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Biblical English of The KJV 1611 - "Archaic Words"?

Does The Authorized Version Contain Archaic Words?

“The Authorized Version of the Bible is the best-selling, most read, most loved, and most revered book in history. This is beyond dispute. But doesn’t the Authorized Version contain archaic words? Certainly. Should we therefore replace it with something else? Certainly not. This is what is disputed. The Authorized Version of the Bible is often lauded for its place in literature, its majestic style, and its poetic rhythm, but unfortunately, these statements are always qualified by the charge that the language of the Authorized Version is archaic Elizabethan English. Since the publication of the Authorized Version in 1611, a steady stream of new and updated English Bibles have appeared. Although many accusations have been hurled at the Authorized Version down through the years in regards to the merit of its underlying Greek text, its many supposed mistranslations, and the character of its namesake, every new English translation since 1611 has charged the Authorized Version with having archaic words that render it unintelligible, difficult, or misleading. But this charge is starting to wear thin, for every six months a new English translation of the Bible appears on the market with the claim that its modern, up-to-date, contemporary language is needed to make the Bible more understandable. Nevertheless, it is apparent that the Authorized Version does contain some archaic words that need explanation.

It is our contention, however, that the Authorized Version is the Bible for English speaking Christians and the standard by which all other versions should be judged. Just as a certain vocabulary is necessary to understand science, medicine, engineering, or computers, so to learn and understand the Bible one must be familiar with its vocabulary instead of dragging it down to one’s own level. And just as no one revises Shakespeare or Milton, but instead learns the vocabulary necessary to understand those particular works, so every man who desires to read and understand the Bible must first become acquainted with the vocabulary of the Authorized version rather than revise it. But even though it contains archaic words, the Authorized Version is no more archaic than daily newspapers, current magazines, and modern Bible versions. Contemporary publications often use words that are unintelligible to the average reader, yet they are either ignored, guessed at, or looked up in a dictionary – no one ever cancels their subscription or writes a letter to the editor of the respective publication to complain that it uses archaic words.

How many people canceled their subscription to The Weekly Standard because it used the word ecdysiasts? How many people got upset with PC Computing because it contained the word pachyderm? But not only do contemporary publications use difficult words, they often employ words in the Authorized Version that are supposedly archaic. In the last few years Astronomy magazine has used archaic words like wax, buffet, thither, and imagery. The Detroit News saw nothing wrong with the words betwixt and doth. However, when it comes to the use of archaic words, modern Bible versions are the greatest culprits. The NIV, touted as one of the most easy-to-read modern versions, is the worst when it comes to archaic words.

Not only does the NIV retain supposedly archaic AV words like coney, mattock, and asunder, it regularly updates simple words in the Authorized Version to a more formidable word. Why did the NIV alter sad to “disheartened”? What was the point in updating cup to “goblet”? The NASB, NKJV, and NRSV are almost as bad.

Does the AV contain archaic words? Certainly. But perhaps a better question would be: Do contemporary publications like Time, U.S. News & World Report, the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and the New Republic contain archaic words? They unquestionably do. Also without dispute is the striking revelation that modern, up-to-date Bible versions like the NRSV, NASB, NIV, and NKJV likewise contain archaic words.

So that fact that the AV contains archaic words is just that, a fact that should be accepted. For just as no one revises Shakespeare or Milton, but instead learns the vocabulary necessary to understand those particular works, and just as a certain vocabulary is necessary to understand science, medicine, engineering, or computers, and just as no one ever cancels their subscription or writes a letter to the editor of a contemporary publication to complain that it uses archaic words, and just as no one ever complains about archaic words surfacing in modern Bible versions, so to read and understand the Bible one must be familiar with the vocabulary of the AV instead of dragging it down to one’s own level by revising it.

Does the AV contain archaic words? Certainly. Should we therefore replace it with something else. Certainly not.”


Excerpt from: Does The Authorized Version Contain Archaic Words? By Laurence M. Vance




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QUESTIONS FOR THE KJV CRITICS  

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SCRIPTURE PRESERVATION AND SCRIPTURE CORRUPTION  

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KING JAMES VERSION "ERRORS"  

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RETURN TO THE OLD PATHS  

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THE KJV's ITALICIZED WORDS  

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LEFT BEHIND BY THE JESUITS  

THE SECRET RAPTURE  

THE TESTIMONY OF THE REFORMERS  

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AUTHENTIC KING JAMES VERSION HOLY BIBLES PRINTED BETWEEN 1611 and 2010
Comparing the Texts of these early KJV Bibles with a modern un-corrupt KJV shows that the Authorized Version of 1611 has
never gone through a single Textual Revision and proves that God has indeed kept his promise to preserve his pure word.

THE HOLY BIBLE, Printed in 1611
Seeing its readings proves to cynics that the KJV's text has never been "revised" and is identical to that used today
(except for the rare 1611 typographical slips which were shortly thereafter fixed by King James translators themselves).

THE HOLY BIBLE, Printed in 1637  

THE HOLY BIBLE, Printed in 1772  

THE HOLY BIBLE, Printed in 1787
  THE HOLY BIBLE, Printed in 1829  

THE HOLY BIBLE, Printed in 1872  

THE HOLY BIBLE, Printed in 1903
 
THE HOLY BIBLE, Printed in 2010

You can now purchase a 1611 King James Version 400th Anniversary Edition at a very low price. Published by Zondervan this is an exact, page-by-page, digitally re-mastered replica of the original 1611 printing, re-sized to a convenient 8.1 x 5.7 x 3 inches, and contains the original Old English Black Letter font. Click Here
 
Compare these scripture verses, John 14:16, John 16:7, I Corinthians 1:18, II Corinthians 2:15, Revelation 1:18 and Revelation 20:13,14, in modern bible versions such as the NIV and the NKJV and you will see that the KJV's superior "Comforter" has been replaced by a subordinate "helper"; and the assurance of our present salvation here and now where we "are saved" by grace through faith has been replaced by a works-based salvation where we are in the process of "being saved" by our own good works; and the word "hell" has been omitted thereby obscuring its philological meaning.  

It is no coincident that new bible versions often agree with the Jehovah Witnesses New World Translation and the Roman Catholic New American Bible. For those who take the time to “[search] the scriptures daily” to “[p]rove all things”, and “search out a matter” to “try the spirits” and do their own research (Acts 17:11; I Thess. 5:21; Prov. 25:2; I John 4:1), the serpent's signature can be seen subtly weaved into the pages of new bible versions. There is overwhelming evidence exposing the nature of the unholy omissions, additions and substitutions and the spiritual forces responsible for the changes (Isa. 14:14; II Cor. 2:17; 11:14,15; Eph. 6:12; II Thess. 2:3,11; I Tim. 4:1; Rev. 13:8).

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“In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” (Matt. 18:16; II Cor. 13:1)

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BIBLE VERSIONS - WHICH IS THE REAL WORD OF GOD?  

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FREE MASONRY EXPOSED  

GOD and AMERICA  

GOT MORALS ?  

HISTORY OF BAPTISM  

HISTORY OF THE RED LETTER EDITION  

IMPORTANT NEWS ARTICLES  

IN AWE OF THY WORD  

IN DEFENSE OF ERASMUS  

IS SUNDAY SACRED AND HOLY ?  

JESUS' BIRTH - THE UNTOLD STORY  

KING JAMES VERSION BIBLE FACTS  

KJV 1611 - THE MYTH OF EARLY REVISIONS
  LUCIFER: ANGEL OF LIGHT - FATHER OF LIES  

NEW AGE BIBLE VERSIONS  

OLD TESTAMENT TEXTS  

ONLY ONE GOD  

PROPHECIES OF THE MESSIAH FULFILLED IN JESUS CHRIST  

REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY  

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ROMAN CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT CONFESSIONS ABOUT SUNDAY  

SCRIPTURES FROM THE HOLY BIBLE  

SEPTUAGINT  

SPIRITUAL   ADULTERY  

THE 1611 KJV DEDICATORY  

THE BIG BANG  

THE CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD (By A Former Priest)  

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND  

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THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT  

THE SEVEN SEALS OF THE HOLY BIBLE  

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS  

THE TRUE SABBATH  

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