The sign ¶ (or pilcrow) appears at the beginning of many verses in our King James Bible.

For example in Genesis Chapter 1 we see:

6 ¶ And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

I rarely think about the ¶. I usually ignore the ¶.

Over the years, once or twice, I’ve looked up what ¶ is and then promptly forgotten why ¶ is there.

Before and while writing this post I’ve done a few online searches but I’m not coming up with much. I understand it’s used in electronic documents to mark formatting – to show where paragraph breaks or returns occur – but that doesn’t seem to really explain why it appears in our scriptures. Someone went to an awful lot of trouble to enter those marks on our pages – so, I thought I’d open up the inquiry to the ‘Nacle. The basic questions I have are

  • Why is the pilcrow there (in our scriptures) and what does it signify?
  • What would we lose if it were taken out? /or/ (in other words) is it important?