21st Century King James Version

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The 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) is a minor update of the King James Version. However, unlike the New King James Version, it does not alter the language significantly from the 1611 version, retaining Jacobean grammar (including "thee" and "thou"), but it does attempt to replace some of the vocabulary which no longer would make sense to a modern reader.

An example from Ezra 9:3

King James Version

...and sat down astonied.

21st Century King James Version

....and sat down stunned.

The KJ21 is also known for its formatting. Passages considered "more familiar" are in bold print, while "less familiar" passages are placed in a sans-serif print. Passages from the Revised Common Lectionary are marked with diamonds, and the translations of names are sometimes included with brackets.

The KJ21 has also been released in an edition with the Apocrypha and without the unusual formatting; this is known as the Third Millennium Bible.

External links

  • www.kj21.com - The official site for the KJ21 version of the Bible
  • KJ21 on BibleGateway.com - The complete text of the 21st Century King James Version, plus version, copyright and publisher information

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