Over the next few days, we’re going to look at the defense the King James translators made against critics of new translations in the original preamble to the King James translation. Doing so will prove to be an eye-popping experience, especially for present-day proponents of “King James Onlyism.”

The King James translators began by speaking of the “joys” that “filled [their] hearts” in knowing that their work on a new translation of the Bible would result in “the blessed continuance of…God’s sacred Word” among men. According to them, the Bible is an “inestimable treasure, which excels all the riches of the earth,” because its “fruit” not only “extends” into “the time” we spend “in this transitory world,” but also into our “eternal happiness which is in Heaven above.”