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Preserved in English?

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever, Psalms 12:6,7. Of course that verse is a great comfort to those who believe that God has the ability to keep his promises. (Not everyone believes that.) It has always been God's intention to preserve every word that he says. Just what is meant by preservation?

I have seen the spleens of old ladies preserved in jars of alcohol. I've seen insects preserved in amber. I have seen well preserved mummies of both people and animals. Just what do people mean when they say that the King James Bible is the word of God preserved in English? I have seen evidence that a good many of the brethren see a living viable Bible when they hold their King James Bibles. I also suspect that with many of the brethren, they squint to see the words of God through the vail of English. Such a person is always running to lexicons to understand what he reads.

I once told a gathering of preachers that I had discovered a reference book in which over 40 of the top Greek and Hebrew scholars of the 17th century had defined every word of the original Greek and Hebrew texts in English. By using that book a person could always know exactly how a particular word should be translated into English for each and every context in which it could be found. It was no longer necessary for a preacher to learn the original languages, he could merely reference that book and know that those same scholars had unanimously agreed on every translation for each context. Those preachers were excited and asked me what the name of the book was. I told them it's a King James Bible.

A true Bible believer is a person who believes that the English words of his King James Bible are the very words of God. God is more than bi-lingual. There is no thought that God can render in one language that he cannot render in another. It may take a fluid interpretation of the language rather than an exact word for word rendering to make it work. That is why the Holy Ghost gave the churches the gift of the interpretation of tongues. When people ask me what the King James Bible is and what makes it so special, I answer that it is the Holy Ghost's interpretation of the words of God in the English Language. Any lessor understanding will always leave the reader questioning what he reads.

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