Word Replacements

The King James Version Easy Read Bible (KJVER®) is a unique Bible study tool.

The basic text, of course, is the beloved King James Version of 1611, with replacements of seventeenth-century words which are no longer in use today and changes in spelling from British to American English. For example, seventeenth century verb forms, like knoweth, shouldest, shalt, etc., have been changed to their modern forms: knows, should, shall, etc. Examples of words changed to American spelling include labour to labor, offence to offense, and fulfilment to fulfillment. Seventeenth-century pronouns (thee, thy, ye, etc.) have been updated as well, with care taken to preserve their singular or plural forms which the modern equivalent might not specify. (See below.) Additionally, words that are no longer in use have been changed to their modern equivalent, such as wist to knew, even to evening, and smite to strike. The goal of these carefully considered adjustments is to leave the original verse structure of the KJV intact while at the same time increasing its readability for contemporary audiences.

In all this, the King James translation is still presented in its verbal, formal-equivalent accuracy. It remains a word-for-word translation, as opposed to a subjective, dynamic-equivalent translation. Modernizing second-person pronouns and verb forms eliminates about 98 percent of the confusion that modern readers have with the language of the King James Version. For reference, the full list of the original words and what they have been replaced with is available here and in the front of each KJVER Bible.

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