An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The End of the Defined King James Bible

These publishers call their effort the King James Bible and use KJB instead of King James Version with a KJV.  This reflects their core belief that it is the only real Bible.  They belong to the group of people that I would call “King James Only.”  I do not say this to discredit them, only so you will understand their convictions.

What is unique about this publication is that the editors concede the outdated, archaic nature of the KJV but still claim it is the best.  In order to make it understandable they have gone through and given footnotes at key places to clarify the meanings.  Thus words such as “froward,” “suffer” and “conversation” are explained.  Thus they retain the traditional text and provide a new translation at the same time. 

They also explain at the beginning of each book the old words “ye” and “thou” and how they are used.  At the end of each book they review the endings “eth” and “est” that were used three hundred years ago.

The defining of words has some interesting choices.  They do not only define archaic words but also words that our illiterate generation would not know.  For instance in Chapter 6 they define mischief, discord and calamity.  But then they do not define reproach.  I might make different editorial choices but that is a matter of opinion not a judgement.

I found it helpful.  If you like the KJV but find that in places it does not seem clear, this might be a tool for you.  The one I have was given to my wife by friends who honestly believe that the King James is the only accurate translation.  I find it a valuable part of my library.

I have no vested interest in plugging this but if you want to look at it more you can check out the website of The Bible for Today.  If you are ordering, I would really recommend getting the genuine leather.  The one I have is very high quality materials.  The print is simple but the book itself is constructed to last, look good and feel good in your hand.

Grace and peace.


Gorges Smythe said...

I read a King James, and study with a NASB and a Halley's Bible Commentary. I also use's site to check the Names of God version, the NLT and sometimes other versions. As much as I love the King James, it was merely the Living Bible of the day.

Pumice said...

I have never heard it expressed that way. I like it. Of course when I quote you it will drive my King James Only friends crazy.

Grace and peace.