Mention the "King James Version” or “KJV” to most people these days, and you are most likely to elicit groans, as people envision thick, dusty Bibles, with two columns of dense text, broken up by verses interrupting forever-long sentences. And then they remember the “thee’s" and "thou’s” and the “-est’s” and “-eth’s”. And their next thought is, “No thank you.”
However, by doing that, many people do not realize just what they are missing! The King James Version of the Bible holds a unique place in the history of the English speaking world. It was the one common bond of all English-speaking people across borders and continents for centuries. It has had an enormous influence on our vocabulary, and is the source of many idioms that people today take for granted.
Furthermore, the KJV is a classic of English literature. While its language may be a bit archaic, it is read and enjoyed by people of all walks of life and of all ages and backgrounds even today. In fact, it remains the most popular English-language Bible.
What if you could read the KJV without all the extra additions, like verse numbers, and dense, two-column text. What if you could read it, just like you did a normal book? And what if it were in the form and size of a normal book? What if you actually found yourself enjoying reading the KJV Bible—and truly enjoying it?
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For a number of years, when beginning a sermon series through a book of the Bible, I have printed out the Bible text without chapter and verse numbers, and formatted into paragraphs. I have found this to be the best way for me to focus on the text I was reading, without being distracted by cross-references, translator's notes, commentary, or the artificial breaks that the chapters and verses force on your mind. What I discovered by reading Bible books this way was that it allowed me to see the flow of the text, to see what the writer was trying to say, not just in individual verses, but as a whole book. I could understand the book as a whole piece of literature, whether it be a historical book, prophecy, or letter, or poetry/wisdom literature.
Because of how useful I have found it for myself, I have long dreamed of producing the Bible in just this form—without the verse divisions and numbers, without the chapter breaks: just the text in normal, "book-style" layout, with a pleasant typeface, and an inviting appearance that just begs the reader to keep reading. This project is the result. So, have a look, and better yet, buy a book, and see if you don't get hooked.
*The additional features such as paragraph breaks, subtitles, and quotation marks, are added as reading aids, and ought to be considered as such, and no more. As with the addition of chapter and verse numbers and punctuation centuries ago, they are by their nature subjective. The reader, therefore ought not make interpretative or doctrinal decisions based on them, but rather a careful comparison of Scripture with Scripture.