I love the King James Bible — by the way, this not an argument to defend the KJV.
I grew up in Germany. My family where Protestants by tradition. So the first Bible version I came across was the translation by Martin Luther. My grandma had a 1912 version. Its language was slightly different from my 1976, similar to the difference between the newer English versions and the KJV which uses words like thou, thee, thine, etc. I never had a problem, though, reading my grandma’s Bible.
Later on, after I’ve got married and moved to the States, I bought a King James Bible. I loved it right away. I loved the language and grammar of it. What I also appreciated was the distinction of the singular “you” (thou) and the plural “you” (ye) — which I know from the German language. So I never had a problem reading the KJV either.
What does all of this have to do with the title — The Principle Of Repetition?
Things we repeat over and over again will finally sink into our memories. For the sake of memorizing the Word of God I wish all of God’s people would use one and the same translation. Let’s go back to the old days when the whole congregation read the KJV at home, when they’ve all heard the same version in Church on Sunday, when they’ve all sung hymns filled with words from that Bible translation — I think it made it easier for God’s Word to sink into not only their memories but into their hearts.
I just happen to memorize Bible passages from the KJV, hear and sing songs like He Hath Shown Thee, O Man — a song my dear friend Paula was singing in Church about 25 years ago. Since then I remember that these words are written in Micah 6:8 and what this verse is all about — and listen to preachers who used the King James version. That’s why I love this Bible translation so much, beside its beautiful language.
Like I said, this is not a discussion of whether to use a particular Bible translation. My point is that if we hear and read and sing the same words many, many times we will eventually know them by heart. So, to take the focus off the KJV right now, let me tell you another story from my own life:
In the Church we attended for years it was, and still is, tradition to quote Deuteronomy 6:4-9 right after the worship songs. The leader of the worship team would do that or, if the sequence has been slightly changed, the Pastor would do it. I’ve heard:
again and again. I know these words by heart and I know where to find them. (Text shown in picture is from the ESV Bible)
Another example: I often listen to worship music: songs from a CD and/or recordings of former worship services. Between songs, the worship leader would quote from the Bible. Listening to these quotations over and over again made the words sink into my memory and into my heart. See, the more we immerse ourselves in the Word the more it becomes familiar to us, the more it will be available to us even when we do not carry our Bibles around and our faith will grow.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
The following verse has become so dear to my heart:
But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
It’s a verse that my dear friend Janice quoted to me over and over again — it is on the SD card I just mentioned, right before the lovely song Amazing Love.
As a side note, the Bible texts you find on my blog are taken from the ESV, all except where stated otherwise. I use the English Standard Version here because, next to the KJV, I find it the closest to the original text, a good version to understand and one that is available for free online. To me it was important that I could point people to a place where they can download and study the Bible without any cost!