The Riches OF GRACE

“hath appeared to all men.” Titus 2:11

Robert W. Reed

 

 

 

Words Easier to Understand in the Other Versions?

 

“All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.”

Proverbs 8:8-9

 

     In this article we will explore one of the major objections the critics use against the King James Bible (the Authorized Version). They say the new versions are easier to understand and clear up the archaic language found in the King James Bible. Some of these new versions have been marketed by advertising their readability. But the Authorized Version still remains the easiest English Bible to read and understand.

   Although I am only giving fifty-four word changes in this article, please keep in mind that there are literally thousands of changes.

 

“The Bible is a child’s book. A child may know it. The child Timothy did.”

- J. Wells

 

     Please note that many of the words that are changed in the modern versions may have the same meaning as the King James Bible but are not easier to understand. The truth is, they have become more complicated to the reader. The following is a list of comparisons:

 

            KJV - King James Version

            RSV - Revised Standard Version

            NIV - New International Version

            NASV - New American Standard Version

            NKJV - New King James Version

            NRSV - New Revised Standard Version

 

1. Job 6:6                                                   2. Gen. 12:9

     KJV - White of an egg                              KJV - South

     RSV - Slime of the purslane                     RSV - Negeb

 

3. Num. 21:14                                           4. Num. 13:33

     KJV - What he did in the Red Sea           KJV - Giant

     RSV - Waheb in suphah                           RSV - Nephilim

 

5. Isa. 15:6                                                6. Joel 2:30

     KJV - There is no green thing                   KJV - Wonders

     RSV - The verdure is no more                  RSV - Portents

 

7. Rom. 12:11                                           8. Gen. 14:1

     KJV - Not slothful in business                  KJV - Nations

     RSV - Never flag in zeal                           RSV - Goiim

 

9. Gen. 18:8                                              10. Gen. 49:14

     KJV - Butter                                             KJV - Strong

     NIV - Curds                                              NIV - Rawboned

 

11. Num. 11:4                                           12. Duet. 21:20

     KJV - Mixed multitude                            KJV - Glutton

     NIV - Rabble                                            NIV - Profligate

 

13. I King 6:3                                            14. I King 7:6

     KJV - Porch                                              KJV - Porch

     NIV - Portico                                            NIV - Colonnade

 

15. I King 4:22                                          16. Isa. 16:6

     KJV - Measures                                        KJV - Very

     NIV - Cors                                                NIV - Overweening

 

17. Isa. 20:3                                              18. Isa. 13:8

      KJV - Wonder                                         KJV - Amazed

      NIV - Portent                                           NIV - Aghast

 

19. Ezek. 40:13                                         20. Matt. 2:1

     KJV - Little Chamber                               KJV - Wisemen

     NIV - Alcove                                            NIV - Magi

 

21. 2 Tim. 2:20                                          22. Gen. 38:9

     KJV - Dishonour                                       KJV - Spilled

     NIV - Ignoble                                           NKJV - Emitted

 

23. Isa. 28: 4                                             24. Ezek. 31:4

     KJV - Fat                                                  KJV - Little rivers

     NKJV - Verdant                                       NKJV - Rivulets

 

25. Dan. 5:16                                            26. Micah 1:13

     KJV - Doubts                                            KJV - Beast

     NKJV - Enigmas                                       NKJV - Steeds

 

27. Zech. 10:3                                           28. Ezra 8:36

     KJV - Goats                                              KJV - King’s lieutenants

     NKJV - Goatherds                                    NKJV - King’s satraps

 

29. Acts 13:7                                             30. Mt. 20:2

     KJV - Deputy                                           KJV - Penny

     NKJV - Proconsul                                     NASV - Denarius

 

31. Num. 21:12                                         32. Num. 21:14

     KJV - Valley                                             KJV - Brooks

     NASV - Wadi                                           NASV - Wadis

 

33. I Kings 14:23                                      34. Ester 1:6

     KJV - Green                                              KJV - Red

     NASV - Luxuriant                                    NASV - Porphyry

 

35. Job 28:18                                             36. Job 19:24

     KJV - Price                                               KJV - Pen

     NASV - Acquisition                                 NASV - Stylus

 

37. Job 16:11                                             38. Ps. 132:6

     KJV - The ungodly                                   KJV - Wood

     NASV - Ruffians                                      NASV - Jaar

 

39. Isa. 16:8                                              40. Jer. 18:18

     KJV - Branches                                         KJV - Wise

     NASV - Tendrils                                       NASV - Sage

 

41. Dan. 3:2                                              42. Mt. 5:15

     KJV - Princes                                            KJV - Bushel

     NASV - Satraps                                        NASV - Peck measure

 

43. Luke 7:32                                            44. Acts 12:21

     KJV - Have mourned                                KJV - Throne

     NASV - Sang a dirge                                NASV - Rostrum

 

45. II Cor. 1:17                                         46. II Cor. 11:32

     KJV - Minded                                           KJV - Governor

     NASV - Vacillating                                  NASV - Ethnarch

 

47. Lev. 21:10                                           48. Lev. 1:12

     KJV - Uncover                                          KJV - Fat

     NRSV - Dishevel                                      NRSV - Suet

 

49. Job 26:7                                               50. Song of Solomon 3:9

     KJV - North                                              KJV - Chariot

     NRSV - Zaphon                                        NRSV - Palanquin

 

51. Jer. 46:20                                             52. Nahum 2:5

     KJV - Destruction                                     KJV - Defence

     NRSV - Gadfly                                        NRSV - Mantelet

 

53.Acts 27:17                                            54. II Peter 2:18

     KJV - Quicksands                                     KJV - Great swelling words

     NRSV - Syrtis                                           NRSV - Bombastic

 

 

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”  Acts 16:31

 

 

Victory Baptist Church

Pastor Robert W. Reed

14473 Bellingrath Road

P.O. Box 257

Coden, Alabama 36523

(251) 873-4422