What are some English words that have changed in meaning since the translation of the KJV?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
The King James Version of the Bible has been a great blessing to millions of people. Its publication in 1611 was a landmark event, giving English speakers everywhere the ability to read Scripture f...

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In addition to the instances noted by Mr.Houdmann, the word "prevent", which was used in multiple verses in the King James Version (KJV) (such as 1 Thessalonians 4:15) in the sense of "come before" (from "pre-" and "venire" (Latin for "to come") or "precede", today means "to keep from happening".

Another example is the word "let". which was used in the KJV in verses such as Romans 1:13 to mean "hinder", but which today usually means "allow" or "permit", which is essentially an opposite meaning to the KJV usage. (However, the word "let" in the sense of "hinder" is still used today in the game of tennis, where a serve that contacts the net before landing in the correct service box is called a "let", because the net has hindered the serve's progress.)

There is also the word "suffer", which in the KJV (in verses such as Matthew 3:15 and Matthew 19:14) meant "to allow" or "to permit", but which today commonly means "to experience pain or affliction".

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