From the desk of Grammy Blick
...not in support of its inerrancy, but of its beauty and, yes, of its simplicity.
"...the King James translation has been described as 'the monument of English prose' as well as 'the only great work of art ever created by a committee'. Both statements are true. Fifty four scholars worked seven years to produce the work from its extant texts in Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English. Such an undertaking can be expected to produce great scholarship, but hardly writing as spare and sublime as the King James....
The authors of several boring translations that have followed over the last fifty years mumble that the KJV is "difficult" filled with long words. Have a look at the difficult long words that begin the Old Testament, and end the Gospels: 'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; darkness was upon the face of the deep.' and 'Now, of the other things which Jesus did, if they should be written every one, I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.' Shakespeare aside, there's no comparable writing in the language, as has been observed by wiser men than I.
Over the past several centuries it's been the single book in most households, an enormous force in shaping the development of the English language. Carried around the world by missionaries, it provided the base by which English is about to become the lingua franca of the world in the next century. Exploring it during this shoot [Ten Commandments] was one of the most rewarding creative experiences of my life."
In the Arena: An Autobiography, pp. 554-555
Charlton Heston, fighting the same battle against Alzheimers as Ronald Reagan, removed himself from the spotlight. We think of him the couple of times each year that "The Ten Commandments" is rerun, in that commanding role of Moses. Most are unaware of the 1965 movie "The Greatest Story Ever Told" where Heston, as John the Baptist, makes "Repent!" sound loud and clear -- just as John Wayne as the centurion at the cross states "Truly, this man was the son of God."
I agree with Heston's assessment of the beauty of the King James Version of the Bible. It is not difficult to read, and God will open our hearts to understanding. Does that mean the KJV is hard to understand? A resounding, emphatic "No!"
Luke 24:45 explains that Jesus "...opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures." Approach your Bible reading with prayer and the desire to know God's will. He will provide all the rest, for God loves you so much that He sent His Son to save you. My gratitude for that gift is His, eternally.