The 1611 King James Version (Authorized Version) is a translation of the Holy Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek Manuscripts to English, authorized by King James to be done (over the objection of The Church)
The Following is the actual letter to King James from those who translated the Holy Scriptures. You can see their motivation and desire to make the Holy Scriptures available to everyone who spoke english (that they may read it for themselves without requiring knowledge of Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek).
The Epistle Dedicatory
"TO THE MOST HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE JAMES, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, KING OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, &c,"
"The translators of the Bible wish Grace, Mercy, and Peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord."
"Great and manifold were the blessings, most dread Sovereign, which Almighty God, the Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when first he sent Your Majesty's Royal Person to rule and reign over us. For whereas it was the expectation of many, who wished not well unto our Sion, that upon the setting of that bright Occidental Star, Queen Elizabeth of most happy memory, some thick and palpable clouds of darkness would so have overshadowed this Land, that men should have been in doubt, which we they were to walk; and that it should hardly be known, who was to direct the unsettled State. The appearance of Your Majesty, as of the Sun in it's strength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mists, and gave unto all that were well affected exceeding cause of comfort; especially when we beheld the Government established in Your Highness, and Your hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with peace and tranquillity at home and abroad."
"But among all our joys, there was no one that more filled our hearts, than the blessed continuance of the preaching of God's sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth; because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that eternal happiness which is above in heaven."
"Then not to suffer this to fall to the ground, but rather to take it up, and to continue it in that state, wherein the famous Predecessor of Your Highness did leave it: nay, to go forward with the confidence and resolution of a Man in maintaining the truth of Christ, and propagating it far and near, is that which hath so bound and firmly knit the hearts of all Your Majesty's loyal and religious people unto You, that your very name is precious among them: their eye doth behold You with comfort, and they bless You in their hearts, as that sanctified Person, who, under God, is the immediate Author of their true happiness. And this their contentment doth not diminish or decay, but every day increaseth and taketh strength, when they observe, that the zeal of Your Majesty toward the house of God doth not slack or go backward, but is more and more kndled, manifesting itself abroad in the farthest parts of Christendom, by writing in defence of the Truth, (which hath given such a blow unto that man of sin, as will not be healed,) and every day at home, by religious and learned discourse, by frequenting the house of God, by hearing the Word preached, by cherishing the Teachers thereof, by caring for the Church, as a most tender and loving nursing Father."
"There are infinite arguments of this right Christian and religious affection in Your Majesty; but none is more forcible to declare it to others than the vehement and perpetuated desire of accomplishing and publishing of this work, which now with all humility we present unto Your Majesty. For when Your Highness has once out of deep judgment apprehended how convenient it was, that out of the Original Sacred Tongues, together with comparing of the labours, both in our own, and other foreign Languages, of many worthy men who went before us, there should be one more exact Translation of the holy Scriptures into the English Tongue; Your Majesty did never desist to urge and to excite those to whom it was commended, that the work might be hastened, and that the business might be expedited in so decent a manner, as a matter of such importance might justly require."
"And now at last, by the mercy of God, and the continuance of our labours, it being brought unto such a conclusion, as that we have great hopes that the Church of England shall reap good fruit therby; we hold it our duty to offer it to Your Majesty, not only as to our King and Soverign, but as to the principal Mover and Author of the work: humbly craving of Your most Sacred Majesty, that since things of this quality have ever been subject to the censures of illmeaning and discontented person, it may receive approbation and patronage from so learned and judicious a Prince as Your Highness is, whose allowance and acceptance of our labours shall more honour and encourage us, than all the calumniations and hard interpretations of other men shall dismay us. So that if, on the one side, we shall be traduced by Popish Persons at home or abroad, who therefore will malign us, because we are poor instruments to make God's holy Truth to be yet more and more known unto the people, whom they desire still to keep in ignorance and darkness; or if, on the other side, we shall be maligned by selfconceited Brethren, who run their own ways, and give liking unto nothing, but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their anvil; we may rest secure, supported within by the truth and innocency of a good conscience, having walked the ways of simplicity and integrity, as before the Lord; and sustained without by the powerful protection of Your Majesty's grace and favour, which will ever give countencnace to honest and Christian endeavors against bitter censures and uncharitable imputations."
"The Lord of heaven and earth bless Your Majesty with many and happy days, that, as his heavenly hand hath enriched Your Highness with many singular and extraordinary graces, happiness and true felicity, to the honour of that great GOD, and the good of his Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour."
Is the King James version of the bible the absolute word of God? Are there any mistakes in it?
The King James Version of the Holy Scripture is simply the direct English Translation of the Holy Scriptures performed by scholars versed the Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic languages (of which we English speaking people have profited from).
I find the King James Version useful for word study (utilizing Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, Hebrew/Greek Dictionarys/Lexicons, Vines Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, and Word Study Bibles (King James Version).
When I perform a word study, I research the etymology of the word in the original languages and utilize the meaning of the word in the context of the text to expand my understanding of what is written (outside of the English language). This helps me grasp the nuances that are not obvious on the page, and discover treasures hidden right underneath the words.
I pray while I study, asking God questions about what I read in the text as well as looking up the definitions of the words. It is a literal conversation that goes something like this:
Isaiah 55.8, 9
For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
After reading this text, I would ask:
"Dad, what are Your thoughts and ways that are not my thoughts and ways? And since Your thoughts and ways are far more advanced than my thoughts and ways, is it possible that You-Yourself could become my thoughts and ways so that I would naturally think Your thoughts and ways?; instead of always asking myself the question, "What would Jesus do?"
This is how we interact; the Holy Scriptures being the common frame of reference from which to have a discussion as we "study together" and expound on whatever He reveals in His response - using His answers to ask MORE questions about whatever He speaks.
God is infinite in knowledge, and we don't tap into that knowledge directly. It is He who is the author of the Holy Scriptures and since the the Holy Scriptures are an expression of God's thoughts, and that God's thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways, separate from God making His "written thoughts" make sense, we would never understand God's "hidden wisdom" obscured within scripture.
1 Corinthians - Chapter 2
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Are there mistranslations in the King James? If there are, could there be mistranslations in other parts of the King James that we don´t know about? I the King James perfectly correct? If not, which version of the Bible is perfect?
I am of the belief that the most important thing is whether or not God is behind the translation, because man can "translate" the bible into any language and there be errors, but like Peter said:
2 Peter 1.19-21
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.
That being said, were the translators of the King James Version "holy men of God... [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost"?
I am of the belief that when God does something Himself, He does it once. When God causes the Holy Scriptures to be translated to English, I believe that the King James Version was that translation; because the spirit in the translation hidden within the words and the way they are written, doesn't exist in other translations; and no other English translation has as extensive a study reference library as the King James; and no other English translation's credibility has been as viciously attacked as the King James.
Why? Because it is God's "Authorized Version" that has been the instrument of salvation to countless millions), that has stood the test of time (for over 395 years), that Satan has continuously tried to discredit through many of those who he manipulated to create "new translations" so that those who read these "phony scriptures" not "holy scriptures", do not discover the hidden wisdom that God translated from the Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic, to English through the men authorized by King James.
God's Word has been attacked by Satan since Eden when God said,
"Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:"
And Satan twisted that statement by saying:
"Yea, hath God said, Ye shall NOT eat of every tree of the garden?"
By simply adding the word "NOT" TO God's word, Satan changed the meaning OF God's word.
Now if you take the word "NOT" out, you get God's "ORIGINAL" word.
"Yea, hath God said, Ye shall eat of every tree of the garden?"
See the difference?
And this is how Satan has "twisted" God's word by changing the scriptures through "new unauthorized translations" that either add words, change words, or eliminate words, originally translated in English by those men who were "authorized" by God as they were "moved by the Holy Ghost".