Saturday, November 12, 2011

USC Beaufort King James Bible 400th Anniversary

It was a beautiful day in the low country area. We finished our homeschool day and decided to take a ride over to University of South Carolina Beaufort to view a very rare display. On display, in the campus library, was a most prized possession. This possession was once esteemed by kings; particularly James the First, King of England.

My, how times have changed.

There on display, in four, climate controlled cases, were various authentic collections of Scripture. As my children and I viewed them, we were in awe of how God had preserved the various pages. Some were dated to 1350 AD, written in Old English of which we could not comprehend.

We marveled at the amount of labor the transcribers must have went through, both mentally and physically, to present Scripture to the Glory of God. All the while knowing, they would be accountable to God who said

Revelation 22:18

 My son and I looked around in the library and all of the students going about their studies not even aware of the treasure that sat in their midst. There it was! A FIRST EDITION copy of The King James Bible, 1611. Priceless.
All the answers to life’s questions sat there, bound in leather, and very nondescript. It did not have a catchy title as did other books in the library. It was not on the “New Arrivals” shelf. The faculty did not include it on their “Required Reading” list. Oh, Lord help us!

My children and I discussed how this “book” blessed millions, guided nations, enlightened kings. And there it was.  Sitting as a regal king with all of the other "works" of man sitting on shelves around it. 

As we looked, and pondered the verses we knew were contained within it, my son said, “My sheep shall know my voice.” I smiled and understood exactly what he was saying. Quietly, within the library, one could hear a pin drop. But, we KNOW we heard God’s voice as it was alive within the pages of the KJV.
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.”


  1. AMEN! I love how you said YOU HEARD God's voice even in the midst of the quiet WORLD around you.

    I thought upon this the other day..that the jews rejected their Messiah when he was amongst them...and man rejects the LIVING WORD the KJV in the midst of them now.

    John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was GOD.
    ..and verse 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us...

    and HE continues to dwell amongst us and Praise the LORD...IN the believer who is born again!

    God bless..GREAT POST

  2. wow that is so neat you got to experience that! If only people knew how meaningful it could be in their lives! Or how priceless a treasure it is!


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