Q: Spelling: Does the 1611 King James Bible have spelling errors?
A: These are not spelling errors you are seeing, but a difference of language. The King James Bible is written a long time ago in 1611 A.D. when the English language was different and had more Latin influence. Some people consider the language then to be archaic compared to the English we speak today, but English speakers back then would likewise feel the same about our English language today! As the language evolved, the King James Bible was revised in 1769, which is much easier to understand for us, but still contains some odd phrases and sayings we're not used to hearing today.
The 1611 wording reveals the English language having a closer association with its Latin roots in 1611 than in 1769. The I's in 1611 later become J's in 1769. The spelling of Jesus as Iesus reveals's the stronger association with Latin in earlier English. V's and U's were also later exchanged as the language developed. Some people find the syntax and archaic language of the King James Bible hard to understand. Others admire the beauty of the language and its poetic feel. Read more about the English Spelling of the King James Bible...
If you want a version easier to read, try the New American Standard Version on The Study Bible.
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Q: What do the words in italics or [brackets] mean?
A: These are words the translators added from the Hebrew and Greek to make the English complete. It is also seen in italics in some Bibles.
And God called the dry [land] Earth; and the gathering together of
the waters called he Seas: and God saw that [it was] good.
[There is] a generation [that] curseth their father, and doth not bless
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall
be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection:
Q: How can I cite the King James Bible for a book or school paper?
A: For regular use, simply put the chapter and verse in parenthesis after each sentence, like this (John 3:16). For a works cited or reference section of your paper, use this MLA citation format:
The Holy Bible, King James Version. New York: Oxford Edition: 1769; King James Bible Online, 2008. http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/.
Example of citing a specific publication of the Bible: The New Jerusalem Bible. Susan Jones, gen. ed. New York: Doubleday, 1985. See Wikipedia for more citation info.
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