KJV Archaic Words List

One common reason all new bible translators use to justify new translations is the “archaic words.” They claim the archaic words are too difficult to read or understand. The Authorized Version written 400 years ago was understood then and now which make it ageless. The new translations have made the Bible “easier” to read, whereby they can “coast” people into reading it. In other words, lowering the standards while at the same time negatively impacting the doctrine.

If you run across an archaic word you don’t understand then:

  • keep reading for the context
  • prayerfully store in your mind for God to shed light on its meaning in His word
  • compare other scriptures, 2 Timothy 3:16
  • use of Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is also helpful in some cases
ambassage Luke 14:32 message
anon Mark 1:30 soon
bishopric Acts 1:20 overseership
botch Deuteronomy 28:27 boils
bowels Philippians 1:8 inward affection, tender mercy
bray Proverbs 27:22 pound
brigandines Jeremiah 46:4 breastplate
broided 1 Timothy 2:9 braided
bruit Jeremiah 10:22 rumor
by and by Mark 6:25 immediately, straightway
cankered James 5:3 corrode
careful Luke 10:41 anxious
carriages Acts 21:15 baggages
charger Mark 6:25 platter
charity 1 Corinthians 13:1 love
coasts Matthew 2:16 border
collops Job 15:27 to be plump, obesity
concupiscence 1 Thessalonians 4:5 lust
conversation Galatians 1:13 behavior
dam Deuteronomy 22:6 mother
daysman Job 9:33 umpire
dispensation Ephesians 3:2 stewardship
do you to wit 2 Corinthians 8:1 to understand
draught Matthew 15:17 privy
dure Matthew 13:21 endure
fetched a compass Acts 28:13 wander about
jangling 1 Timothy 1:6 vain discussion
leasing Psalms 4:2 lying
let 2 Thessalonians hinder
list John 3:8 choose, will
milch Genesis 32:15 milk giving animal
muffler Isaiah 3:19 a long veil
murrain Exodus 9:3 plague
naughtiness James 1:21 wickedness
prevent 1 Thessalonians 4:15 precede
quit 1 Samuel 4:9 to act manly
ravin Genesis 49:27 tear in pieces
rereward 1 Samuel 29:2 withdraw
scrip Matthew 10:10 pouch
shamefacedness 1 Timothy 2:9 modesty
strait 2 Kings 6:1 narrow
take no thought Matthew 6:25 don’t worry
thoroughly 2 Timothy 3:17 to equip fully
vaunt oneself 1 Corinthians 13:4 to boast
verily John 3:3 surely, amen
ware Nehemiah 10:31 merchandise
waymark Jeremiah 31:21 guiding pillar
wist Exodus 16:15 understand, be sure
wit Genesis 24:21 to know, understand
wot Genesis 21:26 perceive, understand

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