The King James Version of the Bible, also known as the Authorised Version, was commissioned by James I of England (James VI of Scotland) in 1604, and completed in 1611, and is the third English version of the Bible to be approved by the Church of England.
Throughout the 17th century the King James Bible came to replace its predecessor, "the Great Bible," in churches, and by the 18th century had become the standard Bible used in protestant churches in England. By the 19th century the King James Bible had become the most often printed book ever.
The original translation was entitled, "THE HOLY BIBLE, Containing the Old Testament, AND THE NEW: Newly Translated out of the Original tongues: & with the former Translations diligently compared and revised, by his Majesties special Commandment". This was rather a mouthful, and by the 18th century its modern name had been coined.
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