The Bible, or portions of it, has now been translated into over 1,600 languages and dialects. There have been many different translations from the time of Wycliffe in the fourteenth century onwards. The one which has been used by the greatest number of people and for the longest period of time is known as the King James or Authorised Version. This translation was the work of 47 Biblical Scholars commissioned by King James I. The translation, which was completed in 1611, is unsurpassed in beauty and power of expression by any other book in the English language.
There are a great many more recent translations and paraphrases now available, most of them in a more modem style of English.