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The impact of the King James language

You don t have to be a Christian to hear the power of those words—simple in vocabulary,cosmic in scale, stately in their rhythms, deeply emotional in their impact. Most of us might have forgotten its words, but the King James Bible has sewn itself into the fabric of the Language. If a child is ever the apple of her parents eye or an idea seems as old as the hills, if we are at deaths door or at our wits end, if we have gone through a baptism of fire or are about to bite the dust, if it seems at times that the blind are tending the blind or we are casting pearls before swine, if you are either buttering someone up or casting the first stone, the King James Bible whether we know it or not, is speaking through us. The haves and have-nots, heads on plates thieves in the night, scum of the earth, best until last, sackcl and ashes, streets paved in gold, and the skin of ones teeth: All of them have been transmitted to us by the translators who did their magnificent work 400 years ago.

This article clip from National Geographic’s December 2011 The King James Bible - making of a masterpiece