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The Lord's Prayer is in 4 Bible versions. All the other passages are taken from the King James Version but without the archaic verb endings.
You can read and download as PDF the whole King James Bible in old 1890's Pitman's Shorthand at www.archive.org/details/holybiblecontain00pitm There are more Biblical short forms and contractions in the older shorthand, and some of the rules and stroke usages are different, but not difficult to read if you are already conversant with New Era.
Longhand version http://www.archive.org/details/Bible.KingJamesVersion This is better downloaded as PDF than read online, as you then get the bookmarks and scroll bar to aid navigation.
King James Version
New King James Version
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me, Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (118 words) (Psalm 23 KJV)
"Verily, verily, I say to you, He that
enters not by the door into the sheepfold*, but climbs up some other
way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that enters in by the
door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter opens and the
sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads
them out. And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them
and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. And a stranger
will they not follow, but will flee from him, for they know not the
voice of strangers."
* The dictionary outline for "sheepfold" is one outline, but this causes it to span several lines, so a disjoined outline is shown here
The inscription reads, "My sheep hear my voice they follow me and I give unto them eternal life." (John 10:27-8). Close-up of the sheep showing the meticulous drawing of the tiniest details, down to the finest hairs. High res version 3.3 MB
He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you trust: his truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day; nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand* at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, your habitation; there shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shall you trample under feet.
Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he has known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation. (288 words) (Psalm 91 KJV)
* "Ten thousand" If using shorthand outlines for numbers, always insert the vowels in "ten" and "eighteen"
And God spoke all these words, saying, I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make unto you any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labour, and do all your work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Honour your father and your mother: that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God gives thee.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
You shall not covet your neighbour's house, you shall not covet your neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is your neighbour's. (324 words) (Exodus 20 v. 1-17 KJV)
These commandments can also be found in Deuteronomy 5 verses 6-21
Seek the Lord while he may be found, call
upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the
unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and he
will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly
pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways
my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the
earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came to him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
“Blessed are the poor* in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness'* sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." (172 words) (Matthew 5 v. 1-11)
* "Poor" Note that "pure" has Ray, to make a distinguishing outline
* "righteousness" Insert the vowel signs, to distinguish it from "riotousness"
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor*, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (88 words) (Isaiah 9 v 6-7 KJV)
* Some versions say “Wonderful Counsellor” without the comma
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was
sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin
betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the
house of David. The
virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her,
“Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you
And the angel departed from her. (280 words) (Luke 1 v 26-38 KJV)
And it came to pass in those days that a
decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be
registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was
governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own
city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth,
into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because
he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with
Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while
they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in
swaddling* cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no
room for them in the inn.
And suddenly there was with the angel a
multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “ Glory to
God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marvelled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. (407 words) (Luke 2 v 1-20 KJV)
* Modern versions say “swaddling clothes” rather than “cloths”
* "Bethlehem" When dot H is placed against a vowel, it is spoken before that vowel; hence the dots are placed before the Em and not after the Ell stroke
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"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things." (Philippians 4:8)
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