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Which Bible???

May 25, 2015
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Which Bible???

Which Bible Are You Using? American Standard Version (ASV), Amplified Bible, Common English Bible, Contemporary English Version, Darby Translation, Easy-To-Read Version, English Standard Version (ESV), Expanded Bible, God’s Word Translation, Good News Translation, Holman Christian Standard Bible, King James Version (KJV), The Message, New American Standard Version (NASV), New Century Version, New English Translation (NET), New International Version (NIV), New King James Version (NKJV), New Living Translation (NLT), New Revised Standard Version, Revised Standard Versiono

Most people pick up a “bible” and read it (at least proclaim to read it) based upon the claim that it’s easier to read COMPARED to other “bibles.” The real truth behind such a statement is simply that it is an excuse. Hardly anybody wants to do exactly what they’ve claimed to have done: COMPARE the bibles! We could spend our entire time comparing o­ne and two syllable words in the King James Version (KJV) with other versions to truly see which is easier to read, but we won’t. We’ll just let the few examples below be sufficient:

  1. Joshua 12:8: “south country” (KJV) – “Negev” (NIV, NASV)
  2. Daniel 5:12: “doubts” (KJV) – “enigmas” (NASV, NKJV)
  3. Colossians 2:23: “satisfying of the flesh” (KJV) – “restraining sensual indulgence” (NIV)
  4. Acts 21:34: “know” (KJV) – “ascertain” (NKJV)
  5. Ezra 6:11: “word” (KJV) – “edict” (NKJV)
  6. Jeremiah 3:22: “go” (KJV) – “gad” (NKJV)
  7. Isaiah 28:4: “fat” (KJV) – “verdant” (NKJV)

Instead, we’re going to actually compare what the bibles say. This is the real root of the problem. Below you will be provided with the KJV text along with o­ne of the modern version’s text. Along with the two cited texts, a list of the other modern versions that agree with the cited modern version will also be provided. Then, after our comparison is complete, hopefully you will see that God’s word does indeed exist, and it exists in the King James Version. Matthew 24:35: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”First, let’s take a look at the cover of many New King James Versions (if the symbol doesn’t appear o­n the cover, it more than likely exists o­n o­ne of the first few pages). Notice the symbol below, and then how the symbol is actually drawn.
This symbol is supposed to be the symbol for the trinity: The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. But, as you can see, the symbol is actually made up of three sixes – 666 (the number of the beast in Revelation 13:18). The real issue is that symbols in general are contrary to the word of God. “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device” (Acts 17:29).

OLD TESTAMENT COMPARISONS

Genesis 27:39 – Isaac is blessing his son Esau after Jacob stole the blessing intended for Esau.

  • KJV: And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above
  • NIV: His father Isaac answered him, your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above.

This is an interesting contradiction because Esau indeed has so much substance later in life that he refuses a gift from his brother Jacob upon Jacob’s return from Haran (see Genesis 33:8,9). Every bible mentioned at the beginning states the same as the NIV except the NJKV, ASV, Amplified Bible, and the Darby Translation.

2 Samuel 21:19 – Here’s an example from King David’s life. The story of David and Goliath is so well known that most young converts know some details of this story. All would answer that David killed Goliath, but many modern versions say otherwise.

  • KJV: And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, a Beth-lehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.
  • NIV: In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod.

Brother is missing in the NIV. Another interesting point is that Goliath was from Gath (1 Samuel 17), therefore not making him a Gittite as the NIV claims. Every bible mentioned at the beginning states the same as the NIV except the Easy-to-Read Version, NET, NKJV, and NLT.

One more example from the Old Testament referenced from the New Testament.

Mark 1:1-3

  • KJV: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before they face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of o­ne crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
  • NIV: The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way – a voice of o­ne calling in the wilderness, Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.

Here, as you can see, two specific things are mentioned in these verses (which have been underlined above). The issue is the KJV mentions it was written by a plurality of prophets whereas the NIV mentions o­nly Isaiah wrote and recorded the information. The NIV is wrong. You can’t find BOTH things mentioned above in Isaiah. You have to see Malachi 3:1 to reference the messenger, and Isaiah 40:3 to see where the voice of o­ne crying in the wilderness is mentioned. Every bible mentioned at the beginning states the same as the NIV except the NKJV.

NEW TESTAMENT COMPARISONS

Matthew 5:22a

  • KJV: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.
  • NIV: But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.

As you can see without a cause is left out in the NIV. The issue is o­n a number of levels. First, Jesus is our judge (2 Corinthians 5:10) and He is completely sinless (1 Peter 2:22). If the NIV were correct and someone is angry with someone else, then they will be judged for it. My question is how many times was Jesus angry with his brethren? He was upset with the disciples in Mark 16: 14: “Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.” He was also upset o­nce in the temple with people misusing that holy place. According to Matthew 21, Mark 11, and John 2 Jesus went into the temple to drive out the individuals that were corrupting the place and He even overthrew tables. I’d say that he was pretty angry. So the NIV claims here that Jesus is in danger of judgment. However, Jesus did have a cause, so like the KJV says, he’s not in danger of the judgment. Of all the bibles mentioned at the beginning, all say the same as the NIV except for the NKJV. The Message is actually saying nothing close to any of the others.

Colossians 1:14

  • KJV: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins
  • NIV: In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

This is a verse about Jesus and through his blood has been omitted, and what I don’t understand is why? That is the very way we have redemption because He shed his blood o­n the cross at Golgotha. He is the lamb of God (John 1: 29), and it has always taken the blood of a lamb for redemption. It was so for Adam and Eve in the garden when God himself provided the coats of skins: the animal had to die. It was so for Abel in Genesis 4 where a lamb had to die, and Cain showed proof there is no other way. It was so for Abraham and Isaac o­n the mountain in Genesis 22: 8. It was so for the Israelites in Egypt when God smote the land, killing all the first born of the Egyptians. It was so day after day and year after year in the wilderness, and in the promised land for Israel. It was prophesized that Jesus would die and not speak a word as a lamb led to the slaughter in Isaiah 53: 7. The very picture of redemption has always been by blood, and specifically the blood of the lamb: the blood of Jesus (John 1:29)! The o­nly bibles from above that come close are the NKJV, the Amplified bible, and NLV.

You’re probably beginning to notice a trend that all the bibles don’t even compare to the KJV’s text except for the NKJV. So far it has proven to be just as accurate. Therefore, this is where we need to focus our attention, but before we do that, I challenge you to find the following New Testament verses in many of the modern versions: Matthew, 17:21, Matthew 18:11, Matthew 23:14, Mark 7:16, Mark 9:44, 46, Mark 11:26, Mark 15:28, Luke 17:36, Luke 23:17, and Acts 8:37. These 11 verses are completely omitted in most of the modern versions. The verse number can be found in the text, but not the words.

KJV AND NKJV COMPARED

A verse to think about when comparing the KJV with the NKJV is Gen. 3:1: Now the serpent was more stubtil…” The differences you’ll notice below are subtil changes, but they prove to be big changes doctrinally. The point is simply that everything God has, Satan has a copy. A copy that seems to be so close to the truth, but is changed just enough to completely change the meaning of what’s being said. See how Satan slightly changes the words of God in Genesis 3 when talking to Eve in the garden, and even how he uses the same approach when tempting Jesus in the wilderness in Matthew 4 (You’ll have to run the references in the bible to see what scripture Satan was changing from the Old Testament).

Matthew 18:26

  • KJV: The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
  • NKJV: The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.

In order to be saved you have to believe o­n the LORD Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9)
Genesis 22:8

  • KJV: And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering…
  • NKJV: And Abraham said, My son, God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering…

God doesn’t need a lamb sacrificed FOR himself. He’s sinless, perfect, and He’s the lamb according to the KJV above and John 1:29.
Hebrews 4:8

  • KJV: For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
  • NKJV: For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.

Acts 7:45 has the same switch among the names.
The following four verses show how the o­nly way you’re saved is by grace through faith (belief) and NOT by works (Eph. 2:8, 9 and Titus 3:5). However, according to these verses the NKJV shows it takes works to be saved.

Romans 11:30

  • KJV: For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief.
  • NKJV: For as you were o­nce disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience. (In other words – you better be “doing right” to obtain mercy)

Revelation 19:8

  • KJV: And to her [the church] was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
  • NKJV: And to her [the church] it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (See how it says you’re part of the church based o­n acts, not faith in Christ)

1 Corinthians 1:18

  • KJV: For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
  • NKJV: For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (In other words – you need enough works to reach the saved mark)

2 Corinthians 2:15

  • KJV: For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
  • NKJV: For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. (Again, you need to keep working to be saved)

Oh, and by the way, the four verses above in the NKJV match exactly what is written in the Jehovah Witness Version. So, if you’re reading the NKJV you might as well be a Jehovah witness.
Next, I’ll give three more verses that support working for salvation according to the NKJV, but the searches and comparisons will be left up to you. The reason for this personal search is simply because Jesus showed through the account given in John that those who want light will seek for it. Then, Jesus will be there to give it. My o­nly question for you is: “Do you want light, or do you want to reject the evidence that has been provided?” The verses are Matthew 7:14, Galatians 5:22, and 1 John 5:13.

In closing I have to ask a few questions. If all the bibles said the same thing, then why does all the text above prove to be so confusing? The answer as according to 1 Corinthians 14:33 – God is not the author of confusion; therefore, all these bibles are not of God. Also, if all of these bibles were God’s word, then where are the corrupt and perverted versions we are warned about in 2 Corinthians 2:17, and Jeremiah 23:36? Hopefully now we know exactly where these versions are. ALL the modern versions are guilty of adding and subtracting from the word of God (Revelation 22:18, 19). There is o­nly o­ne true, inerrant, and infallible word of God and we have it in the King James Version.

*Special thanks to all those that have previously studied and searched the scriptures when it comes to comparing bible versions. Also, a very special thanks is extended to Freedom Tracts and AV Publications for taking the time and money to expose a lot of this information.

 

 

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