Holy Scriptures.

The Bible is an infallible Book, and in the noble words of Hooker, the writers “neither spoke nor wrote one word of their own, but uttered syllable by syllable as the Spirit put it into their mouths; no otherwise than the harp or the lute doth give a sound according to the discretion of his hands that holdeth and striketh it with skill.” Nothing less than such a Word will suffice to anchor the fainting soul upon in the day of trouble and in the hour of death, or to satisfy a parched and weary spirit, athirst for the water of life, and craving the shadow of the great Rock. Unless the Scriptures be verbally inspired, there is no authoritative…

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Dr. David Allen served as pastor of the Free Baptist Church, Belvedere, Kent from 1983 to 1990. He has subsequently served as a Deputation Speaker for the Trinitarian Bible Society from 2000 to present. He is a Senior Speaker with TBS and highly esteemed for his defense of the Gospel as preserved in the Authorised Version.

“What think ye of Christ?” This is the question with which Jesus confronted the Pharisees and it is the subject which comprises Dr. Allen’s first challenge on why the Authorised Version remains the most reliable English translation of the Bible today.

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Dr. David Allen served as pastor of the Free Baptist Church, Belvedere, Kent from 1983 to 1990. He has subsequently served as a Deputation Speaker for the Trinitarian Bible Society from 2000 to present. He is a Senior Speaker with TBS and highly esteemed for his defense of the Gospel as preserved in the Authorised Version.

This is the second study on why the Authorised Version remains the most reliable English translation of the Bible today.

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Since 1831, The Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS) has “acknowledged the whole Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God, the sole, supreme, and infallible rule of faith and practice, providentially preserved by God. In contrast to the growing liberalism and Unitarianism in Christian thought, this Society has worked for the publication of faithful and reliable copies of the Holy Scriptures without the Apocrypha.” The following five articles are published by TBS in one pamphlet entitled, “Plain Reasons for Keeping to the Authorised Version”.

Why should we keep to the Authorised Version of the Bible in preference to the many modern versions now available? The question is often asked, and here are some of the answers –

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By “text” is meant the Hebrew and Greek wording of the Bible, from which translations are made into English and other languages. A good text is one that can be trusted as a faithful copy of the words which God originally inspired. The text of the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament is available in printed editions, which are in turn based on handwritten copies known as “manuscripts”.

The Hebrew and Greek editions which were used by the Authorised Version translators were based on only a few manuscripts. In the centuries which have passed since 1611, when the Authorised Version was published, several thousands of manuscripts have been discovered which were not used by the early translators. The majority of such manuscripts have been proved to be substantially in agreement with the Authorised Version, and the general reliability of the text used for this version has been confirmed.

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Because of their reverent regard for the Bible as the inspired Word of God, the translators felt that they should very carefully set down in English all that was written by the inspired writers. They were conscious of the strict commands in Deuteronomy 4.2, that God’s people should not add to His Word or take anything away from it. Modern versions quite often commit both of these errors, and the reader loses as a result.

For instance, in John 1.17 John wrote, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”. The Authorised Version puts this in simple English, with nothing added and nothing taken away.

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