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King James Bible: happy 400th birthday

Imagine my surprise as I was flicking Saturday’s edition of the Globe & Mail and suddenly a full page article about the King James Bible appears before my eyes. Goodness me! A whopping article about a 400-year-old book.

The most interesting part of the article is the number of phrases that entered the English language after being coined, or least featured, in this version of the bible.

No man can serve two masters.
How are the mighty fallen.
Out of the mouths of babes.
Fly in the ointment.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

And many, many more.

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Richard Davies

2 Responses to “King James Bible: happy 400th birthday”

  1. Not to mention the number of titles taken from the Bible. Just viewing a list of Cormac McCarthy’s books gives you “Outer Dark”, “Child of God”, and “No Country for Old Men”. Maybe one of ABE’s fearless denizens could put together a list, or deftly put the workload on the readers by turning it into a contest. How about a prize of a KJV 1st edition signed by King James himself. Course, if it was signed with a felt-tip or ballpoint I might be suspicious so make sure it’s signed with quill and ink.


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