Why can't I find the words that I am searching for?
(AKA does the BLB have spelling errors?)

When you do a search for a word on the "Phrase Search / Concordance" you might experience a problem looking for your specific word. The "Phrase Search / Concordance" searches the King James Version. The edition of the King James Version that we use is the 1769 Edition. Because of this, there are some minor spelling variations, even from more recent editions of the King James Version.

The following table compares various spellings from Modern versions of the KJV with the 1769 edition (the one used on the BLB) and the 1611 edition (the first edition):

always alway alwayJob 7:16
astonished astonied astoniedJob 17:8
braided broided broided1Ti 2:9
cliffs clifts cliftsJob 30:6
drove drave draueAct 18:16
graft/grafted graff/graffed graffe/graffedRom 11:23
heretic heretick heretikeTts 3:10
hungered hungred hungredMat 25:35
idle idol idollZec 11:17
Phoenicia Phenicia PheniceaAct 21:2
public publick publiqueMat 1:19
reward rereward rerewardIsa 52:12
rye rie ryeIsa 28:25
sergeants serjeants sergeantsAct 16:38
show shew shewJhn 14:8
spew spue spewRev 3:16
subtle subtil subtillGen 3:1
steadfast stedfast stedfast1Cr 15:58
Stoics Stoicks StoikesAct 17:18
thoroughly throughly throughly2Ti 3:17
today to day to dayHbr 4:7
vats fats fatsJoe 2:24
veil vail vaile2Cr 3:16

Another difficult one may have is alternate spellings of the same name. This is especially the case when a name appears in both Old and New Testaments; because one spelling is based upon Hebrew and another is based upon Greek, there can be subtle differences. Some examples of these differences include the following names:

  • Elijah/Elias
  • Gideon/Gedeon
  • Isaiah/Esaias
  • Jephthah/Jephthae
  • Melchizedek/Melchisedec
  • Noah/Noe
  • Sarah/Sara
  • Zion/Sion

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