Blame it on King James!

Open BibleYou may have heard Perry tell the story of how when he was in high school, he didn’t take his classes in English seriously, and as a result he was a terrible speller. It seemed no matter how he tried, he would always misspell about 15 words wrong. Now with spell check on his computer, he does a far better job but there are a few words that, when he types them out, still come out incorrect. The other day he began laughing and said, “I have a revelation…now I get it…I know why!” I said, “What do you now know?” He replied, “I now know why I would spell certain words wrong!”


When he gave me the explanation, I realized that he may actually have a valid point. You see, Perry began studying the Bible at age 16, and would spend hours reading and writing the Scriptures for messages. His main Bible was a Dake’s Annotated Bible, specifically the 1611 King James Translation.


We have a large 400 year special edition of the 1611 Bible that was given to us by Gideon Shore, and the original words at times are hard to read, since the “s” in words looks more like an “f,” the “I” often looks in print like the letter “Y” and many words end in “e,” such as seek is spelled in the 1611 translation as “seeke.” Thus in the original 1611 the word “sins” looks like “fins.” Actually the type of print and these oddities of the old English language make the original script quite difficult to read. Later the English language and the alphabet were refined and made more readable to the common people, and the 1611 is the most known and read of all Biblical translations.


In the 1611 translation, there are several words spelled different than the actual spelling we use in modern English. As one example, the word favor is spelled “favour” in the 1611. For years, Perry would spell favor as favour. When he took a class in English at Lee College Continuing Studies, he made a C- in this class because his spelling was incorrect. He was reading this word over and over again, and it was favour in his mind. Another word is a sweet smelling “savor.” In the 1611 is it is spelled savour (Matt. 5:13). The old English would add the letter u into different words and the u was later removed when the language was refined.


Now back to the point. Because certain words were continually being read and seen in his mind from the Old English spelling, he would spell words in books and messages, especially in his early ministry, in the King’s English! Today he has improved greatly, but was laughing and said, “I wish I could tell my teachers years ago that they can blame my improper spelling of about 10 words on King James!


I thought this was funny and you would enjoy the story. Have a great day!

Love and Prayers,