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What about that "archaic" word "coasts" in the King James Bible?

What about the English word “COAST”?

One Bible critic, who himself has NO complete and inerrant Bible in ANY language either to believe in himself or to give to anybody else, tells us:

“The English word “coast” in the days of the 1611 KJV did not refer just to a seacoast. It was used in those days as the side or border of a country. Thus the 1611 King James Bible says of the apostle Paul, “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper COASTS came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples.” (Acts 19:1) The Updated American Standard Version reads, “And it happened that while Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the INLAND REGIONS and came to Ephesus and found some disciples.” Why the revised rendering? First, the Bible record shows that Paul “went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.” a journey that would have taken him nowhere near a seacoast! (Acts 18:23) The Greek (νωτερικός anōterikos) refers to an area that is, in fact, situated away from an areas coast or border, the inland, interior, upper regions of an area. Many similar examples could be cited.”

Let’s take a closer look at this “outdated and obsolete” word “coast”.


The Dictionaries like the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and the American Heritage Dictionary tell us that the “obsolete” meaning of the word coast is “The frontier or border of a country.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary - Coast - obsolete : Border, Frontier.

Webster’s New World Dictionary -coast (obsolete) -  frontier; borderland

The Infoplease Dictionary lists several definitions of the word “coast”. Notice Number 5 in this list -


— n.

  1. the land next to the sea; seashore: the rocky coast of Maine.
  2. the region adjoining it: They live on the coast, a few miles from the sea.
  3. a hill or slope down which one may slide on a sled.
  4. a slide or ride down a hill or slope, as on a sled.

 Webster’s Dictionary 1828 lists the Biblical meaning of the word “coast” first.

COAST, noun

1. The exterior line, limit or BORDER OF A COUNTRY, as in Scripture. From the river to the uttermost sea shall your coast be. Deuteronomy 11:24. And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim. Numbers 24:24. Hence the word MAY SIGNIFY THE WHOLE COUNTRY within certain limits. Exodus 10:4

2. The edge or margin of the land next to the sea; the sea-shore. This is the more common application of the word; and it seems to be used for sea-coast, the border of the sea. Hence it is never used for the bank of a river.

Notice too that Webster mentions the first usage of the word “coast”, as found in the King James Bible (and many others as we shall soon see) in Exodus 10:4 and 10:14 as meaning “the whole country within certain limits”

Exodus 10:4 - “Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy COAST”

Exodus 10:14 - “And the locust went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in ALL THE COASTS of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.

In the New Testament we see a similar usage found in such passages as Matthew Matthew 2:16, Acts 13:50 and Acts 26:20.

Matthew 2:16 - “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in ALL THE COASTS THEREOF, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.”

Acts 13:50 - “But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their COASTS.”

Acts 26:20 - “But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout ALL THE COASTS of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

When the King James Bible makes a distinction between the “coasts” (region) inland versus the coast of the sea it just comes out and says “the sea coast.”

We see this in places like  Ezekiel 25:16 - “the remnant of THE SEA COAST.” Or “Woe unto the inhabitants of THE SEA COAST, the nation of the Cherethites!” In Zephaniah 2:5.

Zephaniah 2:6 - “And THE SEA COAST shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.”

Matthew 4:13 - “And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon THE SEA COAST, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:”

Not only does the King James Bible use the word “coasts” to refer to either the border of a land, whether inland or not, or to the whole country, but so too do the following Bible translations-

Wycliffe 1395, Tyndale 1524, Coverdale 1535, The Great Bible 1540, Matthew’s Bible 1549, the Bishops’ Bible 1568, the Geneva Bible 1587, the Beza New Testament 1599, Douay-Rheims 1610,  Whiston’s N.T. 1745.

The English Revised Version 1885 - “So they sought for a fair damsel throughout ALL THE COASTS of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king.” 1 Kings 1:3

NKJV 1982 - “"Indeed, what have you to do with Me, O Tyre and Sidon, and ALL THE COASTS of Philistia?” - Joel 3:4

The Conservative Bible 2010 - “And then the entire city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw Him, they begged Him to go away from their COASTS.”  Matthew 8:34

The Tomson New Testament 2002 - “and sent forth, and slew all the male children that were in Bethlehem, and in ALL THE COASTS thereof, from two year old and under” Matthew 2:16.

The Jewish Virtual Library Tanach 1994 - “He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in ALL THEIR COASTS. He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land. He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their COASTS.”  Psalms 105:31-33.

The Hebrew Transliteration Scriptures 2010 -

“He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, [and] lice in all their COASTS.” Psalms 105:31

Related topics.

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

And - The "Old fashioned language" of the King James Bible

"Archaic and Inerrant" beats "Modernized and Wrong" Any Day of the Week.

ALL of grace, believing the Book - the King James Holy Bible,

Will Kinney