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The Translators and What They Knew

And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation, John 11:51.

Here we have Caiaphas's prophecy. More than likely Caiaphas burns in hell today. He certainly had no faith while he uttered the above words and yet what he spoke is listed not just as divine scripture, it is accurate prophecy. Did Caiaphas know that he was adding to the word of God when he spoke? Of course he did not. I am not the first person to use Caiaphas as an example of someone who gave us infallible scripture without knowing that he did so. I am also not the first person to point out that whether or not the King James translators knew that they gave us an infallible inspired bible has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not they did.

In the last week, I have had a couple of people bring up the translators' own writing to try to dispel any notion that they could have been inspired. They themselves advocated the notion that better understanding could come from the reading of many translations, yet it is they who said they had given us not just one more translation, but "one more perfect translation". Whether or not the King James Bible is the perfect word of God does not rest in the opinion of its translators. It rests on the word itself.

The greatest single resource available today for the bible believer who would understand the various versions of the bible through the centuries and how our King James Bible became what it is today, is the website kept by Will Kinney; Will Kinney is in his 80s and it is a grace from God to the people of God that he is still active. (It is also a bane to those who would tamper with our bible.) The first video offered on his website is the single greatest explanation that I have ever heard on why the King James Bible can be the perfect word of God. (Here).

I heartily recommend that as many of us who want to know the vast body of information out there and available to begin studying the resources on his site. I don't agree with some theological stands that Mr. Kinney takes, but never at any point does Will Kinney ever twist the written word to make it say something different. If you don't like his theology, grow up. Enjoy the great fruits of his many years of study.

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