The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible gets its name from King James I of England. Back in 1605 he commissioned a new translation of the Bible into English so that the Word of God could be brought to the common man.
After its commission in 1605, the translation was completed in 1611, and it became standard reading for Protestants in English-speaking countries.
What Sets It Apart:
Not only was the KJV a major move forward in the Protestant movement, but it has had a deep impact on language and literature for over 300 years. While it is considered beautiful and traditional, it contains a lot of obsolete language. Many churches opt now for the New King James Version (NKJV) or other translations that put the Word into language that is easy to read and understand.