The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0314 Tuesday, 15 February 2000.
From: Kathleen Breen <
Date: Monday, 14 Feb 2000 18:13:21 -0500
Subject: King James Bible
In answer to Alex Houck's comment about "proof" of Shakespeare's work on
the King James Bible, consider Psalm 46. It is suggested that
Shakespeare planted his signature in Psalm 46, since he was 46 years old
in 1610 when he worked on the bible. Count 46 words in from the top and
you get "shake." Count backward 46 words from the bottom and you get
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:
God shall help her, and that right early.
The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved:
He uttered his voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
What desolations he has made on earth;
He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth he breaketh the bow,
And cutteth the spear in sunder;
He burneth the chariot in the fire.
Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
I don't know if this constitutes "proof," but it's interesting.
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