Bible Versions

BIBLE VERSIONS?

  • ) God promises to preserve His Word. This is called the Principle of Preservation. (Psalm 12:6-7 – The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.)
  • ) The Bible is the verbal (every word, I Cor. 2:13 – Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.), plenary (entirely, II Tim. 3:16 –All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:), inspired Word of God.
  • ) There are over 5 thousand existing manuscripts of the New Testament. They are divided into 3 main groups: 1) Western texts– related to Rome, 2) Alexandrian texts, and 3) Syrian Texts – related to Antioch. The Syrian texts is where the vast majority of the texts come from, and this is where we get our King James Version of the Bible. There are over 64 thousand less words in the other versions of the Bible compared to the KJV.

Example comparisons of KJV and other translations:

Luke 4:4 – And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. – KJV

Luke 4:4 – Jesus answered him, “It is written, Man does not live by bread alone. – NET – The rest of the verse is omitted. The “word of God” was left out of the Word of God! – also left out of the NIV as well.

Mark 11:26But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. – KJV

Mark 11:26 – Omitted from the NIV. The NIV jumps from verse 25 to verse 27. A great principle of forgiveness is left out.

Acts 3:13a – The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; – KJV

Acts 3:13a – The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. – NIV – changed Jesus from the Son of God to just a servant of God.

Acts 8:37And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. – KJV

Acts 8:37 – Omitted from the NIV. NIV jumps from verse 36 to verse 38. – By removing this verse from the NIV one may think all he needs to do is to get baptized to be saved, instead of believing with our heart in the Lord Jesus for salvation.

Where’s the blood?

Colossians 1:13-14 – Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: – KJV

Colossians 1:13-14 – For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – NIV – WHERES THE BLOOD?! – The most important thing in all the Bible is the blood of Christ and it was taken out of this verse!

The NIV in Isaiah 14:12 seems to call Jesus the Devil.

Isaiah 14:12 – How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! – KJV

Isaiah 14:12 – How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to earth, you who once laid low the nations! – NIV

Jesus call himself the morning star in Revelation 22:16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

The “morning star” is Jesus Christ. He is the sinless Savior. Jesus did not fall from Heaven.

No comfort for the broken hearted?

Luke 4:18 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, – KJV

Luke 4:18 – “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, – NIV – “heal the brokenhearted” completely removed from the NIV.

This omission by the NIV is impossible to substantiate. There is no reason this should have been removed from the Word of God, because the passage in question is when Jesus was in the synagogue reading from Isaiah 61:1,2 which contains the phrase in question.

The same phrase as found in the KJV Isaiah 61:1 – “He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted” & as found in NIV Isaiah 61:1 – “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted

What has befallen some of the other version translators: A peculiar phenomenon has occurred to some of these men.

  • Psalms 12:3 – The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

Time Magazine had this to say about Kenneth Taylor (The Living Bible) this is from the July 1972 issue “Mysteriously half way through the paraphrase Taylor lost his voice and still speaks in a hoarse whisper. A psychiatrist who examined him suggested that the voice failure was Taylor’s psychological self-punishment for tampering with what he believed to be the Word of God.”

  • Psalm 31:18 – Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Phillip Schaff who was a collaborator on the ‘New’ Greek committee which formed the basis of the New American Standard Version also suffered from severe voice problems. His son had this to say about him “his voice so affected that he could not speak in public so as to be heard.” Finally by 1892 the power to articulate speech was gone.

  • Proverbs 10:31b – the froward tongue shall be cut out.

Westcott’s (of the Westcott and Hort Greek text from which all new versions are translated from) biographer cited that by 1858 “he was quite inaudible” and by 1870 “His voice reached few and was understood by still fewer”.

  • ) In 1611 the King James Bible was written. It took 54 scholars 6 years to translate the Bible into English. That is how careful and serious they took their job.
  • ) The Bible warns us not to take away anything out of the Bible. (Rev.22:18-19 – And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.) I think this clearly shows how serious God takes his Word and the tampering with it.
  • ) The Bible says we are not to add to or take away from the Word of God. Remember how there are over 64,000 less words in the other translations? (Deut. 4:2 – Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.)

God’s word is relevant and needed in today’s world more than ever. His word is an enduring word (I Peter 1:25a – But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.). His word is a living word. His word is a guiding and molding word. His word is an all powerful word (Hebrew 4:12 – For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.). The world needs God’s word. The Christian young person needs God’s word. The world we live in is increasingly rejecting and even mocking God and His word. We live in a world that thinks God is old fashioned and out of style. But God’s word has the answers to all of life’s problems and difficulties. Everything we need to get through life is found in the Word of God. His Word is life. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6.

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