The King James Bible translation was begun in 1604, at the request of King James 1, and translated from the original languages of Hebrew, Latin and Greek, by 47 of the best biblical scholars of the day: it was completed in 1611. This translation eclipsed all previous versions, and became the Bible read by all English-speaking nations. It is so important to the history of the world, because it was the means by which God's word was read and absorbed, for the benefit of all who read it. Also, the language is so beautiful, so as to rival any other prose or poetry. It is the version still read by many believers today, all of whom would attest to its power and comfort in their lives, and to the fact that it is the standard by which they live their lives, teaching them as it does about the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Later versions, that were translated from the King James version into thousands of languages across the world, are read daily by millions of people. It is so precious to them that it is the one object they would save in case of fire or flood. It has shaped many of the laws and constitutions of the Western world and deserves its place among the "objects".