A great many Biblical phrases are used as ordinary household words. Here is a list of phrases that used in modern English to spoil the Egyptians, a still small voice, the eleventh hour, of the earth, earthly, the shadow of death, to hope against hope etc. After the Wiclif movement the Bible in English has been forbidden but growing Protestantism has revived the demand for it. In 1526 William Tyndale (a Protestant) published an excellent English translation of the New Testament. This version of the Bible is based on the Greek original, though with influence from Wiclif and from the German (Luther’s) version.
In 1535 Miles Coverdale, bishop of Exeter issued in Germany a translation of the whole Bible in a gracious style than Tyndale’s’. Still two years later appeared a version compounded of those of Tyndale and Coverdale and called from the name of its editor the Matthew Bible. In 1539 under the direction of Archbishop Cranmer, Coverdale issued a revised edition officially authorized for use in churches. This version of the Psalms (sacred church hymns) still stands as the Psalter of the English church. Expression like loving, kindness, tender mercy, had come from Coverdale’s version of the Bible when Tyndale gave us peacemaker, beautiful and long-suffering. In 1560 some Puritan refugees at Geneva brought the Geneva Bible which is a long-continued version among the Puritan’s in England. The Bible has suddenly studied in England more than any other Christian country.
Eight years later under Archbishop Parker published a large volume of Bible, especially for churches the Bishop’s Bible is named because the majority of its thirteen editors are bishops. This completes the list of important translations of The Authorised Version of Bible 1611. The Book of Common Prayer now used in the English Church coordinate with Bible and Psalter is from the reign of Edward VI.
Of the influence of these translations of the Bible on English literature it is impossible to say that the Bible influenced the later writers too strongly. Milton and Browne both wrote on anti-biblical matters.