King James I of England, who authorized the translation of the now famous King James Bible, was considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, monarchs that England has ever seen. Through his wisdom and determination he united the warring tribes of Scotland into a unified nation, and then joined England and Scotland to form the foundation for what is now known as the British Empire. At a time when only the churches of England possessed the Bible in English, King James’ desire was that the common people should have the Bible in their native tongue. Thus, in 1603, King James called 54 of history’s most learned men together to accomplish this great task. At a time when the leaders of the world wished to keep their subjects in spiritual ignorance, King James offered his subjects the greatest gift that he could give them. Their own copy of the Word of the Most High in English. James, who was fluent in Latin, Greek, and French, and schooled in Italian and Spanish even wrote a tract entitled “Counterblast to Tobacco”,which was written to help thwart the use of tobacco in England. Such a man was sure to have enemies.
King James ruled during what your elementary and junior high historical references identify as the “Dark Ages.” This portion of history always stood out to me during my school years, because when I would read the title of “Dark Ages,” I imagined this time as one filled with ludness and debauchery which is why is was named accordingly. I was obviously overthinking this thing. I was floored, but not totally surprised that it was name as such because it was a time period where people of the darker persuasion ruled. SMH (Shaking My Head) for those who do not know what the acronym represents. I remember seeing the title of the ‘Dark Ages,’ and then immediately following there was reference to the ‘Renaissance” Era. The term renaissance meant new beginning, things were new and fresh, but why? What happened? How did this transition take place?
If you are familiar with the traditions of a kingdom, you understand that the only way a king is dethroned is if he dies. We will continue our historical account of King James I, the man responsible for the translation of the Bible in 1611.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
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