Friday Fun Facts: 54 Scholars Who Changed the Language

On this day in 1604, the Hampton Court Conference of King James I appointed 54 scholars to complete an important project. Their goal was to produce a new translation of the Bible. They were divided into six groups and reviewed each other’s work in such a way that by the end of the project, the entire group had reviewed each book. They completed the translation in 1611. It was originally called the “Authorized” version but became known as the King James Version.

The King James Version has influenced the English language more than any other work, including Shakespeare. Many believe it contains some of the most beautiful poetry and prose ever written. Below is a list of some phrases that come from the KJV and became popular phrases. Some of these phases have changed slightly from the exact wording in the Bible, but the KJV is the original source:

  • ask and you shall receive (Matt. 7:7)
  • the blind leading the blind (Matt. 15:14)
  • my cup runneth over (Psalm 23:5)
  • a drop in the bucket (Isaiah 40:15)
  • an eye for an eye ((Matt. 5:38, Exodus 21:24)
  • a fly in the ointment (Eccl. 10:1)
  • labor of love (1 Thess. 1:3)
  • multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8)
  • in one’s right mind (Mark 5:15)
  • the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13)
  • a wolf in sheep’s clothing (Matt. 7:15)
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Posted on January 17, 2014, in Bible, Fun Facts, inspiration, inspiring Bible verses, nonfiction, poetry, Shakespeare, writer's life, writing, writing ideas, writing prompt and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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