The KJV: Is it THE Bible? Part 4: Jacobean English, or “Have It Thine Way”
“Some sentences in the KJV will not be understood without the help of a commentary. Champions of the use of the KJV forget that they have been conditioned to its oddities by a lifetime of study. The new reader and the uneducated reader have not had that conditioning.”
-Jack P. Lewis (1)
In our last post we discussed the language issues in translating the King James to English. The King James Bible is known and used throughout the world, even in foreign-language speaking countries. However, we must understand that the day will come when Jacobian English, the language of the King James Version, will be unreadable to an audience that speaks a language that changes so quickly.