KING JAMES BIBLE:
PURE CAMBRIDGE EDITION
Is your King James Bible authentic?
¶ KING JAMES BIBLE: PURE CAMBRIDGE EDITION: DIGITAL ELECTRONIC TEXT
"...Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” (Psalm 138:2).
The Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible is God’s providentially appointed Word for the whole world which reveals the name of the Father as “Jehovah,” and the name of His Son, “Jesus,” in whom there is salvation, and the name of the “Holy Ghost,” who also manifests Himself in true traditional Pentecostalism.
The standard text of the Pure Cambridge Edition of the King James Bible has been published on this website. You are free to download this definitive electronic text of the King James Bible (KJB). The actual King James Bible text of the Pure Cambridge Edition (PCE) has been presented free of any typographical error, and is completely correct. It is scrupulously exact in typesetting right down to the italics and punctuation.
This precise edition of the King James Bible is wholly based on the received traditional text as was published by Cambridge University Press and by Collins publishers. This electronic text has been made in Australia for the purpose of the exaltation of the Bible within Australasia. This Word is necessary for true Pentecostal revival throughout the whole Earth. The English Bible has been providentially raised up by God for a great dissemination of the true Gospel.
The Pure Cambridge Edition (first published circa 1900) is the product of the process of textual purification that has occurred since 1611 when the Authorized Version was completed, and has been used (often unwittingly) as the received text for many decades. Millions of copies conformed to this edition were issued by Bible and missionary societies in the twentieth century. This text stands in contrast to all other editions (especially newly edited and modernized ones). The providentially established and correct text has, among other things, “Geba” not “Gaba” at Ezra 2:26.
The following downloadable files of the Holy Bible are presented for any use, including all forms of further publishing. Use this text as the definitive standard.
The following file requires at least a document 2001 word processor:
King James Bible: Pure Cambridge Edition: Formatted Document (9.04 MB)
The following file requires a pdf reading program:
King James Bible: Pure Cambridge Edition: PDF (5.85 MB)
The following file can be viewed by most text programs:
King James Bible: Pure Cambridge Edition: Rich Text Format (6.30 MB)
A ready for print file of the King James Bible in Plain Text Minion has been presented. Utilize this for printing and binding your own Bible(s). Using paper thinner than 80gsm is strongly recommended. Features include:
exact Pure Cambridge Edition text of the King James Bible.
small page size (standard A5 size 148 x 210 mm with ample margins).
uniform odd and even pages ready for print (single sided 900 pages, double = 450 sheets).
page numbering, blank pages, title pages, contents and running book headings.
with the correct text of The Epistle Dedicatory and The Translators to the Reader.
clean text with classic Minion style typeface and characters.
specifically designed for home printing or low budget print run, requires binding and cover.
The following file requires a pdf reading program:
King James Bible: Pure Cambridge Edition: Plain Text Minion: PDF: (6.92 MB)
¶ ARE IMPURE EDITIONS OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE INERRANT?
A typographical error is not actually an "error" in the Bible, because it is only a presentation error. The fact is that any KJB (of the proper tradition) is still presenting the same text and translation that is correct. The issue is not about "errancy," but about purity of presentation. (The problem is if someone is thinking that an impure rendering is the truth, if it differs to the intended and proper presentation, especially when meaning is potentially altered.)
If we have an inerrant text and translation, and yet we have many differing editions of it, we would also want to have the edition which has the standard spelling and that is free from perpetuated typographical errors. As a whole, the Pure Cambridge Edition is this, and I have presented electronic copies that are free from even little accidental one-off errors of the kind that are likely to appear in almost every book on the planet.
However there are some so-called KJBs which are corrupt, because the text and translation have been altered, e.g. the margin notes interpolated, or so-called “archaic” words changed.
The point is that the proper intended message and meaning of the KJB is linked with the most accurate presentation. This does not mean that present impure copies, or old copies are wrong or not “real Bibles”, but it does mean that there are places where there was potentially a question, for example, should it be “ye” or “he” in Jeremiah 34:16? Resolving this has been taking into account many factors, such as, the Hebrew, the 1611 Edition, the 1769 Edition, various opinions, and other such things. But the foundation is that God has provided out of history a completely correct edition, for which there is a witness to in a great consensus of literally millions of copies. By receiving the true edition, which is in line with God’s promise of having the seven-times purified Word, we have the responsibility to study the issue, and seeing that these things be so. (All kinds of internal and external evidences vindicate the PCE, and show it to be presentationally superior to any other edition at any place of difference.)
Also, I would point out that to have a standard copy of the King James Bible is an idea that a non-KJB person could accept, even if they do not accept that it is the pure presentation of the perfect version of God’s Word in English for the world. (After all, scholars accept the logic of having the “Cambridge standard Shakespeare” etc.)
Some presently printed Bibles are going to be closer to the "pure" edition than others, e.g. a Pitt Minion Cambridge, which was once a PCE, may now still be fairly close since Cambridge has been making changes away from the pure.
Last of all, I will mention that even if we had the final draft with handwriting in it that was delivered to the press in 1610/1611, we would find that this master copy would not be the "standard presentation", though it would obviously have the correct text and translation just the same as any 1769-based printed copy today. We know that this is the case for a number of reasons: 1. the text and translation have not altered between the first printed copy and 1769. 2. that if there was a problem, there would have been a public comment, alteration by translators, alteration by printers and/or rejection by King James at the outset; history gives no such testimony of textual or translational defects in the King James Bible, and every change that was made, e.g. in 1638, was in line with purification, namely, of clearing out typographical errors, standardizing the language and introducing other regularization, including in the use of italics.
For a quick check, look at whether Ezra 2:26 has the spelling “Geba.”
Use this checklist to ascertain whether the Bible is a Pure Cambridge Edition:
1. “or Sheba” not “and Sheba” in Joshua 19:2
2. “sin” not “sins” in 2nd Chronicles 33:19
3. “Spirit of God” not “spirit of God” in Job 33:4
4. “whom ye” not “whom he” in Jeremiah 34:16
5. “Spirit of God” not “spirit of God” in Ezekiel 11:24
6. “flieth” not “fleeth” in Nahum 3:16
7. “Spirit” not “spirit” in Matthew 4:1
8. “further” not “farther” in Matthew 26:39
9. “bewrayeth” not “betrayeth” in Matthew 26:73
10. “Spirit” not “spirit” in Mark 1:12
11. “spirit” not “Spirit” in Acts 11:28
12. “spirit” not “Spirit” in 1st John 5:8