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Restored King James Version Bible Translation

Why yet another translation of the Holy Bible?

Much confusion has arisen from the practice of translating the many Hebrew words referring to God as simply "God". Imagine reading an English novel where the words "brother", "sister", "cousin", "mother", "father", "uncle", etc were all rephrased as "relative". Technically, it would be correct but much of the meaning would be lost to the reader, with potential misunderstandings and confusion. Mary may be described as a relative of John, but is she his mother, his sister, his wife, his cousin, his grand-daughter, etc? Why not prevent the confusion by retaining the original words? 

Our "Restored King James Bible Translations" in this Library have been derived from the King James Authorized Version with the words "God" and "LORD" restored to the original Hebrew words (according to Strong). To improve readability, the verbs and pronouns have been updated to modern forms (no "thou", "sayest", etc). 

These volumes are very useful in understanding the usage and meanings of "God", "LORD", "El", "Elohim", "Eloah", "YHVH" (or "YHWH" or "JHVH"), "YHVH YHVH" (or "YHWH YHWH"), "Adon", "Adonai", etc. 

As an example, the important word "Elohim" is central to the understanding of the Old Testament God and to the reason for salvation, but is the subject of numerous claims regarding its meaning. Some meanings have been "creator", "man from space", a collective noun meaning a family of gods, and a group of powerful angels. The advocates of these claims tell good stories and appear to have evidence to support their ideas. How can you tell what is correct? Check for yourself in these Restored King James books! or do the restoration yourself with your own concordance. Don't take the word of some one else; prove it yourself from the original documents!

These RKJV books have all of the "Elohim" restored and shown explicitly, allowing the reader to learn the true meaning of "Elohim" and to see which alleged "meanings" do not fit. Let the original inspired scriptures of the Bible explain themselves. By considering all of the uses, not just a selected few which support the story teller's spiel, you will see from the usage that many of the claims about the meaning of Elohim are incorrect.

Books available on this site are:
* Genesis (Updated January 2005)   * Leviticus (Updated January 2005)   * Numbers  * Deuteronomy  * Joshua (Updated January 2005)   * Judges  * Ruth   * 1 Samuel   * 2 Samuel   * 1 Kings   * 2 Kings   * 1 Chronicles   * 2 Chronicles   * Ezra   * Nehemiah   * Esther   * Job (Updated February 2005)   * Psalms   * Proverbs   * Ecclesiastes   * Song   * Isaiah  * Jeremiah   * Lamentations   * Ezekiel   * Daniel   * Hosea   * Joel   * Amos   * Obadiah   * Jonah   * Micah   * Nahum   * Habakkuk   * Zephaniah   * Haggai   * Zechariah   * Malachi  

The following versions are stored in the Wayback Machine at, and are snapshots of the pages at the time of capture. Note that the source URLs are no longer correct; use the URLs shown by the Wayback Machine in your browser location field.

* Exodus (January 1998)  * Leviticus (January 1998)   * Numbers (January 1998)  * Deuteronomy (January 1998)  * Joshua (January 1998)  * Judges (January 1998)  * 1 Samuel (January 1998)  * Job (September 1998)  * Isaiah (September 1998)  * Daniel (January 1999) 

eBook / HTML Book

Colour Highlighted Text, Plain English

("Plain" has more modern updates than "Basic")
An HTML book comprising all of the Hebrew Scriptures with the 2013 updated King James English and representation of the Divine Name as YHWH or JHVH is available with words of divine origin highlighted in colour. It contains internal links to make navigation easier, and a quick links section at the beginning to assist on small screen devices. The HTML file is 3.8 Megabytes, and a compressed ZIP version of 1.1 Megabytes is provided for slow links.

No Highlights, Basic English

("Basic" is closer to the old style King James Version language)
Built with the 2012 text.

PDF Book with internal hyperlinks

Using a browser such as Firefox or Opera, you should be able to navigate within the PDF book of the Hebrew Scriptures, "RKJV - Basic Series: 2012 YHWH Rendition". It contains a Quick Links section at the front so you can jump within the 906 page document quickly. It may work in a smartphone or eBook reader which accepts PDF documents, but has not been tested. Some devices have not yet implemented clickable internal links, and some eBook readers do not like preformatted pages. You can download the 3.55MB file from here, or read it online but without the hyperlinks at Google Drive or download from Google Drive (A menu item in the File menu). Google PDF reader does not implement internal hyperlinks.

Standard PDF Books

These PDF books contain 2009 or earlier versions of the early individual RKJV books gathered in the normal order. They are available in two printer paper sizes: A4 and letter. Pages are layed out in two columns. Each PDF file is around 6 MB.

Two margin sizes are available.

There are three alternate Divine Name versions, which should suit almost everyone who is seeking a more accurate rendition of the Divine Name. Only the four consonants are displayed; the reader can mentally expand it to whatever is desired. For example, JHVH can be a representation of 'Jehovah'; YHVH a representation of 'Yahveh", 'Yehovah', 'Yahovah', etc; and YHWH a representation of 'Yahweh', 'Yehowah", 'Yahowah', etc.

* JHVH version
A4 paper size, narrow margins (5.9 MB, 629 pp), A4 paper size, standard margins (6.3 MB, 841 pp), letter paper size, narrow margins (5.9 MB, 659 pp), ++letter paper size, standard margins (6.3 MB, 879 pp)
* YHVH version
A4 paper size, narrow margins (5.9 MB, 629 pp), A4 paper size, standard margins (6.3 MB, 841 pp), letter paper size, narrow margins (5.9 MB, 659 pp), letter paper size, standard margins (6.3 MB, 879 pp)
* YHWH version
A4 paper size, narrow margins (5.9 MB, 631 pp), A4 paper size, standard margins (6.3 MB, 841 pp), letter paper size, narrow margins (5.9 MB, 659 pp), letter paper size, standard margins (6.3 MB, 881 pp)

Note that the Restored Names King James Version ( is a different translation and has no connection with our Restored King James Version publications.

Download modules for The Word Bible Software

The Word free software is available from

Download e-Sword modules

e-Sword Version 8 compatible modules, using YHWH, are available. (eSword Version 9 adopted a different internal structure which is incompatible with earlier versions, thus rendering all previous modules unuseable with eSword versions 9 and later.)

Free e-Sword software is available from

The archived Archival Christianity Study Library with earlier Restored King James Version and other documents can be viewed at Paticularly recommended is Read the Book! by David Jon Hill at . A copy is available.

Also see How to Study the Bible recommendations by David Jon Hill. 

Links for further reading

Written by Selwyn Russell, first published September 1995. Copyright Selwyn Russell 1995, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2020.  

Latest update: March 2020 (August 2013 March 2013 July 2011, October 2010, September 2010, 17 Jan 2010; 20 Oct, 11 April 2009. 2008 updates: 12 October; 27, 22 September; 31 August; 21 June; 7 May; 22 March 2008)

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