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10 phrases the King James Bible gave to us!

20 Dec

The King James Bible was first printed in 1611 – 400 years ago! – and, to quote this month’s National Geographic, “no other book has given more to the English-speaking world.”

It introduced 18 phrases into our language, and made 240 more famous, after earlier English translations.

Thanks once more to National Geographic, here’s a list of some of the more well-known phrases that it originated or popularised:

“As a lamb to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:7);

“Pour out your heart” (Psalms 62:8);

“Stand in awe” (Psalms 4:4);

“Fell flat on his face” (Numbers 22:31);

“Suffer little children” (Luke 18:16);

“A man after his own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14);

“Put words in his mouth” (Exodus 415);

“From time to time” (Ezekiel 4:10);

“The skin of my teeth” (Job 19:20);

“Be horribly afraid” (Jeremiah 2:12).

National Geographic Vol. 220, No. 6.

You can find more about the King James Bible and how it enriched the English language by purchasing the latest issue of National Geographic, priced £4.99, or look here.

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