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Showing the Plurals

Have you ever wondered if the word “you” or “your” referred to more than just one person in the Bible? In earlier forms of English, Bibles such as the King James Version used words other than just “you”. Words such as ye, thee, thou, and you were different and could indicate singular or plural. In modern English there is not an easy way to say this except for something like “you all”.

In the UPDV Bible, plus signs ( + ) are used in superscripts next to words such as “you” and “your” when they refer to a group of two or more. This
is done to improve accuracy.

In some cases, the word ‘you’ or ‘your’ is not present in some
verses for smoother English style. This was mostly done in
imperative (command) sentences. If the word ‘you’ was plural
and the context is not clear, the plus sign will move to the verb.
For example, a command such as, “Do you+ not seek these
things” becomes “Do+ not seek these things.” In such cases,
other plural verbs in the same verse may be marked plural as
needed to avoid ambiguity. In situations other than these, verbs
are not generally marked as to whether they refer to a singular
or plural subject.