Authorized Version

At the beginning of the 17th century the principal English translation of the Scriptures was the one known as the Bishops' Bible. This version was so faulty and inaccurate that in 1607, by order of King James I, a thorough revision of it was undertaken. Forty-seven scholars were appointed to the work, and in less than three years they completed their labor, which has since been known as the Authorized Version, or the King James Bible. By its superior literary qualities and the royal favor, it soon became the official Bible of the Church of England and the one most commonly used by Protestants throughout the English-speaking world. To some extent it is now being displaced by the Revised Version. The Catholic Church cannot sanction, for the use of her children, a translation made by men who not only were not in sympathy with her teaching, but were imbued with a hostile spirit towards her. This spirit is evidenced in their Address to the King, wherein they speak of Popish persons who desire still to keep the people in ignorance and darkness.

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