Editing the Inspired Word, Part 2

Though many may dismiss the degree of doctrinal discrepancies between the King James and newer, easier-to-read translations, I believe that some critical details have been lost between the two which may impact one’s understanding of what the Scriptures actually mean to convey…

To this end, compare a few of the following passages as taken from the King James Version and the New International Version,¹  itself reflective of many modern translations:

Verse King James Version (KJV) New International Version (NIV)
Matthew 5:48 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. Omitted
Mark 10:24 …Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! …Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. Omitted
Mark 15:28 And the Scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. Omitted
Luke 9:56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village. Then he and his disciples went to another village.
John 6:47 …He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. …the one who believes has eternal life.
Acts 8:37 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. Omitted
1 Corinthians 5:7 …For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: …For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God… but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God…
1 John 5: 7 & 8 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
Revelation 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it… The nations will walk by its light…

As one can see from just this small sampling, much has been changed, and the wording of what remains is oftentimes less clear or misleading.

References:

  1. New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible ®, NIV ®, Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ®

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2 thoughts on “Editing the Inspired Word, Part 2

  1. Your verse comparisons bear your point out very clearly. I have a KJV in my car, on my phone, on my Kindle, on my desk in front of my computer monitor, and on my bed headboard. Its that authority in my life, though lately I have been enamored with the Holman Apologetics HCSB, though I understand the HCSB is outdated now in favor of the CSB. The King James Version not only has a history of saving millions of people’s souls, but it is unsurpassed in authority and literary beauty. I am eight weeks away from completing my Theology program online, and I use the KJV for all my studies. However, I am not one of the zealots, who condemn the other translations, but merely, as you seem to be, an advocate for the KJV. Keep up the good work with the blog!

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