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Some Thoughts on the “archaic” Language of the King James Bible.

 

Some Thoughts on the “archaic” Language of the King James Bible.


“Should we dump the King James Bible because of archaic language?”

Short video (2 1/2 minutes) by Jack McElroy and David Daniels 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piDpysQw5MM

 


 

 

 

Hi all. What I find to be interesting and I think is a very significant "coincidence" is that the KJB critics, the Bible agnostics and the unbelievers in an inerrant Bible often complain about the "archaic" language of the King James Bible and they tell us "We don't talk that way today. We need a bible in modern English we can all understand." 


Then when we ask them to show us what they think IS the inerrant words of God, they usually end up referring us back to "the" Greek and Hebrew (although they don't tell us WHICH "the" Greek and Hebrew they refer to.)


Well, both "the" Greek and "the" Hebrew that were used to translate the Bible into other languages are "archaic" forms of the language.  


The people who speak modern Hebrew and modern Greek do NOT speak the way biblical Greek and Hebrew are written.


The spelling is different. The vocabulary is different. The way they are spoken is different. But they CAN understand the biblical Greek and Hebrew - the Greek with a bit more practice and training.  Modern Greek is really quite a bit different than biblical Greek.


But think about this.  It is the same with the English text of the King James Bible. 


It is slightly "archaic" with all those "thee, thou, thy, and ye"s in there, but this is actually far more accurate than the generic "you" of today's modern English.  


Yet English speaking people can understand the language of the King James Bible and know what it says.


The Hebrew speaking Jews and the Greek speaking Greeks of today can understand the older and more archaic forms of their own languages, and no Bible believing Hebrew or Bible believing Greek would even THINK of "updating" or abandoning  their Hebrew O.T. or their Greek N.T.


Do you see the pattern here?  God sees the end from the beginning and he knew that his true words would be preserved in a slightly "archaic" form in the last days.


This is actually a good thing.  When we read the King James Bible, it is written like no other book.  We know just from the sound of it, that it has been around for a long time.  It contains timeless truths.  Eternal truths.


And the fact that it does not read like today's newspaper is a good thing.  It has the sound of authority and you have to stop and think about what it is saying.  The words begin to sink down into your mind and heart.


The KJB is far easier to memorize and quote from than the modern speech versions are, precisely because it IS different and it has a musical cadence to it.  The King James Bible was written to be read out loud. They did it this way on purpose.


And when the preacher or Bible teacher stops quoting God's words and begins to give us his own words and thoughts, we can immediately tell the difference between the two, just because of the way it is sounds and it spoken.


I believe these are GOOD things and God's own deliberate pattern.


Think about it.


"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."  Luke 8:8


For more on this, See Archaic and Inerrant" beats "Modernized and Wrong" Any Day of the Week.


http://brandplucked.webs.com/archaickjb.htm



What about that archaic word WOT and WOTTETH?


The old English word “WOT” is found 10 times in the King James Bible.  Six times in the Old Testament (Genesis 21:26; 44:15; Exodus 32:1, 23; Numbers 22:6; Joshua 2;5) and 4 times in the New Testament (Acts 3:17; 7:40; Romans 11:2, Philippians 1:22).  


“And Abimelech said, I WOT not who hath done this thing: neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.”  Genesis 21:26


“And now, brethren, I WOT that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.”  Acts 3:17


The verb “wotteth” is found one time and is used in Genesis 39:8 - “Behold, my master WOTTETH not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand.”


It simply means TO KNOW. It comes from the English verb “TO WIT”, which in turn means “to know”.



Merriam-Webster Dictionary - wot - present tense first and third person of WIT.


Oxford Dictionary - wot - archaic to know.


Webster’s 1828 Dictionary - WOT, verb intransitive To know; to be aware.


Not only does the King James Bible use this older word WOT meaning “to know” but so too do the following Bible translations. I won’t list all the times they use it; just an example or two.

Wycliffe bible 1390 - “for we WOT not, what hath befallen to this Moses” (Exodus 32;23), Coverdale 1535 - “Abner sayde: As truly as thy soule lyueth O kynge, I WOTE not.” (1 Samuel 17:55), The Great Bible 1540, Matthew’s Bible 1549, the Bishops’ Bible 1568 - “where is Habel thy brother? Which sayde I wote not: Am I my brothers keper?” (Genesis 4:9), the Geneva Bible 1599 - “But he denied before them all, saying, I WOT not what thou sayest.” (Matthew 26:70) and others,  The Revised Version 1885 - “And now, brethren, I WOT that in ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers”, The Ancient Hebrew Bible 1907, The Clarke N.T. 1913 - “WOT ye not what the scripture saith of Elijah? 


 


Articles on some “archaic” words.


Thou and Ye

 

Why those "thee"s and "ye"s are more accurate.


http://brandplucked.webs.com/theeandye.htm



Conversation



1 Peter 3:1 "Likewise ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands: that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the CONVERSATION of the wives: While they behold your chaste CONVERSATION coupled with fear."


http://brandplucked.webs.com/1pet31conversation.htm


Philippians 3:20 "For our CONVERSATION is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ."


http://brandplucked.webs.com/phil320conversation.htm



to Suffer


“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”  Mark 10:14

 

http://brandplucked.webs.com/suffertocomeuntome.htm


to Let


 “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now LETTETH will LET, until he be taken out of the way.”  2 Thessalonians 2:7


http://brandplucked.webs.com/archaictolet.htm


Pitiful 


James 5:11 - "the Lord is very PITIFUL, and of tender mercy."


http://brandplucked.webs.com/james23gay.htm


to Prevent 


1 Thessalonians 4:15 KJB - “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not PREVENT them which are asleep.”


http://brandplucked.webs.com/prevent.htm


Example vs. Ensample - Is there a real difference?


http://brandplucked.webs.com/exampleensample.htm



See also "Neesings, Habergeon and Leasing"

 

http://brandplucked.webs.com/neeshaberleasing.htm

 

What About The English Word BEWRAY, as in “…for thy speech BEWRAYETH thee.”  Matthew 26:73?


http://brandplucked.webs.com/bewrayvsbetray.htm

 


God bless.