What about the Preface to the Reader in the King James Bible?
And Did the King James Bible translators know they were putting together God's perfect and infallible words?
I don’t think the KJB translators knew that God was using them to give us his complete and inerrant words in a real Book we can hold in our hands, read and believe every word is the 100% true and inspired revelation of God.
Do we always or even usually know how God might be using us? I don’t think we do. God often uses people, both believers and non-believers, to carry out His purposes without them knowing it.
Did king Nebuchadnezzar know that he was God's servant being used of God to carry out His purposes? (See Jeremiah 25:9; 27:6; 43:10)
Was the unbelieving high priest aware that God prophesied through him that Jesus would die for the nation of Israel and gather together the children of God that were scattered abroad? (See John 11:49-52)
Or did Judas know that his betrayal was going to be a fulfillment of prophesy and that God was carrying out His eternal purpose through him? No, of course not.
Likewise did Cyrus know that he was the Lord's shepherd who would perform all His pleasure by decreeing that Jerusalem would be rebuilt, even though he did not know the LORD? (See Isaiah 44:28-45:1-5)
"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water; he turneth it whithersoever he will." Proverbs 21:1
What may appear to the human mind to be a natural course of events, as the changing course of a river, is in fact the directing hand of the sovereign God.
What about the Preface to the Reader in the King James Bible?
Should we agree with everything the KJB translators said or believed?
Some Bible agnostics and unbelievers in the inerrancy of any Bible in any language they can show us - including “the” Hebrew and much less “the” Greek - try to attack the inerrancy of the King James Bible by referring to some of the things one of the translators (Miles Smith) wrote in the Preface to the Reader.
Some men like James White take certain “quotes” out of context in an effort to make it seem that the KJB translators thought their work was imperfect and needed to be improved upon.
Things like the reference to “a variety of translations” -
See my article on this here -
Or where they said: “the very meanest [poorest] translation is still the word of God”, by which they were NOT recommending the wholesale textual changes like those found in today’s Bible Babble Buffet versions, but rather were clearly drawing a contrast between the Traditional Reformation Bibles and the Roman Catholic version.
See my article Were the KJV translators "liars" for saying that "the very meanest [poorest] translation" is still "the word of God"?
The KJB translators also made some comments about the so called Greek Septuagint, which the KJB critics love to glom onto in order to promote the idea that just ANY Bible will do, no matter how different the texts and meanings are.
See at least the first part of - NO LXX - The Fictitious Use of the so-called Greek Septuagint.
Those of us who are convinced that the English text of the King James Bible is the inspired, preserved, complete and inerrant words of the living God do not necessarily agree with everything the King James Bible translators said, believed or practiced.
Not even the KJB critics agree with everything they believed or practiced.
The KJB translators are not our final authority. The written words of the King James Bible is our final authority, not the men whom God used to bring it to perfection.
The KJB translators were godly men and all of them were true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, but God always uses fallen and imperfect men to give us his inspired words and we do not have to agree with everything they did in order to believe that they were the men God chose to use to preserve his words - all of them.
The men God used to give us those long lost originals in the first place were also members of the fallen race of Adam and sinful men.
God mightily used king David to give us the Psalms and other portions of inspired Scripture, yet we know that he also committed murder and adultery.
Moses was used of God to give us the first 5 books of the Bible plus Psalm 90, yet he too committed murder (Exodus 2:12) and in the latter part of his life both Moses and Aaron did not believe God and were forbidden to enter the promised land. (See Numbers 20:12).
Years after his conversion to Christ the apostle Paul was under pressure by fellow Jewish believers who were “zealous of the law of Moses” to “keep the law”, and to purify himself and make an offering both for himself and others, which, in a very real way, would have contradicted his whole teaching found in Galatians and Romans and other epistles of the New Testament where he repeatedly taught that we are not under the law of Moses, have died to it, and there are no more offerings to be made for sin. (See Acts 21:20-27)
The sins of the apostle Peter are well documented in the New Testament, yet God used him mightily to preach the gospel in the book of Acts and in writing the two epistles that bear his name.
Yet in his lifetime, as a believer, he denied the Lord Jesus three times and in the book of Galatians we see that “he was to be blamed” for almost turning the gospel of the grace of God upside down by reverting back to the Law and “walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel” and had to be sharply rebuked by the apostle Paul. (See Galatians 2:11-21.)
And then we have the apostle John who knew full well that the Bible teaches we are to worship the Lord God only and not any creature, yet not only once but twice it is recorded in the very book God used him to write that he fell at the feet of an angel to worship him, and had to be told not to do so. (See Revelation 19:10 and 22:8)
God always uses fallen, imperfect and sin stained men to accomplish his purposes. After all, he has nothing else to work with and it manifests his amazing grace to those he chose to use for his glory.
I DO agree with these words found in the Preface to the Reader.
The King James Bible translators themselves wrote in their Preface: “Truly, good Christian reader, we never thought, from the beginning, that we should need to make a new translation, nor yet to make of a bad one a good one; but TO MAKE A GOOD ONE BETTER, or OUT OF MANY GOOD ONES ONE PRINCIPAL GOOD ONE, NOT JUSTLY TO BE EXCEPTED AGAINST that hath been our endeavour, that our mark."
The King James Translators also wrote: "Nothing is begun and perfected at the same time, and the later thoughts are the thoughts to be the wiser: so if we build upon their foundation that went before us, and being holpen by their labors, do endeavor to make better which they left so good...if they were alive would thank us...the same will shine as gold more brightly, being rubbed and polished."
Reasons Why The King James Bible Is The Absolute Standard - God's Historic Witness to the Truth.
For those who say: “The scriptures do not say anything or even hint about the KJV."
Neither does the Bible say anything about the mindless mantras the Bible agnostic side is always parroting. Things like "only the originals are/were inspired" or "we need to learn Hebrew and Greek to know what God REALLY said" or "No translation can be the perfect words of God."
There IS a lot of evidence, biblical, theological, historical, numerical and even geographical, that shows why the KJB is the only complete and inerrant Bible in the English language. There are several things here that are true about the King James Bible that are not true of any other Bible ever made.
ALL of grace, believing the Book, the King James Holy Bible.