KJV 1611

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Sample: Genesis 1

The following is a faithful representation of Genesis 1 from Authorized Version of 1611[1], commonly called the King James Version.
This is frequently confused with 1769 edition by Benjamin Blayney,[2] which is the basis of most modern printings.

              THE FIRST BOOKE OF MOSES, called GENESIS.
              The creation of the world.
              1 The creation of Heauen and Earth, 3 of the
              light, 6 of the firmament, 9 of the earth ſe-
              parated from the waters, 11 and made fruit-
              full, 14 of the Sunne, Moone and Starres,
              20 of fiſh and fowle, 24 of beaſts and cat-
              tell, 26 of Man in the Image of God. 29 Al-
              ſo the appointment of food.
*Pſal.33.6.                             n *the beginning
and 136.5.                              God created the
acts.14.15.                             Heauen and the
and 17.24.                              Earth.
hebr.11.3.              I                 2   And the
                                        earth was with=
                                        out forme , and
                                        voyd; and darke=
                                        neſſe was vpon
              the face of the deepe: And the Spirit
              of God mooued vpon the face of the
*2.Cor.         3   And God ſaid, *Let there be light:
4.6           and there was light.
†Hebr.be-       4   And God ſaw the light, that it was
tweene the    good: and God diuided †the light from
light and be- the darkeneſſe.
tweene the      5   And God called the light, Day,
darkeneſſe.   and the darkneſſe he called Night: †and
†Hebr. and    the euening and the morning were the
the euening   firſt day.
was, and the    6   ¶And God faid, *Let there be a
morning was.  †firmament in the midſt of the waters:
etc           and let it diuide the waters from the
*Pfal.136.    waters.
5 ier.10.12     7   And God made the firmament
and 51.15.    and diuided the waters, which were vn=
†Hebr.Ex-     der the firmament, from the waters,
panſion.      which were above the firmament: and it
              was ſo.
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*Ier.51.15.     8   And God called the *firmament
              Heaven : and the euening and the mor=
              ning were the ſecond day.
*Pſal.33.7.     9   ¶And God ſaid, *Let the waters
and 136.5.    vnder the heauen be gathered together
iob.38.8.     vnto one place, and let the dry land ap=
              peare: and it was ſo.
                10  And God called the drie land,
              Earth, the gathering together of
              the waters called hee, Seas: and God
              ſaw that it was good.
†Heb.tender     11  And God ſaid, Let the Earth bring
graſſe.       foorth †graſſe, the herbe yeelding ſeed,
              and the fruit tree, yeelding fruit after his
              kinde, whole ſeed is in it ſelfe, vpon the
              earth : and it was ſo.
                12  And the earth brought foorth
              graſſe, and herbe yeelding ſeed after his
              kinde, and the tree yeelding fruit, whole
              ſeed was in it ſelfe , after his kinde: and
              God ſaw that it was good.
                13  And the euening and the morning
              were the third day.
*Deu.4.19       14  ¶And God ſaid, Let there bee
pſal.136.7.   *lights in the firmament of the heauen,
              to diuide †the day from the night: and
†Hebr.be-     let them be for ſignes and for ſeaſons,
tweene the    and for dayes and yeeres.
day and be-    15  And let them be for lights in the
tweene the    firmament of the heaven, to give light
night.        vpon the earth: and it was ſo.
                16  And God made two great lights:
†Hebr. for    the greater light † to rule the day, and
the rule of   the leſſer light to rule the night: he made
the day, etc. the ſtarres alſo.
                17  And God ſet them in the firma=
              ment of the heauen, to give light vpon
              the earth:
*Ier.31.35      18  And to * rule ouer the day , and
                                       A         ouer
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The creation of man. Geneſis. The firft Sabbath.
              ouer the night, and to diuide the light
              from the darkeneſſe: and God ſaw that
              it was good.
                19  And the euening and the morning
              were the fourth day.
*4.Eſdr.6.      20  And God ſaid, *Let the waters
47.           bring foorth aboundantly the ||mouing
||Or, cree-   creature that hath †life , and foule that
ping.         may flie aboue the earth in the †open
†Heb.ſoule.   firmament of heauen.
†Heb. face    21  And God created great whales,
of the firma- and every liuing creature that moueth,
ment of hea-  which the waters brought forth aboun=
uen.          dantly after their kinde, and euery win=
              ged foule after his kinde : and God ſaw
              that it was good.
*Chap.8.        22  And God bleſſed them, ſaying, *Be
17.and 9.1.   fruitfull, and multiply, and fill the wa=
              ters in the Seas, and let foule multiply
              in the earth.
                23 And the euening and the morning
              were the fift day.
                24 ¶And God ſaid, Let the earth
              bring forth the liuing creature after his
              kinde, cattell, and creeping thing, and
              beaſt of the earth after his kinde: and it
              was ſo.
                25  And God made the beaſt of the
              earth after his kinde, and cattell after
              their kinde, and euery thing that cree=
              peth vpon the earth , after his kinde:
              and God ſaw that it was good.
*Chap.5.1.      26  ¶And God ſaid, *Let us make
and 9.6.      man in our Image , after our likeneſſe:
1.corin.11.   and let them haue dominion ouer the
7.ephes.4.    fiſh of the ſea, and ouer the foule of the
14.col.3.     aire, and ouer the cattell, and ouer all
10            the earth,and ouer euery creeping thing
              that creepeth vpon the earth.
                27  So God created man in his owne
*Matth.19     Image, in the Image of God created
4. wiſd.2.    hee him; *male and female created hee
23.           them.
                28  And God bleſſed them, and God
*Chap.9.1     ſaid vnto them, *Be fruitfull, and mul=
              tiply, and repleniſh the earth, and ſub=
              due it, and haue dominion ouer the fiſh
              of the ſea, and ouer the foule of the aire,
†Heb.cree-    and ouer euery liuing thing that †moo=
peth.         ueth upon the earth.
                29  ¶And God faid, Behold, I haue
†Hebr.ſee-    giuen you euery herbe †bearing ſeede,
ding ſeed.    which is vpon the face of all the earth,
              and euery tree, in the which is the fruit
*Chap.9.3     of a tree yeelding ſeed, *to you it ſhall be
              for meat:
                30  And to euery beaſt of the earth,
              and to euery foule of the aire, and to eue=
              ry thing that creepeth vpon the earth,
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†Hebr.a li-   wherein there is †life, I haue giuen euery
uing foule.   greene herbe for meat: and it was ſo.
*Ecclus.39      31  And *God ſaw euerything that
 16.          hee had made : and behold, it was very
              good. And the euening and the morn=
              ning were the ſixth day.


  1. This was manually transcribed from: http://dewey.library.upenn.edu/sceti/printedbooksNew/index.cfm?TextID=kjbible&PagePosition=77
  2. Current KJV printings feature certain post-1611-edition editorial changes, 18th century spelling, an enhanced system of "supplied words" (the words printed in italics as having no equivalent in the original Biblical texts but added for clarity), and emended punctuation.

The Apocrypha

Most editions of the KJV printed before the mid-nineteenth century contained the Apocrypha (aka Deuterocanonical books).

Margin notes and cross-references

Blayney's 1769 edition contained both marginal notes and cross-references. The OT references included many to the deuterocanonical books (aka the Apocrypha). [1]


  1. The KJV SWORD module contains 6959 notes, but as yet, we have found a reliable digital source for the cross-references.

Historic reprints

There was a scrupulous original-spelling, page-for-page, and line-for-line reprint of the 1611 edition (including all chapter headings, marginalia, and original italicization, but with Roman type substituted for the black letter of the original), published by Oxford in 1833. [1]


  1. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorized_King_James_Version#cite_note-95.

Modern reprints

Digitally remastered edition

Facsimile editions


Further reading

  • Scrivener, F. H. A., The Authorized Edition of the English Bible (1611) - Its Subsequent Reprints and Modern Representatives. (1884). A modern (2004) reprint (with some additions & corrections) is available as paperback from Wipf & Stock Publishers. ISBN 1-59244-634-5
  • Nicolson, Adam, God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible (2003) [1].
    Same book with different title, When God Spoke English: The Making of the King James Bible (2011) [2]
  • McGrath, Alister, In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible (2011) [3]

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