Sunday, May 1, 2011

Shakespeare and Psalm 46

From Miscellanies:

A few curious facts to consider:

  • The Authorized Version was first published 400 years ago, in 1611.

  • In 1611 William Shakespeare was 46 years old.

  • In the AV translation of Psalm 46 …

    • … the 46th word from the top is translated “shake” (v. 3)

    • … the 46th word from the bottom is translated “spear” (v. 9)

It is highly doubtful this was pulled off by Shakespeare himself. But perhaps this was the work of a sneaky translator or editor? Perhaps this acknowledges Shakespeare’s literary influence on the AV translators? Or perhaps this is just a mere coincidence of great statistical proportion? We will probably never know.

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