The King and I

June 30th, 2011 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest

 King James VI ( of Scotland) and I (of England) was born in a room next to where this famous oil painting of the King now hangs at Edinburgh Castle. His mother was Mary Queen of Scots, whom her cousin Elizabeth of England  later beheaded for alleged treason. A  few feet away are the Scottish crown jewels arrayed in all their regal spendour and guarded by stern men in kilts.

I was at a reception there last weekend to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the KJV Bible when the great and the good of Scottish society (apart from me) gathered to mark the occasion. I couldn’t resist having my photograph taken next to the King who inaugurated the Authorized Version!
The Scottish Bible Society has a unique project to invite everyone to write a verse or two of the KJV Bible in their own hand using a special digital pen. Prince Charles was the first and we were the next to do so that evening. The project is called The People’s Project and it will tour the country to gather verses from every town and shopping mall. A great idea!
You get a wonderful sense of history in such settings and despite all the shenanigans of 17th C Scottish and English politics, the Word still got published and has altered the world for good ever since.

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