It's interesting to see the wording of early Americans from their Bibles . In my examples the renderings are not KJV . John Cotton preached : " God's Promise To His Plantation " in 1630 . Here are some samplings . Pro. 31:14 - Daily bread may be sought from a far . 1 Thess. 4:6 - God is an avenger of such things . Acts 16:9 - Come to us into Macedonia Acts 17:27 - that we might seek , and grope after the Lord Amos 9:15 - God's plantation is a flourishing plantation Mal. 4:2 - grow up in him as calves in the stall Jer. 2:21 - how then have you degenerated into a strange vine before me ? 2 Sam. 7:7 - Why build you not me a house Cotton Mather , in a message from 1703 called " The Loss Of A Desirable Relative " cites Lam. 2:4 : He slew all the desirable of the eye . John Winthrop preached " A Model Of Christian Charity " in 1630 . Herwe are some examples . Ecc. 11:2 - for you know not what evil may come upon the land 1 John 3:17 - He who has the world's goods and sees his brother in need , and shuts up his compassion from him , how dwells the love of God in him ? Matt. 7:12 - do the same to them also Is. 58:7 - to bring the poor that wander into your house Is. 58:8 - your health shall grow speedily ... the glory of the Lord shall embrace you Is. 58:19 - If you pour out your soul to the hungry , then shall your light spring out in darkness Judges 5:23 - Curse Meroshe because they came not to help the Lord Matt. 25:41 - Go, you cursed ... Matt. 25:42 - I was hungry , and you fed me not Eph. 4:16 - Christ by whom all the body being knit together by every joint for the furniture thereof 2 Cor. 7:13 - therefore , we are comforted because you wwere comforted 1 John 4:7 - Love comes of God Now , those of you who have a fascination for such things can determine if its the Geneva being cited or indeed the KJV before major revisions took place -- or some other possibility . Have at it . Speculations welcome .