The evolution of the King's English

The language of the King James Bible evolved from earlier translations, as illustrated in the first verse of the Gospel of John:

"On fruman waes Word, and paet (that) Word was mid Gode, and Gode was that Word."

Anglo-Saxon Gospel, 995 (edition of 1848)

"In the bigynnynge was the word, that is, Goddis sone, and the word was at God, and God was the word."

Wyclif Bible, circa 1385

"In the beginnynge was the worde & the worde was with God: & the worde was God."

Tyndale's New Testament, 1534

"In the beginning was that Word, and that Word was with God, and that Word was God."

Geneva Bible, 1583

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

King James Bible, 1611