King James Version (KJV) - Bible and Psalms

In 1604, King James I gave permission to begin a new English translation of the Bible to be used by the church of England. It was completed in 1611, only 85 years after the first English translation of the New Testament published. The King James Bible (KJV) was the first edition of the Bible authorized by the Protestant church and rapidly became the standard for English-speaking Protestants. The KJV bible was published in many editions in 1611, 1629, 1638, 1762, and 1769, with the 1769 edition being the most generally acknowledged as the King James Version (KJV).
This version of the bible had a huge influence on the litterature over the past 400 years and is considered one of the most important books in English culture. 

To translate the old testament, the Masoretic Hebrew text was used and the Apocrypha was translated with the use of the Greek Septuagint. The new testament however was translated from the Latin Vulgate.

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Common questions about King James and the King James Version

King James was the king of Scotland from 24 July 1567 and the king of England, Scotland and Ireland from 24 March 1603 – 27 March 1625. He is attributed as the king who ordered a new translation of the Bible which has later been known as the King James version.

The King James Version of the Bible is not the version that is widely used by Catholics, however, the catholic church does not forbid it. The New American Bible was published in 1970 and is one of three Catholic Bibles approved for use in the liturgy.

The New King James Version (NKJV) is written with a more modern language and also includes the Alexandrian Manuscript while the King James Version (KJV) excluded the Alexandrian Manuscript. Another point to consider is that KJV followers are inclined to reject the NKJV since the NKJV has word meanings that are more in accordance with modern interpretations.

The translation which would later be called the King James Version was started in 1604 and completed in 1611.