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King James Version

King James Version, or KJV
King James Version, or KJV, is the most important book ever written in the English language. 

The King James Version is one of five Bible versions, or translations, available on Bible Nav —

The King James Version dates from 1611.  The revision displayed on Bible Nav dates from 1769.  The King James Version is in the Public Domain. 

The King James Version of the Bible, without doubt the most influential book ever written in the English language, can be called a ‘formal equivalence’ translation.  The translation had good Biblical scholarship behind it and is still valuable as one of your study Bibles or as your daily reading Bible. 

For whatever reason, the translators of the King James Version decided to not display the name of God in the Old Testament, instead replacing it with uppercase LORD.  Here is an example —

Psa 113:1 :  Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. 

In a very few places, the names Jehovah and Jah are displayed, contributing to the complaint of inconsistency that is often leveled at the KJV. 

Throughout both the Old Testament and the New Testament, many archaic English words appear in the KJV.  For example, the archaic word “gospel” is used in this passage —

Rom 1:1 :  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 

Punctuation and formatting, of course, do not exist in the earliest copies of the Hebrew Old Testament or Greek New Testament manuscripts.  For the King James Version, some formatting has been provided, although in most printed copies it isn't apparent (if you look carefully at older, quality print copies, you'll see the paragraph mark ‘¶’ at the beginning of certain verses). 

Another punctuation convention used by KJV is to have ‘added’ words (words not found in the original text but supplied by the translators) printed in italics.  This important convention is often not followed by many KJV print editions. 

More information on the King James Version is located on Wikipedia —

King James Version on Wikipedia


King James Version, or KJV