Statement to all King James Bible (KJB) supporters concerning the Pure Cambridge Edition (PCE).
By Matthew Verschuur, copyright 26 January 2007 (Australia Day).
Since the year 2000 I have contacted various King James Bible people and organisations in regards to seeking out a certain text of King James Bible, namely, a standard text of the Cambridge Edition.
For a long time the question, “Which King James Bible edition is correct?” has not been properly answered by true Bible defenders.
We must acknowledge that there are indeed variations in various historical and present editions of the King James Bible. Furthermore, there has been a rising awareness in recent years concerning “counterfeit” King James Bibles with “subtle changes”.
The Scripture promises that the Word of God should be preserved by God, and this undergirds a sound King James Bible only doctrine. It is consistent with this that there should be one correct received standard edition of the King James Bible, where every word is pure (Proverbs 30:5) to the jot and tittle (Matthew 5:18).
I do not agree with the claim that there is no standard or that any edition of the King James Bible is sufficient. On the other side, those who have said, “The 1769 Edition”, or “The Cambridge Edition” have been too vague. Plainly, there have been changes in all editions since 1769, and there are variations in Cambridge Bibles, such as the Victorian text (circa 1830 to circa 1900), the Pure Cambridge Edition (circa 1900 to circa 1970s) which is also printed in many Collins editions, and the Concord text (circa 1970s to circa 2000). Besides these, other modernised variations appear in Bibles printed in America under the name of Cambridge.
And then there is Scrivener’s Edition, which is clearly deficient on many grounds, including that it has never been used by ordinary Protestants every Sunday morning. Even worse is the New Cambridge Paragraph Bible by David Norton, 2005, which makes many unacceptable changes departing from all traditional King James Bibles.
Those who are knowledgeable about the King James Bible agree that the Cambridge Edition is superior to the Oxford, Nelson or any other edition. However, the particular variations in Cambridge Editions have not been closely studied until now. That is, identifying which Cambridge Edition is correct.
Sadly, many King James Bibles that follow the Cambridge Edition as are now being produced or provided by King James Bible people are not the correct Cambridge Edition, but follow the Concord Cambridge Edition, which has departed from the pure text. The correct text has, among other things, “rasor”, “inquire”, “counseller”, “expences”, “ancle”, “Geba” at Ezra 2:26 and lower case “spirit” at Acts 11:12, 28 and 1 John 5:8.
There has been a great ignorance of the fact that a final purification took place in the history of the King James Bible. Those who have studied the history of the King James Bible in depth would have been aware of the major purifications that took place, such as the editions of 1629, 1638 and 1769. There was also a proper purification that took place circa 1900, which has resulted in the final text of the King James Bible, which is in all ways the definitive presentation of the King James Bible, and should not be altered.
I have now launched a website which details this area, and have also freely made available an exactly correct electronic text of the King James Bible (without typographical or edition variation errors). The Pure Cambridge Edition is the historically received true text of the Authorized Version.
Go to: www.bibleprotector.com
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It is important to have the correct, perfect and final text of the King James Bible, since there are correctors (e.g. publishers) who have changed some aspects of King James Bible texts. The final form of the King James Bible is the Pure Cambridge Edition (circa 1900), which conforms to the following:
1. “or Sheba” not “and Sheba” in Joshua 19:2
2. “sin” not “sins” in 2 Chronicles 33:19
3. “Spirit of God” not “spirit of God” in Job 33:4
4. “whom ye” not “whom he” in Jeremiah 34:16
5. “Spirit of God” not “spirit of God” in Ezekiel 11:24
6. “flieth” not “fleeth” in Nahum 3:16
7. “Spirit” not “spirit” in Matthew 4:1
8. “further” not “farther” in Matthew 26:39
9. “bewrayeth” not “betrayeth” in Matthew 26:73
10. “Spirit” not “spirit” in Mark 1:12
11. “spirit” not “Spirit” in Acts 11:28
12. “spirit” not “Spirit” in 1 John 5:8