The idea for the King James 2000 version was conceived in the mind of the editor over 50 years ago. It is being written especially for those who have memorized and want to preserve the tradition and beauty of the King James Version.
Encouraging Comments from KJ2000 Readers
The most frequently asked question is: "What is the difference between this version and the other King James Versions?"
Brief Comparison of Three King James Versions
The King James 2000 is the King James Version brought forward 400 years. Several categories of words are brought up to 21st century language. Pronouns such as thy, thine, thou, ye, etc. are put into current language usage form. Verbal endings such as -eth, -est, -st, etc. are given equivalent forms of today's language. Words so archaic as to be unknown, such as wist, wot, froward, etc. are rendered as their current synonyms. Some words considered entirely proper in 1611, but which may be considered "coarse" today, are changed to equivalent intentions (such as bowels to heart).
The intent of King James 2000 is to keep every KJV word the same, unless a misunderstanding or a gross word order "error" (in today's usage) must be averted. All punctuation is left the same, including omission of quotation marks, in order to keep the rhythm and pattern of KJV memorization intact.
A large percentage of English speaking people still prefer the KJV, whether because of their trust in its truthfulness or their enjoyment of its beauty of language. To these saints of God the King James 2000 is presented, that they may hold to the old with confidence, yet move into the future without fear. The intent of the King James 2000 is to "look, sound and feel" like the KJV.
As with editors of many versions of the past, the desire of this editor was that the King James 2000, as well as "everything we do," may honor and glorify the Sovereign God of eternity.
Comparison of the New King James with the King James 2000 in relation to the King James Version:
1. NKJV uses all modern vocabulary (examples: begat to begot; unto to to; ointment to fragrant oil.) KJ2000 keeps all KJV vocabulary the same unless it causes a mistake in meaning (examples: prevent to precede, suffer to allow) or has lost meaning for today (wist, wot, aforetime, haply, paps, superfluity of naughtiness).
2. NKJV uses all modern word order/sentence structure. KJ2000 keeps KJV word order/sentence structure almost 100% of the time.
3. NKJV uses all modern punctuation. KJ2000 keeps KJV punctuation to look like the KJV.
4. NKJV uses all modern poetic form. KJ2000 keeps poetry in KJV form (prose) to look like the KJV.
5. The intent of the KJ2000 is to keep every KJV word the same, unless a misunderstanding or a gross word order "error" (in today's usage) must be averted.
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Additional Specific Verse Comparisons
we offer this sampling of the first 9 chapters in Genesis in a Parallel 1611, 1769, 2000 King James Versions
John Tells How To Obtain Eternal Life
1. GOD LOVES US AND GAVE HIS SON, JESUS, TO SAVE US: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16-17).
2. FAITH ALONE IS REQUIRED: "He that believes on the Son has everlasting life" (John 3:36).
3. JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
4. SUMMARY AND PURPOSE OF JOHN: "But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name" (John 20:31).