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First, we have a Christian duty to serve each other. The Bible says, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." (1 Peter 4:10 ) It is in our service that all will see God's grace in action as we demonstrate our faith.



King James ("Authorized") Version (1611)

In 1604 soon after his ascension to the throne of England, King James I, covened a meeting of religious representatives known as the Hampton Court Conference. John Reynolds proposed having a new authorized version of the English Bible which would be acceptable to all parties within the church that would be for both public and private use. The king agreed to this and commissioned 54 scholars to undertake a new Bible translation. The king gave instructions that the version had to conform to the church structure of the Church of England and its belief in an ordained clergy and that there were to be no marginal notes like the Geneva Bible.

Six teams of scholars over the next six years were involved in the new translation which made use of all the other English translations as well as available Greek and Hebrew manuscripts. The work of each team was to be cross checked by the other teams. This translation would be the work of a team of translators. In 1611, the first copies of the new "Authorised" version were printed. Within a few decades the King James or Authorised Version truly became the standard for English-speaking people in England and wherever the English set up colonies around the world. The edition used today was revised in 1769. The removal of the Apocrypha from the King James Version was a move led more by printers than the translators and revisers of the text as it reduced the cost and increased the appeal to non-Anglican readers of the Bible.

The King James Version became the most widely printed book in history and is noted for its "majesty of style". The translators wanted to produce a Bible translation that was dignified and resonated when read publicly. This was part of the reasoning behind the choice of archaic English words such as thee and thou and -eth at the end of words. Even by the time of the 1611 version the use of such words was far less common and been replaced by our more modern version of such words as seen in the works of Shakespeare and Marlowe.v



Scholars point to King Solomon as the author of Proverbs in the Bible. Solomon is Israel's wisest king. We find in I Kings 4:32 that Solomon wrote 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. We know from a previous chapter in I Kings 3 that Solomon had prayed to God for wisdom. He prayed for an understanding heart to judge the people. He wanted to be able to discern between good and bad. God was so pleased by the prayer that He gave Solomon what He asked for and more. He also promised Solomon even more if He lived up to the standards that He set.



What does the Bible say about heaven and Hell?

What the Bible really says about heaven and hell. Heaven and hell both exist and we know this because Scripture tells us so. The Bible speaks on the reality of hell in the same terms as the reality of heaven. Revelation 20:14 says, "Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.



1. The Long and Short of It

When it comes to the books of the Bible, the longest is Psalms, which contains 150 chapters (or psalms) made up of 43 743 words. The shortest book is 3 John, with only one chapter and 299 words. The longest and shortest chapters also belong to Psalms: Psalm 119 has 176 verses, while Psalm 117 only has two. Esther 8:9 is the longest verse with 90 words














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