Are the Italicized bits in the KJV for emphasis?
Posted by NT Wrong on October 10, 2008
The King James Version of the Bible italicizes words which don’t appear in the Hebrew text, but which are necessary to include so it makes sense in English translation. Here’s an example, where there is no “it was” in Hebrew:
“And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.”
– Genesis 1.4
Unfortunately, this guy thought that the italics must be for emphasis. Finding this a bit silly, he has decided to read out the King James Version chapter-for-chapter on YouTube, emphasing the italicized passages.
I’d tell him — but as he was trying to be a bit of a smart alec, and it’s backfired on him, I think I’ll let him continue for a while and make a complete arse out of himself. He’s already up to Genesis 17, after three days.
On the other hand, I kind of like it. The unpredictable emphasis keeps it kind of surreal.
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