Counterfeit King James Bibles
In my quest to seek out a concise and correct copy of the King James Bible to
create the King James Pure Bible Search application, my journey crossed paths
with a man by the name of Nic Kizziah, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA.
At the time, I had several different copies of the King James Bible text I had
downloaded online. The problem was they didn’t agree with each other. They
were all supposed to be the original “King James” text, but after even very simple
comparison on a computer, they were markedly different.
By a process of elimination, I finally narrowed my search down to the SWORD
Project’s 1769 version and a plain-text version of the Pure Cambridge Edition.
They agreed with each other. See the
But while my text sources finally agreed with each other, I wanted yet another
independent witness to at least verify the statistical counts and confirm that the
numbers I had were indeed correct. However, none of the websites I found that
had detailed statistics on the word counts of the King James Bible agreed with my
numbers, nor the numbers of any of the other texts I had either. I was getting
very frustrated, to say the least.
Then, God allowed my search to cross paths with Nic Kizziah. I had come across
his numbers online from a website that turned out not to be his website, but a
clone of an old copy his website that someone had copied.
I spoke with him on the phone and he explained how in their early days of
researching the counts, they had attempted to do so via a computer program, but
arrived at incorrect results, and didn’t realize it until after it was published. By
then, many many people had copied the results to their own websites and thus
erroneous counts spread.
He had a later article that he had published in September 2003 using the data
generated by another computer programmer, David Dougherty, whom had fixed
the errors of the previous attempt. He pointed me to that newsletter on his
numbers perfectly. I had my third independent witness who was able to confirm
that the other two witnesses I had (the 1611 text and 1769 text that I had copies of)
were indeed correct.
I’ve known that the other translations of the Bible are corruptions of God’s Word,
but one thing I hadn’t considered was the possibility of purchasing a King James
Bible from a “reputable” publisher and find it to be a corrupt counterfeit as well.
I know most of you using this application are King James Only Believers, as I am,
and will be interested in reading Nic’s article on “
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