Come unto me, all ye that are weary and laden, and I will ease you.
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
This passage did not change directly from the Geneva Bible language to the King James Bible version. Instead, its evolution is a case of repeated fine tuning. The Geneva version is the most compact. The subsequent Bishops’ Bible offers this variation: “Come unto me all ye that labor sore, and are laden, and I will ease you,” adding the nice alliteration of “labor” and “laden.” The King James Bible picks up the Bishops’ version, but improves the rhythm of the two balanced phrases by shifting the modifier “sore” (replaced by “heavy”) from the first to the second phrase. “I will give you rest” then satisfyingly puts the “rest” at the end of the line.