Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Spelling: Does the 1611 King James Bible have spelling errors?
A: These are not spelling errors, but reflect changes in the English language. The 1611 King James Bible is written in 1611 A.D. when the English language was different and had more Latin influence. It is considered to be archaic compared to the English we speak today and English speakers in the 1600s may likewise have had a challenge understanding today's English. The King James Bible had a significant revision in 1769 which modernized much of the language.
The 1611 English wording reveals its influence from Latin. The I's in 1611 later become J's; for example, Jesus was originally spelled Iesus. V's and U's were also exchanged as the language developed. Learn more about the English Spelling of the King James Bible.
Q: Where can I buy the original 1611 King James Version?
A: Beware of Bibles that claim to be the 1611 KJV, as some are 1900s KJVs. If you want the original 1611 King James Bible the language is noticeably different than today's English. This 1611 KJV on Amazon has the original 1611 text in an easier-to-read Roman typeface. The original typeface was Gothic, like this.
Q: Can You Ship a Free Bible to me?
A: This is a website only with no supply of physical Bibles to ship. If you are looking for an in expensive physical Bible, thrift stores, such as Goodwill, often have them for less than $1. You may also buy a new KJV Bible at in the USA at Dollar Tree for $1. Amazon.com has KJV Bibles that can usually ship worldwide. If this is cost prohibitive, you may consider borrowing one from a local library, church, or friend. There are also organizations which may offer free Bibles to those in legitimate need.
Q: Can I quote the King James Bible?
A: Yes, if you live in the United States or anywhere outside of the United Kingdom, you may freely quote the King James Bible (KJV). If you live within the United Kingdom and are wanting to quote the KJV, you may likely do so with no fee if your quote meets certain requirements. Rights to the King James Bible in the United Kingdom are vested in the Crown and administered by Cambridge University Press, the Crown's patentee.
Q: How can I cite the King James Bible for a book or school paper?
A: For use within the body of your document, simply put the chapter and verse in parenthesis after each sentence, like this (John 3:16), or may include reference to the King James Version (KJV) like this (John 3:16 KJV). For a works cited or reference section of a paper, you may use this MLA citation format:
The Holy Bible, King James Version. Cambridge Edition: 1769; King James Bible Online, 2018. www.kingjamesbibleonline.org.
See Wikipedia for more citation info.
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A: You may quote and use scripture text from the King James Version.
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Q: What do the words in italics or [brackets] mean?
A: These are words the translators added from the Hebrew and Greek to make the English complete. It is also seen in italics in some Bibles.
And God called the dry [land] Earth; and the gathering together of
the waters called he Seas: and God saw that [it was] good.
[There is] a generation [that] curseth their father, and doth not bless
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall
be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection:
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Q: Why do people read the King James Version?
A: The King James Version is a widely trusted English version of the Bible. The process of the translation was done with meticulous attention to detail in its accuracy from converting the original Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. Learn more facts about the King James Bible or learn why people read the King James Version.
This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8th ed.), offers examples for citing Bibles and Bible scripture.
Last edited: 2017 Oct. 11.
With MLA style, you need to cite the Bible two ways:
- In the text of your paper
- On your Works Cited page.
In Text (parenthetical references)
The first time you borrow from the Bible, include the element that begins the entry in your works cited list -- usually the title of the version, abbreviated name of the book, and chapter and verse numbers. Subsequent citations of the same version are cited by providing divisions alone (book, chapter, verse). Here is an example:
Paul urges Christians to "not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will" (New International Version, Rom. 12.2).
- You do not need to identify the version in subsequent references unless you switch to a different version.
- A period (instead of the typical colon) separates the chapter and verse.
On your works cited page, a citation should include: 1) the version you used; 2) the editor's name, if given; and 3) the publication information. Examples are given below (note that The Message is slightly different because it has an author, not an editor).
The Holy Bible: New International Version. Zondervan, 1984.
The New Oxford Annotated Bible. Edited by Michael D. Coogan, Oxford University Press, 2007.
Peterson, Eugene H. The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. NavPress, 2002.
New International Version. Bible Gateway, www.biblegateway.com. Accessed 29 Jul. 2013.
Peterson, Eugene H. The Message. Bible Gateway, www.biblegateway.com. Accessed 29 Jul. 2013.
- Use a hanging indent and double space your Works Cited page.