21st Century King James Version (KJ21),  Special Features Page

The 21st Century King James Version contains special features which contribute to reading ease and understanding.

  • The text is presented in an uncrowded, single-column format which is easy to follow across the page.
  • Bold-faced type is used for passages which are among the most powerful, most familiar, best loved, and most-often-quoted and memorized. Combined with the words of Christ, these passages are superlative for teaching Christian morals and values.
  • Poetic portions are arranged in a typical poetic format for ease in responsive reading and memorization.
  • All passages of Scripture listed in the Revised Common Lectionary are clearly marked in the KJ21 text by double diamonds at the beginning of the passage, and a single diamond at the end. The Revised Common Lectionary is currently in use by many mainline church denominations throughout the United States, Canada, and the British Isles in the selection of Sunday Bible readings, sermon topics, and Bible study materials for all age groups. Lectionary citations were selected by an ecumenical committee appointed by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT). This committee was composed of representatives from eighteen large and prominent church denominations including, among others, The Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Roman Catholic Church in the United States, Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship, United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church. The selected citations purport to speak to "the needs and issues of the day." This special feature should be useful in showing which portions of Scripture the CCT considers most relevant to today's religious and social environment. Exclusions from the lectionary (those passages not included within the diamonds) will be of particular interest to the critics of the Revised Common Lectionary in showing which portions of Bible text the CCT considers to be of lesser importance for the circumstances of the day. A comparison with earlier lectionaries, and with the emphasized text in the KJ21, will also be helpful for this purpose.
  • Chapter summaries from the original 1611 King James Version are included, a feature found in no other modern Bible. Click here to see what Mark, Chapter 1 looks like.
  • Cross references from the original 1611 King James Version have been included.
  • The preface to the original 1611 edition of the King James Version, entitled The Translators to the Reader, updated and abridged, is included in the Appendix.
  • Comfortable type sizes and styles facilitate reading ease.
  • Capitalization, paragraphing, and punctuation have been updated.
  • All text from the King James Version is included.


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