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Honest

Updated: Mar 6

Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men 2nd Corinthians 8:21.


In my tedious reading of James White's omnibus collection of every twisted reason for correcting a King James Bible, (conveniently gathered into one fell volume called The King James Only Controversy), I came across this item on page 141. "Another term which does not always mean what it did back in the days of King James I of England is the word "Honest".

This provoked me into consulting the Oxford English Dictionary to see if indeed the word "Honest" had narrowed its meaning in the last 400 years until it could no longer be understood properly in all of its usages in a King James Bible. Sure enough, the word honest has not always been isolated to mean truthful. It is still that way today even though James White purports not to know that and seems quite sure that no one else can figure it out.

Yes, there are instances in our King James Bible where the use of the word "Honest" conveys a less used meaning such as honorable, but is that unheard of for a 21st century reader? If a man makes an honest living, is he making a truthful living or an honorable living?

When the Apostle Paul says; Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly, Hebrews 13:8, is he asking for prayers that he tell the truth, or that he can make an honorable living? Is it not the same apostle who told the elders of Ephesus; Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me, Acts 20:34? Is it really so difficult for a reader in the 21st century to see that an honest living is not a truthful living? An honest living is a respectable living.

Herein we see the folly of the new versions. They assume that people can't pick up on the nuances of a word used more than one way. In the 413 year history of the King James Bible, has there ever been anyone who read, providing for honest things, 2nd Corinthians 8:2, who thought that the Apostle Paul was trying to provide things that told the truth? Has there ever been anyone who did not understand that Paul wanted to provide things that were upright as well as truthful?

Bible correctors behave just like political liberals. They assume that they need to protect a class that can't protect themselves. The bible correctors come from a highly educated class of people. Somehow they have lost contact with the average person. My experience has been that when a poorly educated and barely literate person is given a chance to read the King James Bible and is guided as to how to read it, they are grateful.

It enhances their ability to read and to understand. They begin to enjoy church for something other than clapping their hands and wiggling their hind ends. It elevates them. Somehow it seems foreign to the critics of the King James Bible that the people can quite easily be taught a higher standard of reading and that in doing so, their lives are made immeasurably better.

If you want to rob a child from a poor minority family and who lives in the middle of a rundown neighborhood, dumb down the educational standards at his school. Pat yourself on the back and pretend that you see him as an equal wherein you have actually prejudged him to be incapable of a stronger curriculum. What is truly sad is that the very same conservative Christians who take a stand against such folly foist the new bibles on people for the very same reasons.

The people really can be taught and they are changed for the better when its done.

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charles johnson
charles johnson
08 мар.

I delight in reading the words iof a true King James bible believer. Keep on my friend and look forward to further words of Godly wisdom.😃 Charles Johnson, King James bible believer.

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Wade Taylor
Wade Taylor
08 мар.

Well spake you brother. King James Bible critics are more likened to skeptics.

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