Words of faith with Larry Stone of Higden
When someone says to me, “I read and trust only the King James Bible,” or say, “My Pastor does not allow us to read any Bible translation but the King James Bible,” I reply, “Which King James Bible version?” They pause before saying, “The first one because we do not accept the Revised king James or the New King James versions.” I then reply, “Oh, so you read and study the A. D. 1611 A.V. (Authorized Version) the first King James Bible written in the Old English with its 23 phonic alphabet?”
They look at me with wonder as to what I am speaking about. So, I show them the A. D. 2011 digital scanned 400th Anniversary Edition, ISBN: 978-0-310-44029-1, publisher Zondervan Bibles, which is a replica of the original printing of an A. D. 1611 AV borrowed from The Bible Museum 2000 N. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona 85395. Because it is an original first King James Bible it contains the translator’s words in its eleven page preface: “The Translators to the Readers,” and it also contains the beautiful artwork of the A. D. 1611 AV front cover and the classic typeface and decorative initials in its text.
The original King James Bible does not contain any words spelled with the letter J. The king’s name is spelled, “Iames.” So, the A.D. 1769 hybrid English names, “Jesus,” “Jehovah,” “Joseph,” “Jacob,” “Jerusalem,” etc. are not in the AV and for good reason because the Hebrew and Greek alphabets have never contained a phonic sound, and alphabetical letter, that will match the A. D. 1762 English letter J which was added to the English alphabets when it adopted three additional phonic making the 26 phonic English Alphabet of modern English.
The 5th letter in the Arabic alphabet is named, “jim,’ from which the letter J is derived. The letter J is also in the French alphabet. We can view a “Table Of Foreign Alphabets” on page 42, Vol. 1, Funk & Wagnall’s Standard Dictionary, International Edition, which shows the alphabets of Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Russian and German. The Hebrew and Greek alphabets, and the transliterated English matching sound for each letter, is in the dictionary of Strong’s Exhaustive Bible Concordance, ISBN: 0-7852-4539-1, and in the dictionary of The Strongest NIV Exhaustive Concordance, ISBN: 0-310-26285-2, and also, on page xiii, of The Interlinear NIV Hebrew-English Old Testament, ISBN: 0-310-40200-X.
Young’s Analytical Concordance to the King James Bible, ISBN: 0-917006-29-1, does not have a Hebrew dictionary but it has “A Complete List Of Scripture Proper Names, as in the AV and RKJ Bibles showing their modern pronunciation and the exact form of spelling in the original Hebrew,” none of which are spelled with a letter J. The proper names in it that contain Almighty God’s hallowed and eternal name, are spelled with “Yah;” never spelled with, “Jah.” That should allow serious Bible students to understand that the New King James Bible has God’s name spelled correctly, “YAH,” in Psalms 68:4; Isa. 12:2; 26:4; 38:11.
The translators of the AV, first King James Bible, never claimed they were inspired by God in their word of translating his message from the original language to the English language. In fact, they state in their preface: “The Translators to the Readers,” they are scholars doing their best to bring God’s message to the English speaking people. In it, they said they made many mistakes over the two years of producing their translation, and they corrected all the mistakes they found, but they were sure after their translation was published that more mistakes would be found. If so, then they would also correct those mistakes. So, that is why there are many revised words in the many King James Bible versions. You can read the words of those translators for yourself and not have to take my word for truth, nor take the words of your pastor that the Original King James Bible is inspired of God and infallible without any errors in it. The facts are no Bible translators claim to be inspired. So, let us walk in the light of truth, examine the original words of Scripture, the Hebrew manuscripts, and compare it with any Bible translation.
The messages that Yahweh spoke to his prophets and apostles are inspired, breathed by him, as he spoke to them by his Holy Spirit, 2nd Peter 1:19-21. So, we will all “do well to pay attention to it as to a light shining in a dark place.”
The A. D. 1611 AV, first King James Bible has God’s name spelled, “IAH,” in Psa. 68:4 which was pronounced, “YAH,” at that time. See the history on the letters, I, Y and J in Webster’s Unabridged English dictionary. The Revised King James translators in A. D. 1769 incorrectly changed the spelling to, “JAH.” See the word, ‘Hallelujah,’ in that dictionary and see the correct spelling is, ‘halleluYah.’
I hope this article will allow you to seek truth and find it because the Son prayed for us: “Sanctified them by your word; your word is Truth.” Jn. 17:17.