A Guide to the language of the King James Version

This page might not appear properly with some display resolution settings The language of the King James Version consists of words and grammatical features that may be unfamiliar to some readers.  This page is designed to help such readers by explaining some of the most essential words and features.  After reviewing this page, readers should … Read more

“God forbid” or “May it not be” in Romans 3:4, et al.?

Μη γενοιτο is a prayer Contrary to what many critics believe, the idiom, “God forbid” did not originate in English. It is an idiom of biblical Hebrew origin, first introduced in 1 Samuel 24:6: “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing….” (ESV, NIV). Thus the idiom has biblical precedent and is legitimate. The … Read more

“Saints” or “”Nations” or “Ages” in Revelation 15:3?

“And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.” (Revelation 15:3, KJV) The KJV follows the Textus Receptus reading of “ο βασιλευς των αγιων (King of saints)”. … Read more

Aren’t the more difficult and shorter readings preferable?

The theory that the more difficult and shorter readings is more likely to be original is a theory that is used to justify the primacy of the Alexandrian text-type. The theory is not supported by the facts of specific readings in the manuscripts and the testimony of Church fathers. A general maxim of modern textual … Read more