The Dictionary Inside the King James Bible

2000 Words Defined, Line Upon Line

G.A. Riplinger


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  • 2,000 Words Defined
  • Line Upon Line
  • Alphabetized A-Z
  • 272 pages
  • Softcover
  • Special Binding
  • How to Use the Dictionary Section

THE LONG anticipated twenty-year wait is over for Riplinger's compilation of the King James Bible's built-in dictionary. The over 2,000 definitions in this new Dictionary arise from the immediate context and are "line upon line" Isa 28:10. The Holy Bible provides its own dictioNEARy, giving ‘near words with near meanings.’

“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law” Ps 119:18.

SEE just a few examples which demonstrate that the Bible defines its own words in the context, using parallelisms with identical words.

And immediately...and anon Mark 1:28-30

For it became behoved him Heb 2:10-17

And your covenant...and your agreement Isa 28:18

enmity with God...enemy of God James 4:4

the epistle...the letter Acts 23:33, 34

from the beginning...from the very first Luke 1:2, 3

It is is furbished Ezek 21:10

she arose quickly and...she rose up hastily and John 11:29, 31

he that helpeth...he that is holpen Isa 31:3

just before God...justified Rom 2:13

Lo here...See here Luke 17:21, 23

laughed not...Nay...laugh Gen 18:15

ouches of...settings of Ex. 28:11, 13, 17

I have satiated...I have replenished Jer 31:25

satiate...filled Jer 46:10, 12

Because thou hast...sith thou hast Ezek. 35:5, 6

bread with it... bread therewith Jer 16:3

This was done thrice...this was done three times Acts 10:16, 11:10

verily I say...truth I say Luke 12: 37, 44

prayed unto him; and he was intreated of him 2 Chron 33:13

THE TWO WORDS define each other, thereby multiplying the number of definitions in this Dictionary by the thousands. The rich vocabulary of synonyms expand one’s vocabulary and thereby enhance the reader’s ability to ‘think,’ since words are the tools used for thinking.

The Holy Bible uses similitudes (Hos 12:10). God repeats a thought, using similar words. For example, 2 Cor 4:10, 11 says, “the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body…the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. Repeated words or parts of speech confirm a parallelism, as seen in this example. God uses the word ‘shadow’ to describe how he sometimes teaches (Heb 8:5). A word has its accompanying shadow to reveals its form.

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual” 1 Cor 2:13. The Holy Ghost teaches by comparing spiritual words with other spiritual words. "Man's wisdom" mars many Bible margins, interlinears and lexicons with  secular and often dangerous definitions. God included his own built-in dictionary in his word, so that he, not man, would determine just what he means.

THE BIBLE  itself answers questions many have had about controversial words such as "Easter" (Acts 12:4) and "replenish" (Gen 1:28).  Prompted by questions from callers over the years, the Dictionary includes some mini-essays summarizing how a word was used throughout the Bible. Exhaustive entries include words such as ‘Easter,’ ‘broided,’ ‘plaiting,’ ‘dragon,’ ‘baptism,’ ‘wine,’ and ‘enchantment.’ You will discover things such as 'intreat' does not mean the same thing as 'entreat.'

Riplinger's The Dictionary Inside the King James Bible differs from the one we formerly published, The King James Bible's Built-in Dictionary by Barry Goddard. The new Dictionary is totally original and was created without access to Goddard's. The new one is different , as it is:

  • Alphabetized A to Z
  • Contains over 1000 more words
  • Does not repeat words. Goddard's repeated a word every time it occurred in the Bible, making it bulky.
  • Contains definitions which are CONTEXTUAL, usually right there on the same Bible page as the word in question.
  • Uses only the English King James, unlike Goddard's, which accessed Wigram's Greek and Hebrew lexicons, which shows how words were translated in different places.

In Awe of Thy Word documented that saints throughout history have used the Bible's built-in dictionary.

  • In the 1500s William Tyndale wrote, "And in many places, where the text  seemeth at the first chop hard to be understood, yet circustances before and after, and often reading together, make it plain enough."
  •  John Frith, a close friend of Tyndale, was burned at the stake for agreeing. He said the Bible was understood "comparing phrase with phrase, according to the analogy of the Scripture...The very words which follow, sufficiently declare...the true meaning."
  • Another martyr in 1555 said, "Scriptures are full of the like figurative speeches." How the Bible is defined was so hotly contested in the 1500s that the last words of Rawlins White, when he was tied to the stake were, "Ah thou naughty hypocrite! dost thou presume to prove thy false doctrine by Scripture? Look in the text that followeth..."
  • Coverdale agreed saying, "Let one text expound another unto thee...For that one interpreteth something obscurely in one place, the same translateth another more manifestly by a more plain vocable of the same meaning in another place." (Taken from In Awe of Thy Word pp. 896-899.)

READERS of Riplinger's In Awe of Thy Word and The Language of the King James Bible learned how to find the Bible’s own built-in dictionary. Now the over 2,000 word The Dictionary Inside the King James Bible proves the veracity of that claim and of the methods described in those books.

Rejoice as you read over 2,000 of God's pearls of provision, sometimes passed over unnoticed, like a treasure hid in a yield. “And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them” Neh 8:12.

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