Suggested Amendments to the text of the King James Version in Acts and the Epistles

 

The Epistle Book, published by Deacon Peter Gardner, with a margin correction

 

I would suggest that every instance in which we find the phrase “Holy Ghost,” it should be changed to “Holy Spirit,” not because it is hard to understand, but simply to conform it to the normal usage in our services. I would do the same with the word “shew” and all its various forms (“shewed,” “shewing,” “sheweth,” “shewing,” and “shewbread”) – “shew” should be changed to “show” (“showed,” “showing,” “showeth,” “showing,” and “showbread”). These changes can only be done practically by the publisher, however, because these words appear so frequently in the text. Otherwise, I would encourage you to just train your readers to make these corrections while reading it.

 

I would suggest you make the following changes in the margin of your text, for the sake of consistency, but more importantly to remove obscurities that have resulted due to the changes in meaning of some of the words and phrases in the King James text. Some of the changes are less critical than others. The changes I think are the most essential are in bold.

 

Acts 3:17: wot --> know

Acts 7:2: Charran --> Haran

Acts 7:11: Chanaan --> Canaan

Acts 7:16: Sychem --> Shechem

Acts 7:29: Madian --> Midian

Acts 7:30; 7:38: Sina --> Sinai

Acts 7:40: wot --> know

Acts 7:45: Jesus --> Joshua

Acts 8:3: haling --> dragging off

Acts 8:28;8:30 Esaias --> Isaiah

Acts 9:35: Saron --> Sharon

Acts 11:19: Phenice --> Phoenicia

Acts 12:9: wist --> knew

Acts 13:19: Chanaan --> Canaan

Acts 13:21: Cis --> Kish

Acts 15:3: Phenice --> Phoenicia

Acts 16:1; 17:14; 17:15; 18:5: Timotheus --> Timothy

Acts 19:9: divers --> diverse

Acts 19:22; 20:4: Timotheus -->Timothy

Acts 21:1 : Coos --> Cos

Acts 21:2: Phenicia --> Phoenicia

Acts 23:5: wist --> knew

Acts 27:12: Phenice ---> Phoenix

Acts 27:27: Adria --> the Adriatic Sea

Acts 27:40: hoised --> hoisted

Acts 28:13: fetched a compass --> circled round

Acts 28:25: Esaias --> Isaiah

 

James 1:2: divers --> diverse

James 3:1: masters --> teachers

James 3:9 similitude --> likeness

James 3:13: conversation --> manner of life

James 5:17: Elias --> Elijah

 

1 Peter 1:15: manner of conversation --> all your conduct

1 Peter 1:18: conversation --> ways

1 Peter 2:12; 3:1; 3:2 : conversation --> conduct

1 Peter 3:11: ensue --> pursue

1 Peter 3:16 : conversation --> conduct

1 Peter 5:3: ensamples --> examples

1 Peter 5:13: Marcus --> Mark

 

2 Peter 2:6: ensample --> example

2 Peter 2:7: conversation --> conduct

2 Peter 2:6: Gomorrha --> Gomorrah

2 Peter 3:11: in all holy conversation --> in holy conduct

 

1 John: No changes

 

2 John: No changes

 

3 John: No changes

 

Jude 1:7: Gomorrha --> Gomorrah

Jude 1:11 Core --> Korah

Jude 1:22: difference --> distinction

 

Romans 1:13: let --> hindered

Romans 1:28 convenient --> fitting

Romans 9:25: Osee --> Hosea

Romans 9:27; 9:29: Esaias --> Isaiah

Romans 9:29: Sodoma� --> Sodom

Romans 9:29: Gomorrha --> Gomorrah

Romans 9:33: Sion --> Zion

Romans 10:16; 10:20: Esaias --> Isaiah

Romans 11:2: Wot --> Know

Romans 11:2: Elias --> Elijah

Romans 11:17; 11:19; 11:24: graffed --> grafted

Romans 11:26: Sion --> Zion

Romans 15:12: Esaias --> Isaiah

Romans 16:1 Phebe --> Phoebe

 

1 Corinthians 4:17: Timotheus --> Timothy

1 Corinthians 6:9: abusers of themselves with mankind --> sodomites

1 Corinthians 9:27 keep under --> discipline

1 Corinthians 10:11: for ensamples --> as examples

1 Corinthians 10:24: wealth --> well being

1 Corinthians 11:2 ordinances --> traditions

1 Corinthians 12:10: divers --> diverse

1 Corinthians 15:33: evil communications corrupt good manners --> evil associations corrupt good morals

1 Corinthians 16:10: Timotheus --> Timothy

 

2 Corinthians 1:12 had our conversation --> conducted ourselves

2 Corinthians 1:19: Timotheus --> Timothy

2 Corinthians 5:11 terror --> fear

2 Corinthians 6:12: Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. --> Ye are not restricted by us, but ye are restricted by your own affections.

2 Corinthians 6:13: enlarged --> open

2 Corinthians 8:1: do you to wit of --> make known to you

 

Galatians 1:13 conversation --> conduct

Galatians 2:10: forward --> eager

Galatians 4:17: not well --> for no good

Galatians 4:17: affect --> be zealous for

Galatians 4:24; 4:25: Agar --> Hagar

Galatians 5:20 variance, emulations --> contentions, jealousies

Galatians 6:6: communicate unto --> share with

 

Ephesians 2:3 conversation --> manner of living

Ephesians 4:22 conversation --> way of life

Ephesians 5:4: convenient --> befitting

 

Philippians 1:1: Timotheus --> Timothy

Philippians 1:8: record --> witness

Philippians 1:22: wot --> know

Philippians 1:27: conversation --> conduct

Philippians 2:19: Timotheus --> Timothy

Philippians 3:17: ensample --> example

Philippians 3:20: conversation --> citizenship

Philippians 4:2: Euodias --> Euodia

 

Colossians 1:1: Timotheus --> Timothy

Colossians 1:24: behind of –> lacking in

Colossians 4:10 Marcus --> Mark

 

1 Thessalonians 1:1: Timotheus --> Timothy

1 Thessalonians 1:7: ensamples --> examples

1 Thessalonians 3:2; 3:6: Timotheus --> Timothy

1 Thessalonians 4:15: prevent --> precede

 

2 Thessalonians 1:1: Timotheus --> Timothy

2 Thessalonians 2:7: letteth will let --> restraineth will do so

2 Thessalonians 3:9: ensample --> example

 

1 Timothy 1:10: abusers of themselves with mankind --> sodomites

1 Timothy 4:12: conversation --> citizenship

1 Timothy 5:7: give in charge --> command

1 Timothy 6:18: communicate --> share

 

2 Timothy 1:6: putting --> laying

2 Timothy 3:6: divers --> diverse

 

Titus 3:3: divers --> diverse

 

Philemon 1:6: communication --> sharing

Philemon 1:8: convenient --> befitting

Philemon 1:24: Marcus --> Mark

 

Hebrews 1:1; 2:4: divers --> diverse

Hebrews 4:3; 4:5: if they shall enter into my rest --> they shall not enter into my rest

Hebrews 5:6; 5:10; 6:20; 7:1; 7:10; 7:11: Melchisedec --> Melchizedek

Hebrews 7:14: Juda --> Judah

Hebrews 7:15; 7:17; 7:21: Melchisedec --> Melchizedek

Hebrews 7:26: harmless --> blameless

Hebrews 9:5: cherubims --> cherubim

Hebrews 11:32: Jephthae --> Jephthah

Hebrews 12:22: Sion --> Zion

Hebrews 13:5; 13:7: conversation --> conduct

Hebrews 13:9: divers --> diverse

Hebrews 13:11; 13:12; 13:13: without --> outside

Hebrews 13:16: communicate --> share