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Thee vs Ye

  • rdbarboza
    2 posts

    In the King James version, there is a distinction of singular and plural by using thee and thou versus you and ye. How can I make a distinction in this version?

  • CycloManiac
    56 posts

    The answer to that would be the context of what you are reading. We, in the modern world, when we read modern publications understand the first, second, and third person tenses by the context of what is being said. This is no different with scripture. Realizing that the King James translators used the older English (thee, thou, thine, thy) to distinguish between the tenses, (for they were not speaking King James English on the streets of England in 1611), we in the modern world do not use those words and terms anymore.

    In a nutshell, context will determine the use of "you" as a singular and "you" to a group of people.

  • rdbarboza
    2 posts

    So, in some places ye is used, but others, not. It would seem to make more sense to be consistent.

    http://www.cepher.net/blog.aspx?post=4862&title=Entering-into-rest-in-the-Cepher-Ivriym-(Book-of-Hebrews)
    Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. [Tehilliym 95:7]

    Thanks

  • CycloManiac
    56 posts

    "Ye" speaks of all people as in the phrase "Ye must be born from the beginning". "You" speaks of a specific person in the second person tense.