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    That's an intriguing example.  I don't know if the 1611 spelled it 'rede', I'd have to look it up.  The KJV went through a number of editorial changes; mostly they were changes of spelling, punctuation, and the correcting of typos.  I may have my dates off a little, but I believe the spelling wasn't stabilized until the late 1700's; it was at that time that English really began to have 'proper' spelling, the kind you could be graded on at school.

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