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I often had the questions: Why are there so many different versions of the Bible? With so many different versions of the Bible, how do I know which one to read?  Is the Bible really the word of God? Pastor Mike Hoggard does a fantastic job proving what version Christians should to be reading and why (Backed up by scripture). Watching this video and understanding what he's saying is crucial!

In 1604 King James proposed a new English version of the Bible to be written. The translators were required to follow a set of fifteen general rules. I will focus on two.

Rule # 1 – “The ordinary Bible read in the church, commonly called the Bishop’s Bible, to be followed, and as little altered as the original will permit.”

Rule # 14 – “These translations to be used when they agree better with the test than the Bishop’s Bible, versions.; Tindal’s, Matthews’, Coverdale’s, Whitchurch, Geneva.”  SIDE NOTE: Tindal is another spelling for Tyndale.  Whitchurch is another name for the Great Bible.

So basically what is being said is that the King James Bible was to be written from the Bishop’s Bible along with the 5 previous English versions. Here's a list of the Bibles that were to be used again.

1. Tyndale’s Bible (1526)

2. Coverdale’s Bible (1535)

3. Matthew’s Bible (1537)

4. Great Bible (1539)

5. Geneva Bible (1560)

6. Bishop’s Bible (1568)

 

And thus a 7th English Bible was born out of the 6 previous versions.

 

7. King James Bible (Authorized Version) (1611)

 

Could this be what Psalm 12:6 is addressing?

 

Psalm 12:6 (King James Version)

6The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

 

Another thing worth mentioning is that God waited until there was a Christian King (King James) to preserve his word. "James" is the English word for "Jacob," whom God renamed "Israel."

 

Genesis 32:28 (King James Version)

 28And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

 

Ecclesiastes 8 (King James Version)

 4Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

 

Here are some articles worth checking out!

How I Know the King James Bible is the word of God

Purified Seven Times

Important Translations of the English Bible

If you like this video then you may want to check out another presentation that Mike Hoggard did at the Prophecy Club. This video is also about "which Bible should I read" but it's a little longer. You can watch it HERE.

Let the Truth be Known!

Bryan Phelps