vitally important. In some languages, there simply is not an English counterpart to a particular
word, so we have to get as close as we can. For instance, the name James does not have a word in
Spanish. You would have to say Jaime (HY-M EE) which is not James but is as close as we can
come. The translators appointed by King James I did an amazing job and without them, we would
not have this Bible in the English language. Those translators even wrote a letter to King James and
the p eople explaining that while they did the best they could, they knew that some mistakes were
made and that it is important for each of us to check them out…which is what God wants us to do
anyway. He wants us to study His word and not rely on mankind for our knowledge.
The easiest way to do this is to get a Strong’s Concordance. In the Concordance, you have a listing
of every word utilized in the Bible. Say for instance, you want to look up the word “grove”. It is
utilized 17 times in the entire Bible. In 16 of those instances, it means sacred trees or poles set up
near an alter for Baal worship. In one verse, however, it means an actual grove, or a tamarisk tree.
There are different letters in the concordance. H is for Hebrew, or Old Testament and G is for
Greek, or New Testament. The word “Grove” is either H815 or H842. You have to take it back to
the original word in order to understand the meaning. A grove of trees should be harmless, right?
Well, not if it is for idol worship.
Also, whenever you see a word in the Bible that is in italics, it signifies that that word has been
added by the translators. It isn’t in the original manuscripts. This was done to make the sentence
flow easier for the reader. Once we understand how to find those meanings within God’s Holy
Word, the Bible comes alive and opens up to us in a way like never before. I encourage you to
check out the meanings for yourself. Don’t rely on mankind for the answer. Trust God alone and
you will never go astray.