How to pronounce the word SAITH [sɛθ]
The spelling confuses some lectors. They mistakenly read it as SAY-ITH.
Consider, for example, our modern word said. Would you pronounce it SAY-ID? Probably not.
A third person singular present tense of say. saith [sɛθ].
Right: SETH [sɛθ]
A possible explanation is that we pronounce the AI letter combination like we pronounce a short E [ɛ] thanks to the Norman invasion and victory at the Battle of Hastings in A.D. 1066. Normans spoke French; they pronounced the AI letter combination as if it were EH, or what we call a short E [ɛ]. The Norman pronunciation of the AI letter combination was assimilated into the English language.
Saith is the same as SAYS in modern American English. But rather than an S sound at the end, King James English has a TH sound [θ] at the end. SAITH should be pronounced like the name Seth. [sɛθ]
Written: Thus saith the Lord
Said: Thus SETH the Lord
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