N. CHAPTER ELEVEN: “King James for Kids.” This chapter begins with the claim than anyone who says that the KJV is harder to read than newer versions is a liar. The fallacy here is using research which says numbers of words and syllables determines how hard it is to read! This is absurd. It is not how many words or how many syllables which makes reading difficult - it’s the words themselves that must be understood. Contrary to Riplinger’s assertion, my experience shows that KJV is more difficult to understand with its archaic language. Today’s literacy rate is very poor, and this is using current English. It is not a “lie” to say KJV is difficult language for today’s readers. Riplinger searches for words that, in her opinion, are more “difficult” than KJV, when the words she complains of are most often more accurate and more descriptive! Riplinger would have us sacrifice accuracy for simplicity. Yet she claims that using “harder” words demonstrates the fulfillment of 2 Timothy 3:4 when it says, “In the last days...men shall be HEADY, HIGHMINDED” (her cap emphasis). Let’s take a look.
KJV: “If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them.”
“New”: “If any woman who is a believer has dependent widows let her assist them.”
ii. 1 Tim. 5:14: KJV “guide the house” vs “keep house”
NIV: “By faith Abraham even though he was past age - and Sara herself was barren - was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.”