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#38 - Understanding KJV text with Strong's numbering

by Robert Nguyen Cramer

This BibleTexts website administrator has very much enjoyed questions and insights that have been emailed to him ever since this site was launched in September of 1996. On this page I share with BibleTexts browsers a few of the questions, insights, and responses, so that we all can further learn from and with each other.


Question/insight #38: "Normally, I don't make much use of the Strong's number in the KJV citations, but I couldn't help noticing them in the commentary reference you pointed us to for John 1:18 in this week's Lesson. When I looked at the same verse in the Lesson itself, they were the same. What caught my eye is that both "no" and "man" at the beginning of the verse have the same number (3762), and each of the 3 successive words "at any time" has the same number (4455). Can this really be correct?"

Response #38:

Almost all of the time when the Strong's numbers repeat themselves in successive words in the BibleTexts study aids, that indicates that several English words were used to translate the same Greek or Hebrew word.

What you read in the KJV with Strong's numbers was the following:

The original Greek of that verse is as follows:

A word by word translation would be as follows:

The KJV with Strong's numbers would have been clearer as follows:

With this clarification, you should be able to go back and read the web article that addresses this verse, "Joh 1:18," at:


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