Select Page

“[T]here is continual use of the ‘thee,’ ‘thou’ and ‘ye,’ as well as the archaic verb endings ‘est’ (second person singular) and ‘eth’ (third person singular). Since the Elizabethan style was not Joseph’s natural idiom, he continually slipped out of this King James pattern and repeatedly confused the norms as well. Thus he lapsed from ‘ye’ (subject) to ‘you’ (object) as the subject of sentences, jumped from plural (‘ye’) to singular (‘thou’) in the same sentence  and moved from verbs without endings to ones with endings.”

~Wesley P. Walters, The Use of the Old Testament in the Book of Mormon, page 30 (1990)~