CLF 19/19 King James Bible Grammar & Punctuation

By | June 17, 2016

The Adventure of the Vocabulary of the King James Bible

Chapter 19

in chapter 18 we looked at the power of pronouns in understanding complex verses in the book of Hebrews.

Compound Relative Pronouns

Complications caused by Compound Relative Pronouns

Whosoever and Whomsoever are compound relative pronouns

– no matter who – anybody at all

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17

 

 

Whosoever/whomsoever simply means anybody at all, no matter who.
It is totally open to include anyone.
Whosoever will – anybody at all that is willing. Willing to take the water of life that is freely given to those who put their trust in and follow the Lamb who is slain.

 

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
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When it comes to election

The understanding of the elections of “sovereignty” and foreknowledge of God must be framed within the understanding of Whosoever/whomsoever!

Is the interpretation of pronouns useful in determining doctrine?

Does whosoever (a compound relative pronoun) present a problem for the many shades of Calvinism?

Simple answer Yes

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The word SOVEREIGNTY/SOVEREIGN is not a King James Bible word and properly refers to the realms of this world, the kingdoms and nations of earth. The word of God never applies as a term.
Calvinism or sometimes known as Reformed Theology comes in many different shades.
At some point, they all suggest that the absolute sovereignty of God overrides the action of mankind’s free will.
The five TULIP points of Calvinism:
T – Total Depravity: Man is so sinful he can’t save himself, nor can he even exercise faith to believe Christ.
U – Unconditional Election: God chooses those who will be saved based upon His will, not upon their merit.
L – Limited Atonement: Jesus died only for the elect. Those whom God has not elected can never be saved.
I – Irresistible Grace: God extends an internal call to the chosen, which they cannot resist.
P – Perseverance of the Saints: Once you’re saved, you can’t lose your salvation.

The doctrinal problem

– especially with limited atonement – is exposed through TULIP Calvinists grammatical misuse of the pronoun whosoever.

Whosoever – the subject to the verb

whomsoever – the object of the verb

Whosoever – whoever will= anyone at all

whomsoever – whom ever will = anyone at all

Pay close attention to the pronoun whosoever (always a subject of the verb) in Scriptures

 

 

As a matter of interest
whoso used 54 times
whosoever used 163 times
whomsoever used 20 times
whomever used zero times
whomso used zero times
in the KJV

Whosoever – anyone at all

“That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” John 3:15.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” Romans 10:13.

 

 

John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

underline the compound relative pronouns
in these verses is this compound relative pronoun always the subject of the verb? Yes [ ] No [ ] Uncertain [ ]

Whosoever is always subjective

These are clearly salvation related statements that use whosoever as the subject.

 

 

John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

Subjective pronoun “whosoever”

 

Does whosoever mean anybody at all? Yes [ ] No [ ] Uncertain [ ]
is whosoever the subject of these verbs? Yes [ ] No [ ] Uncertain [ ]

Further proof using prepositions

that whosoever is the subject is revealed by the prepositions. (in & upon)

The prepositions always indicate the object, not the subject: in him; in him; upon the name of,

“…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish…” John 3:15

“…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish..” John 3:16

“..whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13.

 

 

The phrase “whosoever believeth in him should not perish” in these verses from John are a good example of the two or three witnesses found throughout the King James Bible
Notice the repetition of this phrase explains exactly that the term eternal means everlasting

 

John 3:15-16 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

Underline the prepositions in these verses

the wrong pronoun again

It should be “Whom”

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” Romans 10:13

Since TULIP Calvinists believe that it is God alone who elects and calls, without man’s acquiescence, the pronoun they would want to use is whom.

Whom, representing the object of the work, would indicate that the people are receiving, not initiating the believing or calling.

Even whomsoever won’t work

For Calvinism Whomsoever won’t work

Even whomsoever (-soever means anyone at all) would indicate the objective sense, is available to all.

However, the pronoun whosoever is used, not whomsoever.

Who, being subjective, indicates that people initiate the work: they believe; they call upon the Lord; they are the subjects.

 

 

Whosoever. being subjective, indicates that people initiate the work: they believe; they call upon the Lord
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Whomsoever as an example

“Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall,…” Luke 20:18

Here we have the subject and the object in the one verse.

 

 

Luke 20:18 Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

 

Can you see what happens when “whosoever” becomes “whomsoever”? Yes [ ] No [ ] Uncertain [ ]

Whosoever not Who

Some TULIP apologists might say, “Well of course they believe, this refers to those who have been elected by God.”

Notice, though, that the pronoun goes beyond “who”: it’s a whosoever.

This means anybody, anywhere, without restrictions, can exercise faith and be saved.

It is God who shows mercy for all and calls all to the perfect sacrifice that he has provided for all

 

 

can you find Scriptures to demonstrate these thoughts?
Shows mercy for all
calls all
provides the sacrifice for all

Whosoever and the new twist

while many have left Tulip Calvinism they are clinging to the idea of once you are saved, you can’t lose salvation

The idea being that you can’t be born again and then unborn again

Can a person who through faith is born again then fall from grace?

“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” Galatians 5:4

 

 

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Nicodemus could not understand either but that did not stop it being true – you can be born again so therefore you can be unborn again.

 

Whatever you believe is true doctrine or not you ought to at least understand the grammar of the English.
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Whosoever in the book of life

who ends up having his name blotted out of the book of life ends up in the lake of fire.

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. ” Revelation 20:15

“..Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. Exodus 32:33

“whose names are in the book of life.” Philippians 4:3

“….and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life,” Revelation 3:5

 

 

Exodus 32:33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
Philippians 4:3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

 

Your name would have to be in the book to be blotted out of the book.
Is it possible to fall from grace? Yes [ ] No [ ] Uncertain [ ]

 

Whatever you believe is true doctrine or not you ought to at least understand the grammar of the English.
Do not you agree? Yes [ ] No [ ] Uncertain [ ]

Conclusion

Understanding simple pronouns sheds light upon a disputed passage. Now these verses fit perfectly – without wresting the Scriptures, without hyper-dispensationalism, and without gainsaying. (Gainsaying = to speak against, to contradict as in withstanding the authority of the Scriptures)

A regular working man, with or without letters before or after his name, can (and should) read his Bible and solve the problems the so-called experts trip over, by applying simple and overt English grammar

 

 

Gainsaying
look at the Scriptures, its context is verbally standing against the authority of God and his word.
Look at the example set by Core (Korah)
Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
Numbers 16:1-4 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: 3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? 4 And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:

 

Did he withstand the God-given authority of Moses to his face ? Yes [ ] No [ ] Uncertain [ ]

 

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

 

Acts 10:29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?

 

Romans 10:21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

 

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

 

Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

Paul Scott’s Conclusion

Paul Scott says, in his book, “I have sympathy for the sincere student that has been admonished to “Read your Bible!”

It’s good counsel. Hopefully the same counsellor is also willing to teach how to read the Bible and give God the benefit of the doubt, even when it seems contrary to higher scholastic criticism.”

Faith

Hebrews draws a clear division regarding faith:

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” Hebrews 11:6.

I believe that God is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. I also believe He desires to communicate to His people in a flawless, unmistakable manner: by words and structure that are absolute and without error.

Grammar First

I strongly urge both believer and doubter to approach the Bible – especially the supposed difficult epistles such as Hebrews – with a grammar first mentality.

Understand the grammar

Grammar will help keep you from deception

Understanding the grammar of the King James Bible will keep you from being boxed in, or proverbially painted into a corner by a fable, doctrine that comes from the mind of man or a science falsely so called.

You can glide through and comprehend the meaning without cutting and pasting chapters or passages into another time zone, or reducing the text to hypothetical prattle.

What does your bible say?

Get to know what your Bible really says

Learn the language of the King James Bible

It’s not necessary to pour through commentaries or seek out experts in Greek and Hebrew:

The answers to all of life’s vital questions are in plain sight within the English text of the AV 1611 Holy Bible.

Simplicity

Commentaries, lexicons, and teachers using Greek and Hebrew may have their place, and may add light;

However, the final authority for English-speaking people is what God has (hath) said in concise English.

Faith is simple not blind

This is simple faith, but it’s not blind faith:

the testimony of history, fruit, manuscript evidence, and even grammar concur that this is The Book.

As always, such simple faith will be maligned by the supposed experts.

This has always been the case

These authorities-unto-themselves were also faced and clearly addressed by the KJV translators:

“…we shall be maligned by selfconceited Brethren, who run their own ways, and give liking unto nothing, but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their anvil….”

 

 

The self-conceited Brethren in in this case were the Puritans who wanted to absolutely take part in the secular government of the land and were refuted and withstood by King James I.
They didn’t believe that God appointed kings in spite of the scripture:
Ecclesiastes 8:4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

 

In the entire history of mankind there is only one person fit to be the head of both the Secular And Spiritual Kingdom.
At present the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ is not of this world, not of the politics of this world except as it influences the hearts of rulers and politicians.

No matter what

In any case the word of the LORD remains the only enduring hammer that shapes creatures and creation:

His Word is like a fire and a hammer

“Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:29

 

 

Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

 

God’s people have been lazy

and find the fire and the hammer uncomfortable.

As a consequence of a reliance on other sources and the dilution of its strength in exchange for ease of use, the hammer blows don’t have the impact nor the fire burn the dross they once did.

Thankfully, it’s not too late to be repentant and be reshaped!

 

Do you think that you should learn the language of the King James Bible so that you can read this miraculous book with understanding for yourself? Yes [ ] No [ ] Uncertain [ ]

Disclaimer

Although I enjoy English, I also recognize that I’m not an expert and may have made errors in this explanation.

I pray that they’re not a distraction.

This explanation was written with the intention of strengthening your faith and confidence in the true word of God, which you can, through a little effort, skilfully master.

I may be incomplete in an area or two (I’m not infallible!), but at least you can now distinguish a “wast” from a “wert” or “betray” from “breway”! (As Paul Scott says in his excellent book)

Personal plea

Please pray that the people of God will pick up the scriptures for themselves.

I’m not saying that God cannot speak to you through modern English Bible versions but if it comes down to deciding what God has actually said and is continuing to say then I believe that the King James Bible is the ultimate authority for us who read and understand English

Where is the truth?

You can find truth in reading modern versions

If different versions result in different doctrines and practices of faith, I always take the King James Bible as being the authority.

This Bible is the plumbline that all else should be measured against.

Bless you and keep you as you rest in him, the Lord Jesus Christ. Cheers for now, Dan Wooldridge (with a little help from his friends)