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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.



Q: Where can I buy the original 1611 King James Version?
A: Beware of Bibles that claim to be the 1611 KJV, as some are 1900s KJVs. If you want the original 1611 King James Bible the language is noticeably different than today's English. This 1611 KJV on Amazon has the original 1611 text, but in an easier-to-read Roman typeface rather than Gothic like this.



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Q: Can I quote the King James Bible?
A: Yes, if you live in the United States or anywhere outside of the United Kingdom, you may freely quote the King James Bible (KJV). If you live within the United Kingdom and are wanting to quote the KJV, you may likely do so with no fee if your quote meets certain requirements.


Q: How can I cite the King James Bible for a book or school paper?
A: For use within the body of your document, simply put the chapter and verse in parenthesis after each sentence, like this (John 3:16), or may include reference to the King James Version (KJV) like this (John 3:16 KJV). For a works cited or reference section of a paper, you may use this MLA citation format:

The Holy Bible, King James Version. Cambridge Edition: 1769; King James Bible Online, 2014. http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/.

See Wikipedia for more citation info.



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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.

Examples:

Genesis 1:10
And God called the dry [land] Earth; and the gathering together of
the waters called he Seas: and God saw that [it was] good.

Proverbs 30:11
[There is] a generation [that] curseth their father, and doth not bless
their mother.

Romans 6:5
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall
be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection:



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Q: Why do people read the King James Version?
A: The King James Version is a widely trusted English version of the Bible. The process of the translation was done with meticulous attention to detail in its accuracy from converting the original Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. Learn more facts about the King James Bible or learn why people read the King James Version.