Religion: Missionary's English

In his 27 years in India and Africa, the Rev. Charles Kingsley* Williams found that English-speaking natives often had trouble understanding the rich prose of the King James Bible.

In reading aloud, Missionary Williams came to use his Greek New Testament, translating into simple English as he went along.

When he retired to England 15 years ago, Williams set to work putting his scattered translations together. In London this month, his New Testament in Plain English was published, a short, common-sense translation based on an English vocabulary of some 1,500 words. Samples:

ΒΆ Matthew 6:27: "And which of you by worrying can add one...

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