Spirit - s or S?

Consider the verse below.

And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
- 1 John 5:8 (KJV)

Some versions of the King James Bible say that the word "spirit" starts with an uppercase S, others say it starts with a lowercase s.

The Pure Cambridge Edition uses the word "spirit" (lowercase) which I find interesting.

I recently had the opportunity to look into a 200+ year family King James Bible, and that was lowercase also.

Obiously the word "spirit" either refers to the Holy Spirit, or to man's spirit. I think it's the latter.

Consider the verse directly above 1 John 5:8.

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
- 1 John 5:7-8 (KJV)

My opinion is that if John wanted to say that "spirit" refers to the Holy Spirit, he would have just used "Holy Ghost" again.

It also makes more sense to refer to God as "the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost", and then to man as "the spirit, the water, and the blood".

So I think it those two verses should read:

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
- 1 John 5:7-8 (KJV)

The most likely reason for this "error" is a typesetting mistake.



For further study, please click here.