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Worrell New Testament (1904)
by Adolphus S. Worrell (1831-1908)

Louisville, Kentucky: A.S. Worrell, 1904.
Reprinted by the American Baptist Publication Society (Philadelphia, 1907).

Worrell was brought up as a Landmark Baptist, but later in life converted to Pentecostalism. His translation reflects both traditions.
A. S. Worrell sought to update the accuracy and grammar of the King James Version in his translation of the New Testament and included his personal study notes in it as well.

Worrell introduced the work as follows:

This translation is the outgrowth of a solemn conviction that such a work was required of the writer by Him Whose he is, and Whom he seeks to serve. The translator, A. S. Worrell, spent two and one-half years devoted to the work. It was done with the view of pleasing the Supreme Critic, at Whose judgment bar he will have to account for the manner in which he has handled His word.

The work was begun and prosecuted under the distinct conviction that these New Testament Scriptures are the veritable word of God – His last revelation to this sin-cursed world. The translator believed that these Scriptures contain nothing but "live matter;" and that they are as true now and as applicable to man's needs as a tripartite being as they ever were.

Absolute perfection is not claimed for this work, but there is confidence that there are many improvements that the intelligent reader will not fail to recognize. Some such examples are as follows: capitalization of the initial letter of every pronoun referring to deity, restriction of the solemn form of the pronouns and verbs to Deity alone, use of quotation marks to enclose a direct quotation, use of pronouns differently from the usual translation, and the clipping of uns from the preposition unto.

This work claims greater fidelity to the original Greek – especially in the words baptidzo and ecclesia. If these two words had been translated instead of transferred, many divisions in Christendom could have been avoided. The Greek text of Westcott and Hort, as modified by Scrivener and others, was used in the preparation of this work. The italic words have no word answering to them in the Greek text, but are often understood or implied.

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