1769 King James Bible Text Comparison
During my search for a King James Bible text to use for King James Pure Bible
Search, numerous source Bible text documents were compared and verified. I
know many people swear by the Pure Cambridge Edition. The extent of the
differences between the 1769 King James Bible SWORD Module used by King
James Pure Bible Search (labeled as “1769”) compared with the Pure
Cambridge Edition (labeled as “PCE”) are outlined here:
1769 text capitalizes the “S” on “LORD'S” throughout and the PCE has it as
The PCE decomposes all “æ” characters into individual “ae” letters
(searching for these in KJPBS can be controlled by enabling “
” on Search Phrases).
The PCE doesn't hyphenate compound place names whereas the 1769 does
(KJPBS lets you control hyphenization in the
The 1769 has red-letter Words of Jesus markup whereas the PCE does not.
(The visibility of this is controlled in the
Between the 1769 and PCE, there are slight differences in agreement of
which words should be marked with italics (i.e. translation add/change
words). However, the actual words themselves are the same.
There's a few slight differences in placement of commas and punctuation.
The PCE has an extra word “and” in Exodus 23:23, bringing its complete
word count to 789630 for the “Text Proper” and 790850 when including
colophons and superscriptions. Given the even nature of the counts, most
likely the PCE is correct with adding this word. However, even there it's
labeled as a “translation add word” and marked in italics.
The spelling of 10 words have changed as follows:
And that's basically it. The 1769 King James Bible SWORD Module was chosen so
that red-letter markup and hyphenization options can be offered to the end-user,
but otherwise they say exactly the same thing. You can view the exact side-by-side
comparison from my check-in on SourceForge at: