Cameron ignores aides to choose his own Bible verses

The Prime Minister has made his own choice of Bible verses to write out in long hand – rejecting those chosen by his officials – to celebrate 400 years of the King James Version.

David Cameron chose Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”


Mr Cameron preferred these verses, rather than choosing from a selection of verses picked by his officials, to write out in long hand for a project called The People’s Bible.

The project has produced an entirely handwritten digital Bible. It includes contributions from Prince Charles, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and other well-known figures.

David Cameron wrote out his verses at Downing Street. Afterwards he said he was delighted at being involved.


“The King James Bible is a book that has not just shaped our own country, but shaped the world,” he said.

“While it is important to understanding our past, it will continue to have a profound impact in shaping our collective future, so to be able to join others in contributing to an online edition that will be easily accessible for all time is very special indeed.”

Philippians 4 verse 8

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