Does It Really Matter What Version Bible You Read?

 

 

The short answer is yes. I will not go into all versions here, but address the most popular of the modern translations. The New International Version (NIV) including the Teen Bible, UK, TNIV, and NIRV. Understand, this will apply to the New Living Translation (NLT), Revised Standard Version (RSV), English Standard Version (ESV), the Message, American Standard Version (ASV), New Century Version (NCV), Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), Contemporary English Version (CEV), & the New American Standard Bible (NASB).

As for the NIV, I really don’t have much use for it other than kindling wood. I wouldn’t want to use it as a paper weight for fear that someone might pick it up and read it. There are many reasons I do not like it. The NIV is published by Zondervan Publishing. They are owned by Harper Collins who also publishes a bible. It is called the Satanic Bible. That should put fear of the NIV into any Christian right at the start. The NIV leaves out over 40 verses. These are deletions of the actual verse. This doesn’t begin to address parts of verses that are missing, or even the misinterpreted verses. These are out of the plain reading of the bible. Some people will say, “Hey, it in the foot-notes!” And to those I say these things……

(1) When you are reading your Bible do you look at the footnotes after every verse? Do you say "I am reading verse 3 so let me look below and see if something in verse 3 is missing."? Even if you did do that (which you don't) the footnotes say that the "best manuscripts" don't have the verse--will you then agree with them that the verse doesn't belong? If not, then why are you reading an NIV?

(2) Not all the word deletions are found in the footnotes of the NIV so don't think for a second that they are letting you know all the changes they made.

(3)The NIV and almost all modern translations use the Alexandrian texts versus the Received texts. The Alexandrian texts were knowingly tampered with by Jesuit priests. To understand why God’s word is kept in the received texts, check out my article called “How the Bible Has Maintained God’s Word”. It is here….. http://www.mikeschristiancorner.com/bible.html

(4) As easy as it has been for them to get people used to those verses, word deletions, and changes to take place, it will be just as easy to slide in not even referencing them again. How? The newer NIV children’s and teens books handle a verse left out of their bible, like Acts 2:37 and do the following. The numbering goes 32, 33, 34, 35, 36/37, 38, 39, etc. Now, where 36 and 37 show a combination, verse 37 is still not written. Guess what, the footnote is gone too. It will be just as easy to do this with the adult Bible.

The following WHOLE verses have been removed in the NIV--whether in the text or footnotes...over 40 in all. What is interesting, and noted, is the verses left out, match the ones the Jehovah’s Witnesses leave out of their version! This is cause for great alarm!!

Matthew 12:47 -- removed in the footnotes

Matthew 17:21 Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting."

Matthew 18:11 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost."
 

Matthew 21:44 -- removed in the footnotes

Matthew 23:14 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation."

Mark 7:16 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"If any man have ears to hear, let him hear."

Mark 9:44 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched."

Mark 9:46 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched."

Mark 11:26 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses."

Mark 15:28 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors."

Mark 16:9-20 (all 12 verses) -- There is a line separating the last 12 verses of Mark from the main text. Right under the line it says: [The two most reliable early manuscripts do not have Mark 16:9-20] (NIV, 1978 ed.) The JW bible also places the last 12 verses of Mark as an appendix of sorts. Those manuscripts don’t have them because they are Alexandrian!

Luke 17:36 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left."

Luke 22:44 -- removed in the footnotes

Luke 22:43 -- removed in the footnotes

Luke 23:17 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)"

John 5:4 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had."

John 7:53-8:11 -- removed in the footnotes

Acts 8:37 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing: (It's deletion makes one think that people can be baptized and saved without believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. Sounds Catholic)

"And 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."

Acts 15:34 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still."

Acts 24:7 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,"

Acts 28:29 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:

"And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves."

Romans 16:24 -- Removed entirely & also deleted from the JW bible. Here is what NIV readers are missing:
"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."

I John 5:7 A key part of this verse is removed as well as from the JW bible too. In the NIV it says,

"For there are three that testify:"

Compare the NIV reading with the following Jehovah's Witness reading--

"For there are three witness bearers,"

Want to know what you are missing? What do the REAL manuscripts say?

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."

This is one of the GREATEST verses testifying of the Trinity. That is why the Jehovah's Witnesses leave it out. They do not believe in the Trinity and they do not believe that Jesus is God, they think He is Michael the Arch-angel. Why does the NIV leave it out? There is absolutely no support for it. Many will say to you that an early transcriber inserted it in their and that is a lie with no basis. There is more support for the Textus Receptus in its true form than all the others combined! Entire books as well as long papers have been written on the manuscript evidence that supports inclusion of this verse in the Bible. This deletion should offend you.

Want to see a Old Testament swap-a-roo?

Daniel 3:25 NIV

He said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods."

Daniel 3:25 KJV

He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

So does it really matter? Well, when you say “son of the gods” versus Son of God, it’s HUGE!!! The first instance has a little “g” and refers to any and all gods and idols. The second is of course, Jesus Christ’s title. It absolutely makes a difference, and a very big one. It was the pre-incarnate Christ who was in there with them, not some son of a man-made god.

Now for a final comparison. The verse above address only verses completely left out. Here is one, in which something vital is left out for no reason.

Revelation 1:11 NIV

which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."

Revelation 1:11 KJV

Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

Alpha and Omega, the first and the last is an identity of God Almighty. Jesus IS God in the flesh. It is Him speaking here. This is yet another proof text of who He is, yet the NIV leaves it out. There are many others, but I thought you should know. My suggestion? KJV (the King James Version). In reality, the KJV is not archaic, and there is a reason for the “thy, thine, thou, ye, you” stuff. The new translations change these to the word “you” only. We know that word can be singular or plural. It can mean one single person, and it can mean a group, such as if I came to a group of kids messing with a car and said “You need to get out of here and leave that alone.” You is a plural and refers to a number of people. Can you see how this would cause a huge issue especially in the Bible? In the KJV, Ye and You are plurals. When referring to a single, it is thy, thine, and thou. That is why the writers put it in there and is a very distinguishing factor. Changing all these to the word “you” makes many verses not have their same meaning, or lose it all together. Know this. Yes, your Bible version DOES matter. And if you pass out Bibles, or tell others to read certain versions, the weight of what you send them to falls on YOUR shoulders.

 

UPDATE added 8/18/09:

When I originally wrote this, I said for those that have trouble reading the KJV, that I would say a NKJV (New King James Version). I added that once you understand what is being said, then go back to the KJV. Although the NKJV has not removed or changed some of these same verses, and is supposed to be based of the Textus Receptus, omits or changes 2289 words from the KJV. Truthfully, some of those changes reflect words, that when I read them, I still understand the thought behind the verse, mainly because I read the KJV, but that may or may not be so with one dedicated solely to the NKJV. In fact, two of the people that were on the committee that translated the NKJV have denounced it and publicly professed they are sorry for damaging the Word of God found in the KJV. IF someone were to get a newer version over the KJV, yes, I would say the NKJV; however, being honest with yourself, would you become lazy and never pick up the KJV and read it? Most of you would not. I am not going to say that someone cannot be lead to the One True God and have salvation with Christ by using the NKJV, God is more powerful than that. What I am saying, is the the KJV is without a doubt, the unadulterated Word of God that we are supposed to have, and is not hard to understand. In fact, it comes out in many of its chapters with a lower age level of understanding needed than the newer versions because of its lessened use of bigger compound words! The choice is yours, but the facts are in.

In His Grace,

    Mike Harris

 

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