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.

Alterations

Unlike the New King James Version, the 21st Century King James Version does not alter the language significantly from the King James Version. The author has eliminated "obsolete words." The changes in words are based on the second edition of the "Webster's New International Dictionary." There were no changes related to gender or theology.

Examples comparing the old to the new:

Verse 21st Century King James Version King James Version
Ezra 9:3 ....and sat down stunned. ...and sat down astonied.
Isaiah 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
Luke 11:27 ....the breasts which thou hast sucked". ...the paps which thou hast sucked".
Romans 8:4 that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now holdeth back will hold him back, until he is taken out of the way. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your manner of living be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have. For He hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”; Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

The 21st Century King James Version 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 21st Century King James Version 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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