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Burying Bibles

Perhaps we also should resurrect the King James Version?

I’ve had to bury quite a few Bibles lately. I’m in charge of the annual book sale at my church. Each year we receive about a dozen Bibles, and it seems like they’re always the King James Version. They’ve been cleaned out of attics or grandparents’ assisted-care facilities. I usually try to give them away, but no one seems to want them. So I end up burying them, which is what you’re supposed to do with no-longer-used holy books.

Old Bible, buriedWe don’t read or hear the KJV anymore, as it’s not used in worship services. In fact, we haven’t read it for quite some time. But I grew up with King James language in the air like fog. I memorized passages that still stick with me.


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