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The “Built In” KJV Dictionary

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A judge was interviewing a woman regarding her pending divorce, and asked, “What are the grounds for your divorce?” She replied, “About four acres and a nice little home in the middle of the property with a stream running by.” “No,” he said, “I mean what is the foundation of this case?” “It is made of concrete, brick and mortar,” she responded. “I mean,” he continued, “What are your relations like?” “I have an aunt and uncle living here in town, and so do my husband’s parents.” He said, “Do you have a real grudge?” “No,” she replied, “We have a two-car carport and have never really needed one.” “Please,” he tried again, “is there any infidelity in your marriage?” “Yes, both my son and daughter have stereo sets. We don’t necessarily like the music, but the answer to your questions is yes.” “Ma’am, does your husband ever beat you up?” “Yes,” she responded, “about twice a week he gets up earlier than I do.” Finally, in frustration, the judge asked, “Lady, why do you want a divorce?” “Oh, I don’t want a divorce,” she replied. “I’ve never wanted one. My husband does. He said he can’t communicate with me!”
One of the chief criticisms of the KJV is that it has words that are just too hard to understand.  But a study of the 1,000 most difficult terms in the KJV reveals that God defines them in His Word.  And it often works on the basis of “first” and “follow”.  First – the original time the word is used.  Follow -  right after the word there will be another word or phrase explaining it.  I have provided a few examples:

Genesis 1:26 – Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish…

Q & A – What does dominion mean?  To be over.

Genesis 8:1-5 – And the waters asswaged …  stopped … restrained … returned … abated … decreased.

Q & A – What does asswage mean?  To stop, restrain, return, abate, decrease.

Exodus 26:3 – The five curtains shall be coupled together one to another…

Q & A – What does coupled mean?  To be joined together, one to another.

Psalm 30:1 – I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up…

Q & A – What does the word extol mean?  To lift up.

John 11:44 – Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Q & A – What does loose mean? To let go.

II Corinthians 11:2 – That I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Q & A – What does chaste mean?  A virgin person.

The bottom line?  This is part of what the Psalmist meant when he said of God’s Word in 119:130 -

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.