King James Version
In 1604, King James I of England authorized that a new translation of the Bible into English be started. It was finished in 1611, just 85 years after the first translation of the New Testament into English appeared (Tyndale, 1526). The Authorized Version, or King James Version, quickly became the standard for English-speaking Protestants. This version of the Bible is in the public domain except in Great Britain, where the British Crown maintains copyright.
American Standard Version
The ASV was published in 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons. In 1928, the International Council of Religious Education (the body that later merged with the Federal Council of Churches to form the National Council of Churches) acquired the copyright from Nelson and renewed it the following year. This version is in the public domain in the United States.
The Darby Bible
John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1819 as Classical Medallist. He was ordained as a priest in the established church in Ireland in 1825. In 1827 he came to believe that the church to which he belonged was hopelessly corrupt, so he resigned his position as a clergyman. In Dublin he met Benjamin Wills Newton, who recognized Darby’s gifts and invited him to minister among like-minded people in Plymouth, England. By the year 1832 a congregation was definitely formed there under Darby’s leadership. This was the beginning of the so-called ‘Plymouth Brethren’ movement, to which Darby would devote the rest of his life.
After Darby’s death in 1882, certain of his followers in England produced an English version of the Old Testament based upon Darby’s French and German translations. In 1890 this was published as the Old Testament portion of The Holy Scriptures. A New Translation from the Original Languages by J. N. Darby (G. Morrish, 1890). This version is now in the public domain.source