Are all KJV Bibles the Same?


Question: Do all publishing companies publish "the same" identical King James Bible?

Answer: No. All KJVs are not the same. The best text is the Cambridge KJV. Here's why.

Two Kinds of Changes

As I mentioned before, there have been only two changes in the actual KJV text from 1611 to today: 1) spelling errors corrected and 2) spelling changes made to match changes in the English language itself. Other editions of the KJV, printed by different publishers, have slight differences that are not what the pure King James text says.

Slight Differences

Many publishers, large and small, such as those that made family Bibles between the 1800s and 1900s, did not use the Cambridge text as the standard. These people sometimes spelled a few words differently, or substituted one word for another, such as "always" where the KJV says "alway." (See Numbers 9:16; Deuteronomy 11:1; 2 Kings 8:19, etc.). Of course, the most obvious change in text is the Oxford error: wrongly putting "sins" for "sin" (2 Chronicles 33:19) and "he" for "ye" (Jeremiah 34:16). But even these slight differences in the worst copies of the KJV are far better than the "best" readings in the Alexandrian perversions!

The Best Kind of KJV

The only KJV I completely trust is the Cambridge-type. Those Bibles that use that exact Cambridge text, such as all Cambridge KJV Bibles and the Prophecy Study Bible, are what you want. This is the only way to be sure you have an absolutely correct King James Bible. That's what I use and that's what I recommend.

May God bless you as you read His preserved words in English, the King James Bible.