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21st Century King James Version

The 21st Century King James Version of the Holy Bible (KJ21) is an accurate updating of the King James Version (KJV) of A.D. 1611. While easier to read and understand, it preserves the traditional Biblical language and sacred message of its historic predecessor. The KJ21 is the solution for Bible readers who love beautiful, reverent language yet want accuracy, clarity of meaning, and reading ease.

The 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) is neither a new translation nor a revision, but an updating of the King James Version (KJV) of A.D. 1611. While no attempt has been made to "improve" the timeless message or literary style of the KJV, words which are either obsolete or archaic, and are no longer understood by literate Bible readers, have been replaced by carefully selected current equivalents. Also updated spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and paragraphing have been used. These changes have been painstakingly made so as not to alter the meaning or beauty of the King James Version in any way. They simply make the KJ21 easier to read and understand.

The KJV updaters have relied on the scholarship, skill, dedication, and inspiration of the original translators of the King James Version, which have withstood the test of time for nearly four centuries.

The updaters have used as their principal authority in matters of English usage the greatest and most complete of all American dictionaries, namely, Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, Unabridged, published by the G&C Merriam Co., and in print from 1933 to 1967.

This monumental volume, for brevity referred to as Webster II, purports to contain over 620,000 words (almost twice as many as in currently published unabridged dictionaries) and to include every word in the English language since Chaucer. The Webster II is the favorite American dictionary among language experts and, being out of print, is highly sought after by writers, authors, and collectors. The Webster II contains hundreds of quotations from the King James Version to illustrate word usage, a practice expressly avoided in more recently published dictionaries.

    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. -- Genesis 1:1

    And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. -- Genesis 1:2

    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -- John 3:16





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