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Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Textus Receptus -- The True Majority Text

As a King James Bible Believer, I kept hearing the statistic that the Textus Receptus underlying the King James Bible was the Majority Text (i.e. the Majority of Greek manuscripts supported it), and that the Westcott-Hort text is a minority text. While I could see visible evidence of the latter, I couldn’t find any documentation for the former claim. It seemed to me to be just a rumor that nobody had looked into. Other KJB Believers agreed with me on that.

BUT, I recently found the evidence I was looking for. While browsing one of these websites promoting this claim, I decided to look over again the sources for it: The Four-Fold Superiority of the King James Bible by D.A. Waite. I found this webpage version of that book with the same statistics. It further directed me to Forever Settled by Dr. Jack Moorman. I found an online copy of that book and read it carefully. I finally found my answer: this is no rumor, this is fact. Dr. Moorman basically surveyed old and new books written against the Textus Receptus. These various books written by various authors and scholars, who certainly had access to all the Greek manuscripts and their readings, were specifically about the differences between the Alexandrian text and the Byzantine text (as expressed by the Textus Receptus). They were collations of non-Byzantine texts that read against the Textus Receptus. The rest presumably are pro-Byzantine texts lining up with the Textus Receptus. Dr. Moorman counted all the manuscripts these anti-KJB authors could find and published his results in his book. Then, D.A. Waite decided to make a statistics chart to see how much percentage wise of manuscripts lined up with the Textus Receptus. It turns out (as shown below), that over 99% of the Greek manuscripts in existence are pro-Byzantine and pro-Textus Receptus. The rest (less that 1%) lined up with the Alexandrian Westcott-Hort Greek text. Dr. Moorman in his book admitted that the exact numbers are not written in stone, and that there were undoubtably a few Alexandrian manuscripts not mentioned as being Alexandrian by all the scholars he researched, but those differences would be minor. They wouldn’t change the overall picture of 99% to 1% in favor of the Textus Receptus. The Textus Receptus being the majority text doesn’t mean that all it’s particular and unique readings are supported by the majority of manuscripts, but that the text type as a whole was supported by the majority of Greek manuscripts.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Archaic Words In The KJB (Part 6)

16. Assay
Hebrews 11:29 KJB says, “By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.” This is referring to Moses and the Israelites escaping the Egyptians in the Exodus. Exodus 14:23 describes the Egyptians in this event, “And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.” Of course, they “were drowned”. The clear implication of Hebrews 11:29 is that whereas Moses and the Israelites actually passed through the Red sea, the Egyptians tried to (in following after them) as well, but were drowned. Thus, the KJB’s definition of “assay” is to try or to attempt. This is exactly what it means in English. The 1828 Webster Dictionary defines “assay” as, “To attempt, try or endeavor.” This word is so archaic, it’s found even in The Message Bible (2002) in Proverbs 17:3.

17. Assupim
Actually, the Interactive Bible.ca spelled it wrong. It’s actually spelled “Asuppim” with one “s” and two “p”’s. 1 Chronicles 26:15 KJB reads, “To Obededom southward; and to his sons the house of Asuppim.” It’s pretty obvious “Asuppim” is a name. The house of Asuppim is the house that belongs to the man or family that went by the name “Asuppim”. It’s pretty hard to update a name, since names are not archaic. No dictionary is needed to define a name here. And it happens to be so archaic that it’s found in the modern Orthodox Jewish Bible (2011) in 1 Chronicles 26:15.

18. Asswage
Job 16:6 KJB tells us, “Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?” This verse has a parallel structure in it (the first part is like the last part) that defines “asswaged” as “eased”. The KJB thus defines “asswage” as to calm or to ease. This is confirmed by the 1828 Webster Dictionary which defines “asswage” as “assuage”, which itself is defined as, “To soften, in a figurative sense; to allay, mitigate, ease or lessen, as pain or grief; to appease or pacify, as passion or tumult. In strictness, it signifies rather to moderate, than to quiet, tranquilize or reduce to perfect peace or ease.” It’s not an old word, for even The Conservative Bible (2010) retains it in Job 16:6.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Archaic Words In The KJB (Part 5)

13. Ariel
Isaiah 21:9 KJB says, “Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.” Ariel is a name for a city. Elsewhere in the KJB, it’s a name for a person. News flash — names aren’t archaic. How do I know this? Because even the New International Version (2011) has it here! As of yet, there is no way to update a name. No dictionary is needed here.

14. Armhole
Jeremiah 38:11-13 KJB reads, “So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah. And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so. So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.” From reading this, it seems obvious of what happened. They let down two “cords” with clothes hanging on them. Then Jeremiah put his arms over the clothes (which themselves were over the cords), and was lifted up. By thinking about it, “armholes” would have to mean armpits (the only place Jeremiah could put his arms over the cords). And that’s exactly what it means. The 1828 Webster Dictionary defines “armhole” as, “1. The cavity under the shoulder, or the armpit.” In fact, even the more modern Amplified Bible (1987) uses this word in Ezekiel 13:18. This is in no way archaic.

15. Artificer
Genesis 4:22 KJB tells us, “And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.” 1 Chronicles 29:5 KJB reads, "The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?" According to the KJB, an artificer is someone who works with metals (apparently to mold them into different shapes). Plus, the very name sounds like someone who crafts the metals into art (artificer). The KJB defines “artificer” as someone who works with and shapes metals into specific shapes for specific uses (e.g. art). The New English Dictionary confirms this by defining “artificer” as, “1. One who makes by art or skill; esp. one who follows an industrial handicraft, a craftsman.” And like the other “archaic” words, it’s so old, that The World English Bible (2000) has it in Jeremiah 10:9.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

An Open Letter To The Inland Empire Creation Science Association

Hello, Mark Wanamaker (President) and Charlene Rosa (Chairman).

I wanted to announce to you that I cannot any longer attend or support The Inland Empire Creation Science Association. After having discussions with Mark, I have come to the startling discovery that he is a virtual Catholic (which is to be expected ever since the Lutherans signed a joint agreement with the Vatican on justification: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/documents/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_31101999_cath-luth-joint-declaration_en.html).

Mark, you believe as a Lutheran-Catholic that salvation is a process and not a one time event, a relationship and not a legal declaration that we are righteous. However, the word of God declares that salvation is indeed a one time event that can never be lost, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8 KJB). We are “saved” (past tense). It is a one time event, not a growth or process. We don’t grow into salvation, we grow after our salvation. 1 Corinthians 1:18 KJB confirms this, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” Nowhere in the entire King James Bible are we said to be “being saved” as in a process. To teach so is a grave Catholic heresy that denies salvation by grace alone. To teach salvation is a process fulfilled by baptism, Eucharist, and a life of good works is to deny salvation by grace alone through faith alone.

As Ephesians 2:8-9 KJB teaches, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Romans 4:4-5 KJB, “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Acts 16:30-31 KJB, “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 10:43 KJB, “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Galatians 2:16 KJB, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Romans 1:17 KJB, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

To teach salvation by works as you do is to preach another gospel than the one scripture teaches for our glorious, “dispensation of the grace of God” (Ephesians 3:2 KJB) given unto Paul. Before Paul, salvation was of works, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38 KJB). Salvation according to Peter in the previous dispensation (a King James Bible word written before the 1830s) was of works and was not the same as the gospel message Paul preached, “But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;” (Galatians 2:7 KJB). There were two gospels - the gospel of the circumcision Peter preached (which consisted of works to be saved by water baptism), and the gospel of the uncircumcision Paul preached (which was always 100% by grace alone through faith alone). When Paul was converted in Acts 9 KJB, the dispensation changed from salvation by works to salvation by faith. In fact Paul several times calls it his unique gospel, “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:” (2 Timothy 2:8 KJB).

By teaching another gospel than the one that Paul taught, and by trying to introduce that heresy to the group, you are under the curse of God, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9 KJB).

According to the English scriptures, you are not only accursed, but a “pervert” of the gospel of Christ. Because of this fact, I rebuke you by the authority of God’s word as revealed in the English King James Bible with this, “And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?” (Acts 13:10 KJB). Will you continue to be a false gospel pervert or will you truly now come to Christ? Read that again — you are not in Christ if you teach another gospel (which is not another, but a valid gospel for a previous dispensation). You are lost. You are a “child of the devil” “full of subtilty” as your father is, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1 KJB). You are a false brother, pretending to hold to the Bible doctrines of salvation by grace, while believing and introducing salvation by works, “And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:” (Galatians 2:4 KJB).

I shall follow the command and principle of 2 John 9-11 KJB, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” For me to continue attending your creation group is to be a partaker of your evil deeds and support your perverted doctrines. It is for this reason that I must leave and partake no more of The Inland Empire Creation Science Association.

I will be absent and do now call you to repent and come to Christ trusting in Him alone to save you from Rome. I will not come back until the following takes place:

  1. Either Charlene pulls her SDB church apart from your Catholic influences by breaking from your creation group OR you Mark believe on Christ alone to save you from Lutheran-Catholicism.
If you leave Rome and Catholic Lutheranism, you must give up the following heresies for me to come back:
  1. Give up the heretical consubstantiation. You believe that in the Eucharist Jesus becomes a stir mix with the bread and wine. You believe you are eating your god. Such a practice is foreign to scripture and declared useless by the Lord Jesus Christ, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63 KJB). You also believe as the Catholics do, that Christ must come down every Eucharist to be sacrificed in your stomach for your sins. This also contradicts clear scriptural teachings, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:10-14 KJB).
  2. Give up the heretical “being saved” doctrine. You believe we are not “saved” as the scripture says, but that we are “being saved” as the Roman Catholic Church teaches. I have already outlined why the scriptures go against this.
  3. Give up belief in baptismal regeneration. The Bible in our dispensation given unto Paul declares water baptism as no longer part of the gospel message, “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” (1 Corinthians 1:17 KJB). Baptism is not part of the preaching of the gospel. The only baptism we must partake of to be saved is the baptism INTO Jesus Christ, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:27 KJB). Not into water. Into Christ. More specifically, we are placed into Christ’s own body as the church, “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” (1 Corinthians 12:27 KJB). This baptism into Christ happens when we place our faith alone in Him for salvation.
  4. Renounce Rome and her Bible. As a Lutheran, you believe Catholics are your brothers and sisters in Christ who believe the same concerning salvation. God does not. In fact, he calls her a “whore” in scripture who we must forsake. Revelation 17 outlines the antichrist system and describes in great detail the Roman Catholic Church. You can read it yourself in the King James Bible. If you want an in-detail exposition of this chapter and why Roman Catholicism is the Whore of Babylon, I recommend you listen to this sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTZ5IgNV3WE. God gives this command concerning the Roman Catholic Church, “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4 KJB). Come out of her, Mark. This will involve leaving the Lutheran Church, since it is now joined with Rome. Part of this forsaking of Rome will necessarily involve leaving the English Standard Version (2011) that you currently read. The Preface of the ESV states, “The ESV is based on...the Greek text in the 1933 editions of the Greek New Testament (4th corrected ed.), published by the United Bible Societies (UBS), and Novum Testamentum Graece (27th ed.), edited by Nestle and Aland.” This very edition of the Greek text openly declares that it was edited under the supervision and approval of the Vatican:
  5. Since the Nestle Aland Greek text is under the supervision of the Vatican, and since the ESV follows it for the most part, it is in fact a Vatican Version designed to draw people towards The Whore of Babylon. You must give her up, Mark. This will involve giving up your Catholic Bible.
When you do all those things, I will be more than happy to rejoin your creation group, since God will be pleased as well, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” (Luke 15:10 KJB).

And Charlene, if Mark does not repent, I command you by the book of the LORD to forsake the Whore of Babylon by breaking off your church from Mark’s Satanic influence. If you do that, I will return to your group.

What I have said is neither comfortable nor beneficial for me on a worldly scale. But it does benefit me spiritually before God to forsake wickedness, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19 KJB). I pray you will do this, Charlene, if you are saved. And I pray that you Mark will for the first time come to Christ and be saved. You must come to him as a sinner, and not as self-righteous, “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” (Luke 18:13 KJB). “When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Mark 2:17 KJB).

God has commanded me in His word that I expose your group and what’s going on, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” (Ephesians 5:11-13 KJB). Until you repent and come back to scripture, I will leave this letter and warning public.

~ Joshua Alvarez, Creation Science Speaker and King James Bible Believer Bought in the Blood of Christ.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Archaic Words In The KJB (Part 4)

10. Angle
Isaiah 19:8 KJB says, “The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.” The first thing that came to my mind (and should be apparent to anybody who has ever gone fishing) was that an “angle” is a fishing line with a hook you throw into the water to catch fish. Those who haven’t gone fishing will obviously have a hard time knowing what this means, but those people will also not be able to understand the updated “fishing line” either. The KJB defines “angle” as a fishing line. The 1828 Webster Dictionary confirms this by defining “angle” as, “1. To fish with an angle or with line and hook.” And this isn’t an archaic word! The Hebrew Names Version (2014) has “angle” in Isaiah 19:8.

11. Anon
Matthew 13:20 in the KJB reads, “But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;”. Here is the first example of where the KJB beautifully utilizes the tool of parallel passages to define words. A parallel passage is a place in the Bible that talks about the same thing and the same events as another part of the Bible. Such is the nature of the four gospels (all four giving parallel accounts of the life of Jesus Christ on earth). Whenever you see a passage that has a parallel, make sure to look at the parallel! It will give you new insight into what happened and what’s being said. In this case, one parallel passage to Matthew 13:20 is Mark 4:16 KJB, “And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;”. Notice that Mark has a similar phrase to Matthew (“and anon with joy receiveth it” and “immediately receive it with gladness”). It should be obvious that “immediately” in Mark is used in place of “anon” in Matthew. Thus, according to the KJB, “anon” means immediately. The 1828 Webster Dictionary confirms this for us. It defines “anon” as, “1. Quickly; without intermission: soon; immediately.” And like the other “archaic” words, “anon” is so old that it’s used by The Concordant Version (2012) in 2 Peter 1:15.

12. Apothecary
Exodus 37:29 KJB reads, “And he made the holy anointing oil, and the pure incense of sweet spices, according to the work of the apothecary.” Exodus 30:35 KJB likewise reads, “And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy:”. So the art of the apothecary is defined in these verses to make oil and perfume by mixing (tempered) it together. Since the art of the apothecary is to mix natural materials into ointment (Exodus 30:25 KJB) and perfume, the apothecary must be those men who mix them. Thus, according to the KJB, an “apothecary” is someone who mixes natural oils and fragrances into perfume and ointment. The New English Dictionary defines “apothecary” as “The earlier name for: One who prepared and sold drugs for medicinal purposes…” Back in the days of the Bible, the only medicine was natural medicine (and it still is the best medicine) drawn from plant and mineral oils and fragrances. So back in the Biblical times, an apothecary was someone who mixed together natural medicine (read oils and fragrances) for medical purposes. That is exactly what an “ointment” is. And “apothecary” is so old, The Jubilee Bible (2010) uses “apothecary” in Ecclesiastes 10:1. The KJB is right and you don’t need any dictionary to find out what it means!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Hillsong Has Completely Exposed Themselves -- Literally!

It kind of surprised me when major “Christian” leaders decided to defend Hillsong “Church” when they gathered a bunch of half naked women and put them dancing on the “church” stage (which you can read about here). But now, Hillsong has just exposed themselves — literally. I have absolutely no clue how anybody will try to defend them now. If they do find a way to defend the following abomination, I believe I will be more convinced that postmillennialism is false :-), and that this world ain’t getting any better.

It has been recently reported that Hillsong Church has now put on another play with a “naked cowboy”.

Picture originally posted on https://www.instagram.com/p/BFIIRFLP8bn/. Now, it’s been removed.


As you can see, Hillsong has just gone nuts. Not only do they have half naked women (which they did last time on Christmas. Now, they have a “naked cowboy”. This “naked cowboy” is Diego Simila, a former model turned “Youth Pastor” (which is mentioned nowhere in the Bible).

I’m not really sure I need to prove from the Bible why this is an abomination. I’ll leave you with this verse, “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:” (Romans 1:24 KJB). I will now wait for the defenders of Hillsong to make comment.

Same Day Update:
Nevermind. They already have, “And so, while it is easy to criticize Hillsong (and the Naked Cowboy and this “watchdog” website), we would do well to search our own souls before the throne of God, asking Him to expose the darkness in our hearts, to restore us to our first love, to grant us deep repentance, and to open our eyes so that we can see Jesus afresh in all His glory. I pray this for myself as well!” (Michael Brown, http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/57490-when-hillsong-offends-the-naked-cowboy).

Um, Michael, now your “defense” looks absolutely pathetic. You admit they did evil, “but why judge them? Can’t we all just get along?” No further comment is necessary.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Archaic Words In The KJB (Part 3)

7. Ambassage
Luke 14:31-32 KJB reads, “Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.” From this passage, it’s very easy to see an “ambassage” is a message calling for peace and reconciliation. English Dictionaries confirm this. The New English Dictionary defines “ambassage” as “2. The message conveyed by an ambassador; the business entrusted to him.” Merriam Webster defines “ambassador” as “an official envoy; especially: a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment”. What does “diplomatic” mean? Merriam Webster defines “diplomatic” as “involving the work of maintaining good relations between the governments of different countries: of or relating to diplomats or their work”. Thus, in the English language, an “ambassage” is a message sent (with a messenger) desiring conditions of peace. Exactly as the KJB has it — and you can learn that word from the KJB in half the time it’ll take you to look at three dictionaries for it. But even so, this word is not archaic. The Yah Sacred Scriptures (2001) has “ambassage” in Luke 19:14.

8. Ambushment
2 Chronicles 13:13-14 KJB says, “But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them: so they were before Judah, and the ambushment was behind them. And when Judah looked back, behold, the battle was before and behind: and they cried unto the LORD, and the priests sounded with the trumpets.” By comparing verse 13 to 14, just as the “ambushment” was before and behind Judah, the “battle” was before and behind Judah. This implies that “ambushment” means “battle”. In the context, the KJB defines an ambushment as a planned battle attack on someone else. And it’s right. The New English Dictionary defines “ambushment” as “1. A disposition or arrangement of troops in a wood or other place of concealment so as to fall on an enemy by surprise; the trap so constructed; ambush; ambuscade.” And modern Bibles are still using this word! The Amplified Bible (1987) has “ambushment” in 2 Chronicles 13:13.

9. Amerce
Deuteronomy 22:18-19 KJB has, “And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him; And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.” According to the KJB’s parallel structure of “elders...shall” and “they shall”, amerce is to chastise. In the context, the chastisement is apparently the taking of money and the giving of it to someone else (the father of the damsel). Thus, the KJB defines “amerce” as taking money from someone as a form of chastisement. The New English Dictionary agrees with the KJB’s built in definition by defining “amerce” as “1. To punish by an arbitrary fine; to fine, mulct (a person).” But it’s far too old to be used anymore. It’s so old, The Hebrew Transliteration Bible (2010) has “amerce” in Deuteronomy 22:19 ;-).

Archaic Words In The KJB (Part 2)

4. Alamoth
Psalm 46:1 KJB says, “(To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” You can read the entire psalm to get the picture that this entire chapter is full of references to the strength and refuge of God. Thus, by the KJB, “alamoth” is the strength and refuge of God. What does it mean in English, though? Well, nobody knows. There is no English definition for the word “alamoth” anywhere. “Alamoth” is simply a transliteration (taking the Hebrew word and spelling out in English how it sounds) of the Hebrew word עֲלָמוֹת (Strong #H5961). What does that Hebrew word mean? Well, nobody knows what that means either. But they do conjecture that it probably means a virgin because עָלֶמֶת (almah) looks kind of like alamoth. And there are other guesses as to what this would mean (e.g. a location, a hiding place, etc.) But let’s think for just a minute what the above Psalm would mean if “alamoth” meant a virgin. “A Song upon Alamoth.” Is the Psalmist saying he fornicated with a virgin while singing praise to God? God forbid. Do you see how rediculous it would be if “alamoth” meant a virgin? 1 Chronicles 15:20 lists another mention of “alamoth”, “And Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries on Alamoth;”. Were those musical instruments so heavy, they needed to be placed on the heads of virgins for support? Why not on a table or something? As you should see by now, it’s rediculous to think “alamoth” means virgins. The KJB is right. Alamoth means the strength and refuge of God. 1 Chronicles 15:20 is about playing musical instruments on the strength of God (or a song dedicated to the strength of God, e.g. Psalm 41). And from the KJB, I’m going to conjecture that “alamoth” is related not to “almah”, but to “alemeth”: עָלֶמֶת. (Strong #5964). Alemeth means a “covering”. This is just as God as our strength and refuge is our covering from evil. And speaking of being an “archaic word”, The New International Version (2011) has “alamoth” in 1 Chronicles 15:20. I guess the brand new NIV’s outdated too! I’m being sarcastic, of course.

5. Almug
1 Kings 10:12 KJB reads, “And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the LORD, and for the king’s house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day.” An almug is a particular tree according to this verse. That last phrase implies these trees weren’t well known in Israel, and were quite rare. Thus, the KJB defines “almug” as a rare and largely unknown tree. The English language confirms this. The New English Dictionary defines “almug” as “A variant of Algum” (Vol. 2, p. 248). 1828 Webster says “Algum” is “In scripture, a tree or wood about which the learned are not agreed…” It’s exactly the same — a tree largely unknown and rare. And since this was listed as “archaic”, it would benefit the reader to know The English Standard Version (2011) has “almug” in 1 Kings 10:12.

6. Aloes
The KJB reads in Proverbs 7:17, “I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.” Aloes is a perfume. John 19:39-40 KJB says, “And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.” Aloes is a spice for preservation purposes. Numbers 24:6 KJB reads, “As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.” Apparently the full name of aloes is “lign aloes”. Aloes would then simply be an abbreviated version of Lign Aloes. Regardless, aloes also are said to come from trees. Thus, according to the KJB alone, aloes is a perfume or spice that comes from trees. Easton’s Bible Dictionary defines “Lign-aloes” as “a perfume derived from some Oriental tree (Numbers 24:6), probably the agallochum or aloe-wood.” “Probably” means they don’t know what tree. But what they do know is that it is a perfume that comes from trees. Exactly what the KJB teaches. See, you don’t need a dictionary to find out what these words mean. And apparently, this word is so archaic, that The New International Version (2011) has “aloes” in Numbers 24:6.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Archaic Words In The KJB (Part 1)

This will be the beginning of blog posts concerning the supposed “archaic words” in the King James Bible. After I’m done with all of them, I’ll probably put all the info into a video or something similar. Each installment will deal with a few words at a time. The point of this is to show how you don’t even need an old dictionary to find definitions of words in the KJB. First, I’m going to rely on what I consider the biggest archaic words list anybody has made against the KJB: http://www.bible.ca/b-kjv-only.htm#archaic

It’s kind of weird how it starts out by saying, “Below are 484 examples of how the KJV uses outdated language“, and then it says, “419 Archaic terms!”. 484 isn’t 419, just in case you’re wondering. Regardless, let’s dig in:

1. Abject
Psalm 35:15 in the KJB says, “But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:”. You can see by the parallel structure of this verse, “the abjects” are the same as “they” in the verse. Who are “they”? Well, you can read the entire Psalm for yourself and easily determine the “they” are men who hate David and persecute and slander him. Thus, simply by looking at the KJB, “abjects” are men who persecute and slander others — they are evil. Is this what the word means in English, though? According to the New English Dictionary (Volume 2, p. 20), “Abject” is “3. Down in spirit or hope; low in regard or estimation, degraded, mean-spirited despicable.“ The KJB defines for itself the meaning of “abject”. Also, The Amplified Bible (2015) has “abject” in Isaiah 47:1, showing this “archaic word” is still being used in modern Bibles.

2. Adamant
Zechariah 7:12 KJB reads, “Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.” Thus, from this we know an “adamant” is a stone. Ezekiel 3:9 KJB gives further details, “As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.” So now we also know an adamant is harder than flint. In other words, it’s a very hard stone. The 1828 Webster Dictionary confirms this is correct, “A very hard or impenetrable stone; a name given to the diamond and other substances of extreme hardness. The name has often been given to the load stone; but in modern mineralogy, it has no technical signification.“ In other words, it can mean simply a stone in general that’s very hard. Exactly as the KJB has it. The New King James Version (1982) has “adamant” in Ezekiel 3:9 (I guess they forgot to “update” that “archaic” word).

3. Agone
1 Samuel 30:13 KJB says, “And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick.“ Just read that last part to yourself out loud. It will quickly become apparent that “agone” means “ago”. Three days agone, three days ago. That’s how it seemed to me, at least before looking at any dictionary. But the dictionaries do agree with me. 1828 Webster defines “Agone” as “Ago; past; since.” The Word of Yah Bible (1993) has “agone” in 1 Samuel 30:13. That’s only a few years ago, folks.