It was not just the Pilgrims who had doubts about the King James translation of the Bible, but many others as well. There were even those, like many today, who questioned the need for a new translation of the Scriptures.

In response to their critics, the King James translators actually wrote a defense of their translation in its preamble. Unfortunately, this defense of themselves, as well as of all other honest translators of Scripture, is no longer printed in modern-day editions of the King James Version of the Bible. If it was, it would prove, much to the chagrin of present-day “King James Only” proponents, that the King James translators were big fans of Bible translations, believing that new translations translate into a better understanding of the sacred Scriptures.