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King James Bible 1611

 

   

1:1In the beginning God created the Heauen, and the Earth.
1:2And the earth was without forme, and voyd, and darkenesse was vpon the face of the deepe: and the Spirit of God mooued vpon the face of the waters.
1:3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
1:4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God diuided the light from the darkenesse.
1:5And God called the light, Day, and the darknesse he called Night: and the euening and the morning were the first day.
1:6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters: and let it diuide the waters from the waters.
1:7And God made the firmament; and diuided the waters, which were vnder the firmament, from the waters, which were aboue the firmament: and it was so.
1:8And God called the firmament, Heauen: and the euening and the morning were the second day.
1:9And God said, Let the waters vnder the heauen be gathered together vnto one place, and let the dry land appeare: and it was so.
1:10And God called the drie land, Earth, and the gathering together of the waters called hee, Seas: and God saw that it was good.
1:11And God said, Let the Earth bring foorth grasse, the herbe yeelding seed, and the fruit tree, yeelding fruit after his kinde, whose seed is in it selfe, vpon the earth: and it was so.
1:12And the earth brought foorth grasse, and herbe yeelding seed after his kinde, and the tree yeelding fruit, whose seed was in it selfe, after his kinde: and God saw that it was good.
1:13And the euening and the morning were the third day.
1:14And God said, Let there bee lights in the firmament of the heauen, to diuide the day from the night: and let them be for signes and for seasons, and for dayes and yeeres.
1:15And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heauen, to giue light vpon the earth: and it was so.
1:16And God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the starres also.
1:17And God set them in the firmament of the heauen, to giue light vpon the earth:
1:18And to rule ouer the day, and ouer the night, and to diuide the light from the darkenesse: and God saw that it was good.
1:19And the euening and the morning were the fourth day.
1:20And God said, Let the waters bring foorth aboundantly the mouing creature that hath life, and foule that may flie aboue the earth in the open firmament of heauen.
1:21And God created great whales, and euery liuing creature that moueth, which the waters brought forth aboundantly after their kinde, and euery winged foule after his kinde: and God saw that it was good.
1:22And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitfull, and multiply, and fill the waters in the Seas, and let foule multiply in the earth.
1:23And the euening and the morning were the fift day.
1:24And God said, Let the earth bring forth the liuing creature after his kinde, cattell, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kinde: and it was so.
1:25And God made the beast of the earth after his kinde, and cattell after their kinde, and euery thing that creepeth vpon the earth, after his kinde: and God saw that it was good.
1:26And God said, Let vs make man in our Image, after our likenesse: and let them haue dominion ouer the fish of the sea, and ouer the foule of the aire, and ouer the cattell, and ouer all the earth, and ouer euery creeping thing that creepeth vpon the earth.
1:27So God created man in his owne Image, in the Image of God created hee him; male and female created hee them.
1:28And God blessed them, and God said vnto them, Be fruitfull, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it, and haue dominion ouer the fish of the sea, and ouer the foule of the aire, and ouer euery liuing thing that mooueth vpon the earth.
1:29And God said, Behold, I haue giuen you euery herbe bearing seede, which is vpon the face of all the earth, and euery tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yeelding seed, to you it shall be for meat:
1:30And to euery beast of the earth, and to euery foule of the aire, and to euery thing that creepeth vpon the earth, wherein there is life, I haue giuen euery greene herbe for meat: and it was so.
1:31And God saw euery thing that hee had made: and behold, it was very good. And the euening and the morning were the sixth day.
King James Bible 1611

King James Bible 1611

The commissioning of the King James Bible took place at a conference at the Hampton Court Palace in London England in 1604. When King James came to the throne he wanted unity and stability in the church and state, but was well aware that the diversity of his constituents had to be considered. There were the Papists who longed for the English church to return to the Roman Catholic fold and the Latin Vulgate. There were Puritans, loyal to the crown but wanting even more distance from Rome. The Puritans used the Geneva Bible which contained footnotes that the king regarded as seditious. The Traditionalists made up of Bishops of the Anglican Church wanted to retain the Bishops Bible.

The king commissioned a new English translation to be made by over fifty scholars representing the Puritans and Traditionalists. They took into consideration: the Tyndale New Testament, the Matthews Bible, the Great Bible and the Geneva Bible. The great revision of the Bible had begun. From 1605 to 1606 the scholars engaged in private research. From 1607 to 1609 the work was assembled. In 1610 the work went to press, and in 1611 the first of the huge (16 inch tall) pulpit folios known today as "The 1611 King James Bible" came off the printing press.