Differences Between the KJV Translations

I came across this the other day and needed a place to store and remember it. It’s a list of changes from the 1611 KJV to the (more popular) 1769 KJV. I don’t know if it’s exhaustive, but I did look up a few of them. KJVOs crack me up. ..except when they go overboard, because then they’re guilty of idolatry.

— ‘…and *he* went into the city.’ Today’s KJVs read ‘…and *she* went into the city.’
— ‘…and your heart shall liue that seeke *goode*.’ Today’s KJVs read, ‘…and your heart shall live that seek *God*.’
— ‘…and euery man his handmaide, whom *yee* had set at libertie….’ Today’s KJVs read, ‘…and every man his handmaid, whom *he* had set at liberty….’
These are clear changes in substance.

The 1611 original also had over 8,000 marginal notes suggesting alternative translations and uncertainty about some words in the original languages. Yet KJVOs often vilify modern versions for just that.

Also, the original 1611-KJV contained the Apocrypha, including cross references to the Apocrypha in the canonical books, without any disclaimer that the references weren’t to inspired Scripture:
— the note in the margin reads, ‘2 Macc. 6:9,’ a cross-reference to a book of 2 Maccabees in the Apocrypha
— the note in the margin reads, ‘Ecclus. 7:16,’ a cross-reference to a book of Ecclesiasticus in the Apocrypha
— the note in the margin reads, ‘Wisd. 2:15,16,’ a cross-reference to a book of Wisdom in the Apocrypha
— the note in the margin reads, ‘4 Esd. 1:30,’ a cross-reference to a book of 4 Esdra in the Apocrypha
— the note in the margin reads, ‘Tob. 4:7,’ a cross-reference to a book of Tobit in the Apocrypha
— the note in the margin reads, ‘1 Macc. 4:59,’ a cross-reference to a book of 1 Maccabees in the Apocrypha
— the note in the margin reads, ‘2 Macc. 7:7,’ a cross-reference to a book of 2 Maccabees in the Apocrypha
And why did their ‘Scripture’ reading schedule include apocryphal books?

Some marginal notes in the KJV-1611:

— ‘Or, a yeere and foure moneths. Heb. dayes, foure moneths’
— ‘Or, Mabnadebai, according to some copies’
— ‘Or, (as some reade) into smoke’
— ‘Some reade, Iosias begate Iakim, and Iakim begat Iechonias’
— ‘Many Greeke copies haue, gaue thanks.’
— ‘Or, diligently, in the originall, with the fist: Theophilact, up to the elbowe.’
— ‘Many ancient copies adde these words, And turning to his Disciples he said’
— ‘This 36. verse is wanting in most of the Greek copies’
— a marginal note indicating that this verse, which is identical to , appears in is some manuscripts
— the note in the margin reads, ‘Or, office: or, charge’ — often used in modern translations, a less Anglican translation than ‘Bishopricke.’
— a marginal note containing the Greek text of an alternate reading ‘according to the Sept. [Septuagint — which Waite vilifies!] and so Chrysost.’ [John Chrystostom, one of the church fathers], as well as a cross-reference to the Apocrypha (2 Maccabees 7:27)
— ‘Or, as some copies reade, no more then eight or ten dayes’
— ‘Some reade, both your, and their master’
— ‘Some copies reade, by thy workes’
— ‘Some reade, for you’
— three alternate readings in the margins on the same page
— ‘Or, gained. Some copies reade, which yee haue gained, but that ye receiue &c.’

The common KJVO charge is that marginal notes confuse readers …


15 And he said, “Bring the garment you are wearing and hold it out.” So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley and put it on her. Then she went into the city. (ESV)


32 When the humble see it they will be glad;
you who seek God, let your hearts revive. (ESV)


16 but then you turned around and profaned my name when each of you took back his male and female slaves, whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them into subjection to be your slaves. (ESV)


25 By his cunning he shall make deceit prosper under his hand, and in his own mind he shall become great. Without warning he shall destroy many. And he shall even rise up against the Prince of princes, and he shall be broken—but by no human hand. (ESV)


“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. (ESV)


37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! (ESV)


43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” (ESV)


13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, (ESV)


22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, (ESV)


35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. (ESV)


And his concubine was unfaithful to him, and she went away from him to her father’s house at Bethlehem in Judah, and was there some four months. (ESV)


40 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai, (ESV)


For my days pass away like smoke,
and my bones burn like a furnace. (ESV)


11 and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. (ESV)


26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” (ESV)


(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands, holding to the tradition of the elders, (ESV)


22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (ESV)


35 There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.” 37 And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” (ESV)


13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. (ESV)


24 Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. (ESV)


13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. (ESV)


20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms,

“‘May his camp become desolate,
and let there be no one to dwell in it’;

and

“‘Let another take his office.’ (ESV)


18 And for about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness.

Acts 13:34

18 And for about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness.

Acts 13:34

34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,

“‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’ (ESV)


After he stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea. And the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. (ESV)


Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him. (ESV)


18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. (ESV)


21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. (ESV)


And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.

2 Peter 2:11

11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord.

2 Peter 2:18

And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.

2 Peter 2:11

11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord.

2 Peter 2:18

18 For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. (ESV)


Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. (ESV)

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