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Is anyone familiar with a book that addresses the English translations before the KJV? I was asked about them by a friend of mine and I was taken off guard a bit. We say that the KJV is God's perfectly preserved words in the English language. He tells us that His words are perfectly preserved: Psalms 12:6-7. If I understood her correctly, her question was, essentially, this: If God promises to preserve His words perfectly, does that mean that the English translations before the KJV were also perfect? If so, why was the KJV necessary? If not, then doesn't that mean that the people using the previous English versions didn't have a perfectly preserved copy of His words? I have always understood the previous English versions as part of the process that gave us the end result of a perfected English version and that before the perfected KJV, God's words were still perfectly preserved in the old languages. I could use some help really working this out. I don't want give an answer that will just get by; I am hoping to understand it as exhaustively as possible. Any thoughts or recommendations?