The Value of the KJV’s Singular/Plural Distinctions

John 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

“On the singular/plural distinction, the Gospel of John would be the best place to demonstrate its necessity. Nicodemus was told, YE must be born again. The modern born-again Christian phenomenon is built on the misunderstanding that the individual was the referent. The woman of Samaria said to Jesus, YE say… In modern versions it reads, YOU say, and a reader assumes the referent is Jesus, which would be an error. When Jesus speaks to the disciples he repeatedly addresses one but makes reference to all. This also appears significantly in the other Gospels. The Epistles also include numerous places where the plural is essential to the proper understanding of the letter. In cases where the Epistle is addressed to one person, as in Philemon and 2 and 3 John, a reader who is unaware of a distinction of the pronoun is left entirely in the dark as to the corporate relevance of these letters.”

Comment #52, Rev. Matthew Winzer, Australian Free Church, Victoria, Australia

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