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1611 KJV vs 1769 KJV
My Beloved Brother/Sister;
(2 Corinthians 2:17)
Part 1: Wording
3. Punctuation & Capitalization
5. Printing Errors
6. 1611 In Roman Print
Brothers, as you may soon understand, this segment has been devoted to the exploring of two well known bibles among King James Bible readers; the KJV 1611 and the KJV 1769. My intent, is to give you the reader the opportunity to compare and contrast both, the 1611 against the 1769. On the one hand, you have the finished work of 47-50 men who devoted time and effort to present us the finished work that was began by faithful men decades prior. As for the 1769, it is the finished work of Mr. Benjamin Blayney. I am not going to bore you with hear says, for I do not know, nor can I speak on behalf of the King James translators, or of Mr. Blayney. But I will simply point out the differences between the 1611 and the 1769. As to me, I find the 1611 to be the key to my soul. I know this is a topic that brings questions and comments among christian believers. Now, if after reviewing this information you are not persuaded, then, I say, may the Lord bless you and guide you from one glory to the next till we all come to the full knowledge of our Lord and Saviour.
taken from the 1611 cover page.
Read it carefully word for word, and it will answer many questions.
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2 Corinthians 12:7
And least I should bee exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorne in the flesh, the messenger of Sathan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. (1611 KJV)
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. (1769 KJV)
1 Corinthians 15:41
There is one glory of the sunne, another of the moone, and another glorie of the starres: for one starre differeth from another starre in glorie. (1611 KJV)
Is not the meate cut off before your eyes, yea joy and gladnesse from the house of our God? (1611 KJV)
And there stood up one of them, named Agabus, and signified by the spirit, that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to passe in the dayes of Claudius Cesar. (1611 KJV)
Matthew 10:24-25 (1611 KJV)
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater then the Lord: if they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my saying, they will keepe yours also.(KJV 1611)
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. (1769 KJV)
***The difference between "the Lord"(Jesus Christ) and "his lord"(house master, etc.) is significant. We know that capital Lord is reserved for Jesus Christ. "lord" gives reference to a man who exercises the role of authority over his servants; which is precisely, what adulterated modern bibles have done; they have substituted "Lord" for "lord". In context, this verse is saying that we (servants) of Christ, are not greater/over him (our Lord). If I may say, the Roman Catholic Church has a Pope that is called a "Holy Father"; but we know that there is only one Holy Father (John 17:11). How then, can a man obtain the title of God? the Pope is essentially proclaiming himself to be greater than our "Lord".
***As you can see, even in this verse, the word "Lord" is capitalized, to make a clear distinction between Jesus and a man who is called a master or lord by his servants. Did you notice that "Master" is also capitalized? it was done so, to identify Jesus as well. In verse 24, Jesus is making a general statement, that a disciple (student) is not above his master (teacher), and likewise a servant (like that of a house servant) is not above his lord (owner, head of house, etc). In verse 25 Jesus goes on to say that it is enough for the disciple (student) to be as his master (teacher), but rather, to be as his master (teacher). But then Jesus goes on to say that a servant (a christian believer) likewise, should be as his "Lord" (Jesus/himself). Jesus then reinforces this by saying that if they (unbelievers, or in this case, the pharisees) have called the "Master"(Jesus) of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
Here are some selected examples of the differences between the 1611 KJV and today's KJV:
"And she laid up his garment by her, untill *her* lord came home." (Gen. 39:16, 1611 KJV)
"And she laid up his garment by her, until *his* lord came home." (Gen. 39:16, 1769 KJV)
"If the oxe shall push a man servant, or a mayd servant, hee shall give unto their master thirty shekels, and the oxe shalbe stoned." (Ex. 21:32, 1611 KJV)
"If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant; he shall give unto their master thirty shekels *of silver*, and the ox shall be stoned." (Ex. 21:32, 1769 KJV)
"And in all things that I have said unto you, be circumspect: and make no mention of the *names* of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth." (Ex. 23:13, 1611 KJV)
"And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the *name* of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth." (Ex. 23:13, 1769 KJV)
"And if thou bring an oblation of a meate offering baken in the oven, it shall bee *an unleavened cake* of fine flowre mingled with oyle, or unleavened wafers anointed with oyle." (Lev. 2:4, 1611 KJV)
"And if thou bring an oblation of a meat offering baken in the oven, it shall be *unleavened cakes* of fine flour mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil." (Lev. 2:4, 1769 KJV)
"Even those that were numbred of them, throughout their families, by the *houses* of their fathers, were two thousand and sixe hundred and thirtie." (Num 4:40, 1611 KJV)
"Even those that were numbered of them, throughout their families, by the *house* of their fathers, were two thousand and six hundred and thirty." (Num 4:40, 1769 KJV)
"O that there were such an heart in them, that they would feare me, and keepe my commandements alwayes, that it might bee well with them, and with their children for ever." (Deut. 5:29, 1611 KJV)
"O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep *all* my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!" (Deut. 5:29, 1769 KJV)
"And as they that bare the Arke were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the Priestes that bare the Arke, were dipped in the brimme of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks *at* the time of harvest)"
(Josh. 3:15, 1611 KJV)
"And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)"
(Josh. 3:15, 1769 KJV)
2 Kings 11:10
"And to the captaines over hundreds did the Priest give king Davids speares and shields, that were in the Temple." (2 Kg. 11:10, 1611 KJV)
"And to the captains over hundreds did the priest give king David's spears and shields, that were in the temple *of the LORD*." (2 Kg. 11:10, 1769 KJV)
"The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seeke *good.*"
(Psa. 69:32, 1611 KJV)
"The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek *God*."
(Psa. 69:32, 1769 KJV)
"Then I behelde all the worke of God, that a man cannot finde out the worke that is done under the Sunne: because though a man labour to seek it out, yea further though a wise man thinke to know it, yet shall hee not be able to finde it." (Eccl. 8:17, 1611 KJV)
"Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, *yet he shall not find it;* yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it." (Eccl. 8:17, 1769 KJV)
"Sing, O *heaven,* and be joyfull, O earth, and breake forth into singing, O mountaines: for *God* hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted." (Isa. 49:13, 1611 KJV)
"Sing, O *heavens;* and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for *the LORD* hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted." (Isa. 49:13, 1769 KJV)
"So the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As the LORD liveth, that made us this soule, I wil not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seeke thy life."
(Jer 38:16, 1611 KJV)
"So *Zedekiah* the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, *As* the LORD liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life." (Jer 38:16, 1769 KJV)
"Concerning the Ammonites, thus sayth the LORD: Hath Israel no sonnes? hath he no heire? why then doth their king inherit *God*, and his people dwell in his cities?" (Jer. 49:1, 1611 KJV)
"Concerning the Ammonites, thus saith the LORD; Hath Israel no sons? hath he no heir? why then doth their king inherit *Gad*, and his people dwell in his cities?" (Jer. 49:1, 1769 KJV)
"And goe, get thee to them of the captivity, unto *thy people*, and speake unto them and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will heare, or whether they will forbeare."
(Ezek. 3:11, 1611 KJV)
"And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto *the children of thy people*, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear."
(Ezek. 3:11, 1769 KJV)
"For her blood is in the middest of her: she set it upon the toppe of a rocke, she powred it upon the ground to cover it with dust:" (Ezek. 24:7, 1611 KJV).
"For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it *not* upon the ground, to cover it with dust;" (Ezek. 24:7, 1769 KJV)
"And Simon Peter answered, and said, Thou art *Christ* the sonne of the living God." (Mt. 16:16, 1611 KJV)
"And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art *the Christ,* the Son of the living God." (Mt. 16:16, 1769 KJV)
"But when hee saw Jesus afarre off, he *came* and worshipped him," (Mk. 5:6, 1611 KJV)
"But when he saw Jesus afar off, he *ran* and worshipped him," (Mk. 5:6, 1769 KJV)
"It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of *things* from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus," (Lk. 1:3, 1611 KJV)
"It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of *all things* from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus," (Lk. 1:3, 1769 KJV)
"Therefore his *sister* sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, hee whom thou lovest, is sicke."
(Jn. 11:3, 1611 KJV)
"Therefore his *sisters* sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick."
(Jn. 11:3, 1769 KJV)
1 Corinthians 12:28
"And God hath set some in the Church, first Apostles, secondarily Prophets, thirdly Teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helpes in governmets, diversities of tongues." (1 Cor. 12:28, 1611 KJV)
"And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues." (1 Cor. 12:28, 1769 KJV)
***Is Paul speaking of one church administrative gift known as "helps in governments, that is, governing the affairs of the church with teachers, deacons, bishops etc." or is he speaking of two different gifts, a gift of "helps" and a gift of " political governments?"
2 Corinthians 11:32
"In Damascus the governour under Aretas the King, kept the citie with a garison, desirous to apprehend mee." (2 Cor 11:32, 1611 KJV)
"In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city *of the Damascenes* with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:" (2 Cor 11:32, 1769 KJV)
"Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sinceritie."
"Written from Rome unto the Ephesians by Tychicus." (Eph. 6:24, 1611 KJV)
"Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. *Amen*. "
"(To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.)" (Eph. 6:24, 1769 KJV)
1 Timothie 1:4
"Neither give heed to fables, and endlesse genealogies, which minister questions, rather *then edifying* which is in faith: so doe." (1 Tim. 1:4, 1611 KJV)
"Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather *than godly edifying* which is in faith: so do." (1 Tim. 1:4, 1769 KJV)
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2 Timothie 4:13
"The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou commest, bring with thee, but especially the parchments." (2 Tim. 4:13, 1611 KJV)
"The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, *and the books,* but especially the parchments." (2 Tim. 4:13, 1769 KJV)
1 Peter 2:5
"Ye also as lively stones, are built up a spirituall house, an holy Priesthood to offer up spirituall *sacrifice*, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." (1 Pet. 2:5, 1611 KJV)
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual *sacrifices*, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." (1 Pet. 2:5, 1769 KJV)
1 John 5:12
"Hee that hath the Sonne, hath life; and hee that hath not *the Sonne,* hath not life."
(1 Jn. 5:12, 1611 KJV)
"He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not *the Son of God* hath not life."
(1 Jn. 5:12, 1769 KJV)
***These are but a few of the numerous examples of differences in wording and meaning between the 1611 KJV and the 1769 KJV.
The mightie men of Babylon have forborne to fight: they have remained in their holdes: their might hath failed, they became as women: they have burnt their dwelling places: her barres are broken. (1611 KJV)
And by the border of Judah, from the East side unto the West side, shall be the offering which they shall offer of five and twentie thousand reeds in bredth, and in length as one of the other parts, from the East side unto the West side, and the Sanctuarie shall be in the midst of it.
And by the border of Judah, from the east side unto the west side, shall be the offering which ye shall offer of five and twenty thousand reeds in breadth, and in length as one of the other parts, from the east side unto the west side: and the sanctuary shall be in the midst of it. (1769 KJV)
*** Peter could not have said "the" Christ, since, Jesus tells his disciples in verse 20, that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
***In this verse, the KJV 1611 properly identifies "Lord" instead
of "lord" because it is speaking about Jesus, otherwise "lord"
would be referring to a man who: owns, oversees, or rules over
others. the word ware is a peculiar word, it is found 11 times
(Exodus 32:11, Nehemiah 10:31, Nehemiah 13:16 & 20, Ezekiel 27:18 & 33, Matthew 24:50, Luke 8:27, Luke 12:46, Acts 14:6, 2 Timothy 4:15) .The word ware is used in reference to; clothing/alert. Aware, is found 3 times (Song of Solomon 6:12, Jeremiah 50:24, Luke 11:44) and it means to have the knowledge of someone/something. The meaning for Matthew 24:50, is that the servant will not be ware (or alert/slumbers). It can also be viewed as not being clothed (spiritually).
Otherwise, to say, that the servant is "not aware", is to say that he does not know the time nor the hour, in which his Lord will return, which is also true, but in context, the servant becomes careless and has become unalert (not ware of); verse 48 gives us a clue: "My Lord delayeth his comming."
*** the word "further" is found 22 times in the KJV 1611. the word further is used to express "short distance" or a way of saying "more". The word farther is found 4 times, and it expresses "long distance, afar off". Correctly, Matthew 24:39 says "And he went a little "further". In Mark 10:1 the word "farther is properly used; "And he arose from thence, and commeth into the coasts of Judaea by the "farther" side of Jordan:...
***Jesus spoke many words to Peter regarding Peters denial, it began with Satan desiring to have Peter and sift him as wheat, also, how Peter would betray Jesus before the cock crows three times. (Luke 22:31-34)
*** The difference between having and not having the word "the" can bring confusion, since one may be incline to regard "the saints" as a more exclusive group of people.
*** The Spirit, makes reference to the Holy Spirit. See Mark 10:10
*** This changes may seem irrelevant or perhaps very similar. However, the differences are significant. First, we know that capital Master, refers to Jesus, but in the 1611, the word master is not capitalized, so that means that the man running to Jesus saw him as a man (a Good master), and not as the Son of God. We can say this because it was Peter who first revealed that Jesus was the Son of God
(see Matthew 16:13-17). Then Jesus corrects him by saying that there is no "man" good, that is, all men are sinners and are corrupt; Jesus then tells him that there is only one good, that is, God. If we honor the word "Good Master" then it would be saying: Good Lord Jesus ...which would make verse 18 uncomfortable. I think what Jesus was trying to convey to this young ruler was that there is no good men, because all are sinners by nature. Interestingly enough, Jesus who was made of the woman, called the son of man, and who knew no sin, rejects been called Good master. Perhaps the papacy ought to understand this verse well.
before the shearer (1611) vs before his shearer (1769)
***This may be a minor detail, but it shows the importance of accuracy. Just as a sheep would be sheared before the slaughter, Jesus was in like so manner prepared for his death. However the word (the shearer) is symbolical to he or them that partook in his trial, crucifixion, and death (e.g. Pontius Pilate, whom gave the final sentence) or the Roman soldiers who stripped his garments, or it may be applied to the Pharisees and the chief Priest who falsely accused him before Pilate. The word (his) is empathetic, possessive, and this simply cannot be said of Jesus, A good example of the word (his) in conjunction to Jesus, is in Matthew 15:32 (Then Jesus called his disciples unto him...). This whole verse is about Jesus, even though the comparison is to that of a lamb, but did you noticed the word (Lambe)? is in capital letter; who is the Lamb of God? John said: "Behold the Lambe of God, which taketh away the sinne of the world" (John 1:29). The 1769 lower cases the word (lamb) in Acts 8:32.
***MORE TO COME: UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Below is a continuation list of the 1611 and the 1769 word differences in PDF format.
Also, I have located an App that is really useful for searching words in the 1611. This app is called the 1611 KJV Bible. Although this App is not perfect (it does not have the italicized words) is close enough to the 1611. God willing, I will find the way to digitize the 1611 exactly the way it is.
***Click on the links below to access the online version of these two Bibles