Start Texts predating the bible

Texts predating the bible

Be fruitful and multiply KJV, - And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

Spare the rod and spoil the child Strait and narrow Sufficient unto the day KJV, Matthew - Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sweat of your brow KJV, - In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Swords into ploughshares Tender mercies KJV, - And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.

He didn't write the text of course, he merely authorized it, hence the name by which the book is best known in the UK (King James Version, or KJV, being more commonly used in the USA).

The King James Version was translated by 47 biblical scholars, working in six committees.

What raises this version above other versions of the Bible in terms of its linguistic impact is the fact that the language used has persisted into the present day.

Many of the phrases included are still commonplace.

The fly in the ointment The fruits of your loins The land of Nod The letter of the law KJV, - Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.