Monday, May 2, 2011

King James Version

Today, May 2, 2011, is the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible.  It's influence on the English language has been immeasurable.  Below is a sample.

Psalm 149

Praise ye the Lord. 

Sing unto the Lord a new song, 
   and his praise in the congregation of saints.
Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: 
   let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Let them praise his name in the dance: 
   let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: 
   he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Let the saints be joyful in glory: 
   let them sing aloud upon their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, 
   and a two-edged sword in their hand;
To execute vengeance upon the heathen, 
   and punishments upon the people;
To bind their kings with chains, 
   and their nobles with fetters of iron;
To execute upon them the judgment written: 
   this honour have all his saints. 

Praise ye the Lord.

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