THE IMPORTANCE OF “eth”

Some time back, a friend and I would make fun of the King James Version of the Bible. Let’s face it, verses like “He is lunatic and sore vexed” (Matthew17:15) do sound rather strange to us today. But we particularly laughed at the letters ‘eth’ at the end of a verb. We would say things like “yes-eth” and “no-eth” and, “do you wanteth to get-eth a cup of coffee-eth?”

Several years ago a pastor told me that the addition of ‘eth’ to a verb , indicated a continuous on- going action. ie. John 3:16-  ‘believeth’, a continuous, on-going belief (actually faith), and 1 John 1 : 7, “as we walketh in the light”- When you look at the King James Version this adds a great deal of clarity.

No longer do I make fun of the use of ‘eth’. In fact, I have come to appreciate the importance of continuing in the faith. James 1: 7,8 says,

 A double-minded man will receive nothing from the Lord since he is unstable in all his ways.

Many times the devil can see a break through coming and will try to increase the pressure to get you to give up just before your answer comes. So continue to persevere – keep on ‘eth-ing’. Your answer is coming.

Dr. Elvin Thompson

2 Comments

  1. What an informative and insightful write up. Thank you Elder Dr. Thompson for elevating our appreciation just as yours did by expanding our old english breath of knowledge and usage, but even more so encouraging us the “keepeth” the faith in what we do know until God reveals what we seeketh. Lamentations 3:25 KJV says, The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh Him.

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