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King James Bible - Text Version

Here is the Authorised King James Version of the Holy Bible available for download.

The first link is a PDF:

Authorized King James Bible - Cambridge Edition PDF (6.77 MB)

The second link is for downloading to Microsoft word.  The download has been formatted so that the chapters run on both sides of the page, just like it does in an actual Bible, so if you wanted to, you could print it off, bind it, and it would just be like having a copy of the Bible as it is when it has been purchased.  Using paper thinner than 80gsm is strongly recommended.

Second, Microsoft Word doc:

Authorized King James Bible - Cambridge Edition, Formatted for Microsoft word (7.78 MB)

Thirdly, the following link can be opened on most text programs including current and old versions of Miscrosoft Word

Authorized King James Bible - Cambridge Edition, Rich Text format (8.74MB)

To print the third one off, using paper thinner than 80gsm is strongly recommended. Features include:

  1. exact Cambridge Edition text of the King James Bible.
  2. small page size (standard A5 size 148 x 210 mm with ample margins).
  3. uniform odd and even pages ready for print (single sided 900 pages, double = 450 sheets).
  4. page numbering, blank pages, title pages, contents and running book headings.
  5. with the correct text of The Epistle Dedicatory and The Translators to the Reader.
  6. clean text with classic Minion style typeface and characters.
  7. specifically designed for home printing or low budget print run, requires binding and cover

How is it possible to distribute the Bible freely?

The King James Bible is the only Bible which doesn't come with a copyright, so it's freely available to reprint. Every other Bible comes with a copyright and is classed as 'intellectual property'.  God never intended for His word to only be available to the few, or for His Word to be about money.  You can be sued for distributing the NIV or any other Bible, except the King James Bible.

God says we can't serve money and Him at the same time

The Bible says that we cannot serve two masters.  We can't serve money (mammon) and God at the same time.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
God says that we will either hold to the one (God), and despise the other (money).

There's nothing wrong with making money to make ends meet, but when the pursuit of money overtakes as a purpose of life, compassion for others, the love of God, making the word of God available to people, so much so that a copyright is put on the Bible - which is really God's Word, not the publishers, then something is suspect.

If you, me, or anyone tried to publish the NIV (or any other Bible version except the KJV), we could be taken to court and sued for infringement of copyright.  That doesn't sound very Christian to me.

The Bible says we shouldn't sue our Christian brethren, “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?” 1 Corinthians 6:11.  Does it sound very Christian to you, to have a copyright on a Bible, which is expressly made for taking someone to court, that is, going to the law?  The Bible says it's better to be defrauded by a brother in Christ, rather than taking them to a court of unbelievers, 'Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?' 1 Corinthians 6:7

The 2011 version of NIV has sold more than 11 million copies (source), in 2013, and the NIV in total has sold more than 450 million.  We're talking a lot of mammon (money).

It's one of the reasons why the King James Bible is the best.  It's available to be distributed, quoted, referred to for free, for the least of us, the common man.  It's not a product for Zondervan (the publishers of the NIV) and Biblica (copy right holders of NIV) to make millions, billions of money out of.

Content with the simple things in life

I don't know about you, but i'm happy with just the simple things in life.  What really do we need?  If we are fed, have shelter, the love and the presence of God.  The best things in life don't cost money.  I've got contentment in life with the simple things.

How much money does a person need?  There's millionnaires and billionnaires out there, who still keep on making money, earning more.  Are they happy?  Really, a day has 24 hours for everyone.  I can wake up, go for something to eat, spend time with friends, with family, loved ones.  I can see a film, I can read a book.  I can sit down and relax with a nice cuppa.  I can heat my house, enjoying relaxing on my sofa at the end of the day.  How much money does someone need to do this?

Even without these things, one still has the contentment, the peace that is in Christ.  People can have all the things in the world, without having peace.  It's all just stuff.

The pursuit of money becomes an end unto itself, always chasing for tomorrow, always wanting more, always looking for stuff, which is known as covetousness, never being content with what one has just now.
“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” 1 Timothy 6:8






 

3rd April 2018

 

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