The Authorized Version (AV) of the Bible is popularly known, especially in the United States, as the King James Version (KJV). Based on the Bishops' Bible, the AV is a work of a committee of 54 translators, and was first published in 1611, commissioned by King James I of England. Current printings use the revision of 1769 rather than the original 1611 edition. The AV/KJV is lauded for the beauty of its language. Though archaic, it is still in wide use.

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A Brief History of the King James Bible
The background of this version, including the principles that guided the translators. Excerpted from "A Brief History of English Bible Translations," by Dr. Laurence M. Vance.
Catholic Encyclopedia: Authorized Version, The
Historical background on the AV.
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