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Shakespeare: General Q & A

Is it true that Shakespeare worked on the King James Bible?

Some believe that Psalm 46 may have been translated by Shakespeare. The King James version of the Bible was printed in 1611, when Shakespeare was 46 years old. It is a faint possibility, but no one knows for sure. James C. Humes notes that "The 46th word from the top of the 46th Psalm is "Shake" ("The earth doth shake."), and the 46th word from the bottom is "spear" ("God cutteth forth a spear")" (164).

Humes. James C. Citizen Shakespeare: a social and political portrait. Lanham: University Press of America, 2003.

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