Courtesy of Kenneth Kidd, feature writer for the Toronto Star, we learn the following:
In his book Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language, David Crystal tallies nearly 300 everyday expressions that were birthed with the King’s James Bible — twice as many as its nearest rival, Shakespeare.
Kenneth’s full article is titled Why the Bible matters: Its words live on. In that article he goes on to say:
For four centuries, the King James Bible has anchored nearly every aspect of English-speaking culture with its enduring allegories and images, its prose both elegant and concise. Even if you destroyed every copy, notes [Christopher] Hitchens, its words would live on, transmitted “by way of Shakespeare and Milton and Bunyan and Coleridge.”