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October 5, 2019

In the past, perhaps even on this site, we have shown the distinct definitions of these words.  Of course, modern bibles simply drop stablish and use establish all over.  Modern dictionaries are, likewise and predictably, no help.  In short, we framed ‘Establish’ with synonyms such as initiate, founded, begin.  We often see businesses, churches, even families, that had been established at such and such a date in history....

July 27, 2019

These two words that have somewhat similar meanings; but it’s the distinction between the two, the detail of the difference that piques our interest.    

“None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep…” (Isaiah 5:27).

“Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep”  (Psalm 121:4).

Sleep is ‘deeper’ than slumber; it’s a change of state, a condition where all bodily systems rest.   W...

June 19, 2019

Why doesn’t the KJV use the word show instead of the not-sure-how-to-pronounce shew?  (For the record, shew is only pronounced as "shoe" in America; the English sound is actually the same as show: sho.)  Why do most Bibles say “showbread” and yours says “shewbread”?  William Shakespeare used both show and shew in his plays—before the KJV was published.  Both words were available, and yet, the KJV translators never used sh...

April 30, 2019

Once again we’ve come upon a curious use of words in the Authorized English Bible: Save and Except. Today, the word except is widely used and recognized; however, the word save is not.  Not the verb ‘to salvage’ or ‘to keep’ — as in ‘save my soul’; nor ‘save me a seat’; but the preposition (and sometimes conjunction) as in “And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only” (Matt. 17:8).  

I’m sure,...

February 9, 2019

Once again we come upon an ‘archaic’ word in the Holy Bible: sith.   Found in Ezekiel 35:6:

                    “…sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.” 

We can dismiss it as a ‘flyer,’ one of those hold-over words from Old English, and replace it with the commonly used quasi-equivalent, since.   Or, we could just read a little and seek to understand, befo...

January 6, 2019

From a previous post, I’ve had some feedback about the use of that and which.  We automatically and typically use these words in daily conversation: 

That refers to an event or a noun that may be close in time or proximity, but is not immediately before us.   That thing over there, not this thing at my feet. 

Which refers to a a decision, a choice, a selection of one from several.  Which road will you choose, dear brother?...

January 6, 2019

How awesome is the King James Text!   Once we learn how to read it, we then begin to recognize the power of its accuracy and the wonders of every word and every mark.  We (Bible believers) are sitting on a gold mine, and occasionally we discover a bit of gold dust for encouragement.  In a recent daily reading, just such a nugget or bit of dust was found:

“Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee…” (Genes...

January 4, 2019

Here is another case where the contemporary theologians, bloggers, dictionaries, et al., face a discrepancy in the KJV text and subsequently fail to exercise faith.  However, we believe every word, including even the punctuation marks; therefore, we give the benefit of the doubt to the word of God, and we ‘catch up’ to its wonder.

The word example is commonly used and commonly understood to be a pattern, something or some proce...

January 4, 2019

“For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.   Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren…” (Hebrews 2: 16, 17).

While preparing for a Christmas-themed lesson, this one word, from the text above, stood out: behoved.  “…it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren.”   

Behoved, as it’s used here, is synonymous with necessary, required, and appr...

September 21, 2018

Pastor John Asquith once explained to me the difference between the Holy Ghost and the Holy Spirit.  It was a fascinating thesis, for I had long wondered why the KJV translators used HG in one place and HS in another place.  They were seemingly interchangeable, but yet clearly different in some way.  Let me paraphrase his teaching (and forgive me if it’s not precise or complete):

The Holy Ghost: Third member of the Tr...

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Bro. Paul Scott

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