Dan, the Bible was written by to and for Jews, with an historical background add to this the fact that the first English translation was that KJV (King James Version), so it had passed through the Greek/Roman (Latin)-German language "filters" to get finally translated into English.
So, the language of scholars and religious of old.
Recently they re-edited in some parts to fit modern use of the language, without
To illustrate that take this verse:
King James Version (KJV)
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?se ... ersion=ESV
English Standard Version (ESV)
I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for bread.
Thus you jump to the conclusion (by analogy) that "his seed" means ''his offspring/his children (sons and daughters)/his descendants/his heir(s) etc"
Hmm, Juliana already had beaten me to it.
You guys are becoming faster and faster!