The 5 Best King James Bible Dictionaries (KJV Definitions) for 2024


Lord’s Library editors profile the best King James Bible Dictionaries for effective comparison in an attempt to save you time.

The King James Version has stood the test of time and proven itself by becoming the best-selling English Bible translation of all time. This is because it boasts incredible accuracy to the manuscripts from which it was translated and a rich, vibrant language. The complete King James Bible was originally published in 1611 after being commissioned by King James VI. The historical significance of this Bible translation is astounding, so much so that it has been credited with shaping much of the culture of the English-speaking world.

Today, the King James Version still proves to be an effective and reliable translation, with its only caveat being that the language it’s written in is not friendly to the average reader. It’s with this in mind that Lord’s Library editors decided to compile this list of the best King James Bible dictionaries to consider. Paired with a King James Bible, these dictionaries remove the barrier to understanding the ancient language of this popular Scripture translation.

Note: We only included the best King James Bible Dictionaries with a 4-star or better ranking and a minimum of 70 reviews.

The Best King James Bible Dictionaries

American Dictionary of the English Language (1828 Facsimile Edition)

Author/Publisher: Noah Webster

Material: Hardcover

From the publisher: “This 1828 facsimile reprint of the first American Dictionary documents the quality of Biblical education which raised up American statesmen capable of forming our Constitutional Republic. Webster traced roots in twenty-six languages, and gives examples from classical literature and the Bible. Comprehensive introductions are presented for language and grammar. It has been described by one Christian scholar as “the greatest reprint of the twentieth century.”

KJV Super Giant Print Dictionary & Concordance

Author/Publisher: George W. Knight

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • 17.5-point APHont font
  • More than 5,000 dictionary entries
  • 40,000 Scripture references

From the publisher: “The KJV Super Giant Print Bible Dictionary and Concordance is unique as a Bible reference tool. The 17.5-point “APHont” type, created by the American Publishing House for the Blind, is designed specifically for persons who are visually impaired. This edition features more than five thousand dictionary entries and forty thousand Scripture references based on one of the world’s most beloved and popular Bible translations.”

The KJV Dictionary

Author/Publisher: Michael Curtis Lewthwaite

Material: Paperback

Key Features:

  • Over 2,000 uncommon, doctrinal, and thematic KJV terms

From the publisher: “Now for the first time, Noah Webster’s 1828 definitions of all uncommon, doctrinal, and thematic terms in the King James Version Bible have been fully compiled into one easy to use soft cover book. This title features over 2000 uncommon, doctrinal, and thematic terms of the KJV Bible clearly defined.”

A King James Dictionary: A Resource for Understanding the Language of the King James Bible

Author/Publisher: Philip Kapusta

Material: Paperback

From the publisher: “A collection of archaic, obscure and hard to understand words and phrases, with over a thousand definitions and examples, as found in a modern printing of the authorized version.”

4,114 Definitions from the Defined King James Bible

Author/Publisher: D. A. Jr. Waite

Material: Paperback

From the publisher: “4,114 definitions from the defined King James Bible.”

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