Do You Speak KJV?
I do want to credit the interviewer for asking for input both from those who agree and who disagree with Dr. Shaw.
But I’m always skeptical of people like Dr. Shaw who recommend the KJV for accuracy.
Even ignoring the flawed translation strategy of the KJV authors and the advances we’ve made regarding ancient manuscripts in the past 400 years, I think we have to recognize that English has changed in four centuries. So even where the KJV used to be accurate, sometimes now it is not.
Here’s a short quiz of KJV English. How many can you get right? (The answers are right at the end. Don’t peek.)
1. The “turtle” (Song of Solomon 2:12, Jeremiah 8:7) is:
A. An animal that crawls on the land.
B. An animal that swims in the sea.
C. An animal that flies in the sky.
2. “Prevent” (E.g., Psalms 59:10, “The God of mercy shall prevent me”) means:
3. God “So loved….” (John 3:16) means:
A. Loved a lot.
B. Loved a little.
C. Loved in this way.
4. “Suffered” (E.g., Matthew 3:15, “then he suffered….”) has to do with:
A. Pain and agony.
5. “Who shall let it?” (Isaiah 43:13) means:
A. Who shall allow it?
B. Who shall reverse it?
C. Who shall prevent it?
The answer to all five is (C).