Sunday, June 27, 2010


KJV has many good uses. It is the word of God  translated by men who were scholars and professional translators. These men where not necessarily religious men, which is good in the sense that the focus was therefore on translation, not doctrine, or some other religious agenda in trying to 'make the scriptures say what they thought it was trying to say.' 
These men also translated the scripture so that it flows like poetry. This poetical style is best illustrated in the books: Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastics, Song of Solomon and Lamentations.

Once a person becomes familiar to the Old English words, classical literature becomes easier to read and to understand. For someone like myself born and raised in the inner city of Chicago, the references, parables, and metaphors that hint to farm culture helps to broaden my horizons and appreciation about a time when most work was done in the fields. A broader vocabulary also results from reading the Bible in general and the KJV in particular, because some words that were used in everyday speech in the 1600's are still words in our modern dictionary, however, for one reason or another the word isn't used as commonly or the meaning has changed slightly. It may have become more of a professional word, or a word of trade for artisans.

I encourage you to click here and see the testimony of the man whose reading level went from 6th grade to 12th grade, just from reading the King James Version of the Bible.

The American Bible Society and The Salvation Army have also teamed up to Improve Literacy. In the December 3rd edition of Christian Newswire, it was reported that in Newark, New Jersey, several at-risk elementary students in Westside, Paterson and New Brunswick have vastly improved reading and literacy skills. The Literacy program was developed by the American Bible Society and put into practice by the New Jersey Division of The Salvation Army. Lessons are created from the Bible Society s illustrated texts.

Participants over the past year saw reading levels increase so much so that 89% of the children increased seven reading levels. Of the 89 percent with increased reading levels 79% experienced an increase in the percentage of words accurately read.

Being exposed to God s Word will not only improve these children s literacy skills, but will also positively impact their lives beyond the classroom.  -Thomas Durakis 
 Director for publishing services at American Bible Society's

In 2006, American Bible Society and The Salvation Army launched a pilot phase of the Mission:Literacy program in order to evaluate the effectiveness of a Scripture-based curriculum and help break the vicious cycle that illiteracy unfortunately creates.

Tutors guide academically at-risk children toward reading proficiency through games, character discussions and vocabulary building activities based on stories in the Bible Society s illustrated texts. So many of the children responded well to individualized instruction that, as a result, the Bible Society and The Salvation Army co-signed a 10-year agreement to launch the program in cities nationwide. 

May the Lord add a blessing to the meditation of His Word...


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