1 Samuel 9:9 (KJV) The Use of Antiquated Words

1 Samuel 9:9 (KJV)
(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)

God’s word seems to give us an interesting insight into the use of antiquated words and phrases here. The Bible said they sought a seer and then explains that at one time in Israel what is now called a prophet was called a seer. Interestingly, after giving us the updated word, the Bible then returns to using the older word.

Our King James Bible is filled with older words not commonly used today. Does this mean we should change bibles to one that uses updated words? Not at all! By explaining and then using those older words we develop our vocabulary and increase our ability to express ourselves.

By the way, very shortly after this chapter even First Samuel will use regularly the modern word prophet. That tells me that I don’t need to revert my habits of speech to an older style. I may and should speak in the common vernacular. But it sure doesn’t hurt, when it comes to the things of God, to be conversant with an older form of speech.



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1 Samuel 9:9 (KJV) The Use of Antiquated Words

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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