Comparative Word Study including the 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
Comparative Word Study, 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) of the Holy Bible
This section is prepared in two parts and consists of excerpts from the Comparative Word Study prepared by KJ21 Bible Publishers. For your full review, click here to download an electronic copy. Part One consists of a few examples of word updating which appear in the KJ21 Bible. Note that in each case, these word changes do not alter the meaning of the KJV, but make the passage much easier to read and understand. Part Two compares passages which are essentially the same in the KJ21 and the KJV with popular modern versions. Note the differences in meaning. Often these differences are subtle and reflect a liberal theological, cultural, or political bias characteristic of many modern translations.
 

Abbreviations Used in Comparisons

 
KJ21...........21st Century King James Version
KJV...................................King James Version
NASB...............New American Standard Bible
NIV..........................New International Version
NKJ...........................New King James Version
NRSV..............New Revised Standard Version
REB...............................Revised English Bible
TEV............................Today's English Version

Part One

King James Version compared with the
21st Century King James Version

  KJV KJ21
Ezra 9:3 ...and sat down astonied. ....and sat down stunned.
Ps 140:5 ...they have set gins for me. ...they have set traps for me.
Pr 23:16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice,... ...yea, my inmost being shall rejoice.
Mt 17:12 ...Elias is come already, and they...have done unto him whatsoever they listed. ...Elijah is come already and they...have done unto him whatsoever they pleased.
Mk 9:6 For he wist not what to say;... For he knew not what to say...
1 Cor 9:7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? Who goeth to war at any time at his own expense?
Php 2:1 If there be...any bowels and mercies,... If there be...any tenderness and mercies,...

Part Two

21st Century King James Version* compared with contemporary versions
*In the examples that follow the KJ21 is either identical to, or substantially the same as, the KJV.

  KJ21 Contemporary Versions
Gen 1:28 "Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it;...
  • NIV "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.
  • NRSV "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it;...
  • NKJ "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it;...
  • TEV "Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control.
  In the KJ21 the text focuses on mankind's duty to restore to the earth what is being consumed, rather than merely to take possession of the earth.


1 Sam 8:5 "Now make us a king to judge us,...
  • NIV "...now appoint a king to lead us,...
  • NRSV "...appoint for us, then, a king to govern us,...
  • TEV "...appoint a king to rule over us,...
  In the KJ21 the elders of Israel reflect the Biblical view of the government as a judge, rather than as a ruler.


Pr 11:16 ...and strong men retain riches
  • NIV ..but ruthless men gain only wealth.
  • NRSV ...but the aggressive gain riches.
  • NKJ ..But ruthless men retain riches.
  • REB ...a bold man gets only a fortune.
  In neither the KJ21 nor the KJV does the writer/poet manifest any bias against the accumulation of wealth.


Ecl 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest...
  • REB Enjoy life with a woman you love...
  In the KJ21 the preacher recognizes the unique and blessed status of traditional marriage, together with its joyful potential.


Isa 7:14 Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son...
  • NRSV Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son...
  • REB A young woman is with child, and she will give birth to a son...
  • TEV ...a young woman who is pregnant will have a son...
  Isaiah, in the KJ21 and KJV, cites as a sign that a virgin shall conceive, truly an astonishing miracle.


Mt 6:13 ...lead us not into temptation,...
  • NRSV ...do not bring us to the time of trial,...
  • REB ...do not put us to the test,...
  In the KJ21 Christ's petition to the Lord is for deliverance from the temptation of sin, rather than deliverance from misfortune.


Mk 5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that virtue had gone out of Him,...
  • NIV At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him.
  • NKJ And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him,...
  In the KJ21 St. Mark says that Christ's healing qualities come from virtue, rather than from power.


Rom 16:1 I commend unto you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church...
  • NRSV ...a deacon of the church...
  • REB ...a minister of the church...
  In the KJ21 St. Paul does not hesitate to ascribe the glory and honor of servanthood to a woman (servanthood being the highest calling of all men and women).


1 Cor 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not charity,...
  • NRSV If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love,...
  • NKJ Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love,...
  • REB I may speak in tongues of men or of angels, but if I have no love,...
  In the KJ21 St. Paul uses the term charity rather than love, charity being more specific in connoting selfless benevolence and a disinclination to ascribe evil to others.

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