Fake Bible Versions DO teach and pervert several biblical doctrines, and the infallibility of the Bible (any bible in any language) is a huge doctrine that most Christians do not believe anymore.
“For ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God.” Jeremiah 23:36
I have often heard from those who do not believe that ANY Bible in any language IS the complete and 100% true words of God that No Doctrines have been changed in the various, contradictory bible versions on the market today, so what’s the big deal? The purpose of the articles linked here is to point out some critical areas of Christian doctrine that most definitely have been changed and even perverted.
The majority of examples of where the phony or inferior bible versions corrupt or distort sound doctrines are not the result of TEXTUAL differences. Most of them are the result of TRANSLATIONAL errors.
The links provided will lead you (if interested) to a much more developed article that goes into more depth showing how each particular doctrine has been affected.
# 1. Can God be deceived? The NASB says that the children of Israel deceived God. Not just "tried to deceive" or "thought they had deceived" but deceived Him.
# 2. Did the Son of God have an "origin from ancient times" or "his goings forth are from everlasting"? Did He have a beginning or is He eternal? Micah 5:2 "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; WHOSE GOINGS FORTH have been of old, FROM EVERLASTING."
“from everlasting” - Coverdale, Bishops’ bible, Geneva, RV, ASV, NKJV, NASB
Micah 5:2 - “The NIV - "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose ORIGINS are from of old, FROM ANCIENT TIMES."
“Origin from ancient times” - NIV, RSV, ESV, NET, Holman, Jehovah Witness version, more recent Catholic versions
# 3. Who controls the world, God or Satan?
Several modern fake bibles teach it is Satan -
1 John 5:19 “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world LIETH IN WICKEDNESS.” Wycliffe, Coverdale, Bishops’ Bible, Geneva Bible, Youngs, Third Millenium Bible
The NIV says: "The whole world is UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE EVIL ONE." NASB, ESV, ISV, Holman, Catholic St. Joseph, NET
# 4. Is your righteousness before God the fine linen of the righteousness of Christ, or your "righteous deeds" as several fake bibles and the modern Catholic versions teach?
“The fine linen is the righteousness of saints” - Tyndale, Coverdale, Bishops’ Bible, Geneva Bible, Third Millenium Bible
Revelation 19:8 NKJV, NIV, NASB, ESV, NET, Catholic versions - “for the fine linen is THE RIGHTEOUS ACTS of the saints.”
# 5. Can man "speed up" the coming of the day of God's judgment, or is it already marked by God on the calendar to the day and month?
2 Peter 3:12 KJB - "Looking for and HASTING UNTO the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.”
ESV - "Waiting for and HASTENING the coming of the day of God"
NIV - “as you look forward to the day of God and SPEED ITS COMING.”
# 6. Do ghosts, or the departed spirits of the human dead exist? Modern Versions say they do.
# 7. Lucifer or morning star?
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! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God..."
LUCIFER - Wycliffe 1395, Coverdale's 1535, the Great Bible 1540, Matthew's Bible 1549, Bishop's Bible 1568, Douay-Rheims 1582, Geneva Bible 1599, Darby, NKJV 1982
Revelation 22:16 - “I Jesus...am the bright and MORNING STAR.”
Isaiah 14:12 - "How you have fallen from heaven, O MORNING STAR.”
MORNING STAR - NIV, NASB, Holman Standard, RSV, ESV, NET, Catholic St. Joseph NAB, New Jerusalem bible.
ESV - "How you are fallen from heaven, O DAY STAR, son of Dawn!"
NIV - "How you have fallen from heaven, MORNING STAR, son of the dawn!"
# 8. Fornication or Immorality?
1 Corinthians 6:18 - "Flee FORNICATION. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth FORNICATION sinneth against his own body."
FORNICATION = ”Sexual intercourse between unmarried people” Wycliffe, Tyndale, Bishops Bible, Douay-Rheims, Geneva Bible, RV, ASV
1 Corinthians 6:18 "Flee from SEXUAL IMMORALITY. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the SEXUALLY IMMORAL PERSON sins against his own body."
IMMORALITY = However you want to define it. What’s immoral for you may not be immoral for me. NIV, NASB, ESV, RSV, NET, Catholic New Jerusalem bible
# 9. Rejoice or Be Proud? Are Pride and Boasting Christian virtues?
Philippians 2:16 “Holding forth the word of life; that I MAY REJOICE in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
REJOICE - Tyndale 1525, Coverdale 1535, the Bishops' Bible 1568, the Geneva Bible 1587, Young's literal, Webster's 1833, NKJV 1982
Philippians 2:16 NIV - "in order that I MAY BOAST in the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing."
ESV "THAT I MAY BE PROUD that I did not run in vain"
BE PROUD, BOAST, GLORY - NASB, NIV, RSV, ESV, NET, Holman
On the day of Christ, when we finally see the full glory of God Almighty, we will not be standing around boasting of our accomplishments and patting one another on the back and telling them how proud we are of them. Nobody will be boasting or proud of his personal accomplishments in the day of the Lord Jesus. Instead we will all be flat on our faces worshipping the Lamb who alone is worthy to receive praise, honour and glory
# 10. Heretic or A Divisive Person?
According to the Modern Versions even Jesus Himself should be avoided because He was divisive; but He was not a heretic.
Titus 3:10 KJB - “"A man that is an HERETIC after the first and second admonition reject; knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself."
Heretic - Wycliffe, Tyndale, Coverdale, Geneva Bible, Revised Version, Third Millennium Bible.
Titus 3:10 NKJV 1982 - "Reject A DIVISIVE MAN after the first and second admonition.”
A Divisive Person - MEV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, ESV, NET
# 11. Who was with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace, “the Son of God” or “a son of the gods”?
Daniel 3:25 - "and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."
“The Son of God” Wycliffe, Bishops’ bible, Geneva Bible, Douay-Rheims, Lamsa’s Syriac Peshitta, NKJV, Third Millenium Bible
Daniel 3:25 - “and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”
“a son of the gods” - NIV, NASB, RSV, ESV, Holman, Catholic Jerusalem bible, Jehovah Witness New World Version
# 12. 2 Samuel 14:14 KJB- "Neither doth God respect any person" or
NKJV, MEV, NIV, NASB, ESV - "God does not take away life"?
2 Samuel 14:14
KJB - "NEITHER DOTH GOD RESPECT ANY PERSON"
ESV, MEV, NASB, NIV, NKJV, NET - "BUT GOD WILL NOT TAKE AWAY LIFE"
2 Samuel 14:14 - Does God take away life or not? A Theological error in the NKJV, NIV, NASB, ESV, NET, Holman Standard versions.
# 13. "the just shall live by his FAITH" or "the just shall live by his FAITHFULNESS"?
KJB - "Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live BY HIS FAITH."
NIV 1978 and 1982 editions - "See, HE is puffed up; his desires are not upright - but the righteous will live BY HIS FAITH."
NIV 2011 edition - "See, THE ENEMY is puffed up; his desires are not upright - but the righteous PERSON will live by HIS FAITHFULNESS."
There is a world of difference between the just living by faith and the just living by his faithfulness. The first is the principle of living by the faith God has given us to believe the gospel of the grace of God in redeeming us through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. The second - "the just shall live by his FAITHFULNESS" - is to remove the entire focus away from what Christ has done for us and to place it on ourselves, our performance and our own works.
The big theological question to ask is this - Does the just live by FAITH, meaning by what he believes about what God has done for us in Christ, or by his FAITHFULNESS, meaning how he lives?
The whole Reformation began with God opening the eyes of Martin Luther when he read the passage "The just shall live by his FAITH." He was finally freed from the heavy yoke of trying to obtain his own righteousness through the works and self merit system of the Roman Catholic Church.
# 14. John 7:8-10 Did Jesus lie or tell the truth? If He lied, then He sinned, and He can't be our Saviour.
KJB - "Go ye up unto this feast: I go not YET unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. But when his brethren were gone up, THEN went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret."
ESV, NIV 2011 edition, NASB - "You go to the feast. I AM NOT GOING up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come. After saying this he remained in Galilee. But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, THEN HE ALSO WENT UP, not publicly but in private." (ESV)
# 15. KJB - Acts 13:33 and Psalms 2:7 "Thou are my Son, THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN THEE."
NIV, NET, MEV - "You are my son; TODAY I HAVE BECOME YOUR FATHER."
In the true Bible Acts 13:33 speaks of the day the Son of God was raised from the dead and became the firstborn from the dead (Col. 1:18) and the first begotten of the dead (Rev. 1:5).
The fake bibles teach that there was a time when God became the Father of the Son, and thus the Son is not from everlasting to everlasting.
# 17. Daniel 9:26 What Did Christ Accomplish With His Death?
KJB - "Messiah cut off, but NOT FOR HIMSELF"
ESV (NIV, NASB, NET) - "an anointed one shall be cut off AND SHALL HAVE NOTHING."
# 18. Psalm 8:5 "Thou madest him a little lower than the angels", or "a little less than God"?
RSV, Holman Standard, NASB "You made him LITTLE LESS THAN GOD."
There is a huge difference between the King James Bible's translation of Psalm 8:5 and those of many modern versions. The KJB tells us that God made us a little lower than angels.
The KJB reading is also the one found in the Greek Septuagint and Lamsa's translation of the Syriac Peshitta.
Psalm 8:5 "For thou hast made him a little lower than THE ANGELS, and hast crowned him with glory and honour."
The verse is even quoted in the New Testament in the book of Hebrews.
Hebrews 2:7 - "Thou madest him a little lower than THE ANGELS; thou crownedst him with glory and honour"
However, in Psalm 8:5 many modern versions tell us that we were made a little lower than God himself.
# 19. "to KEEP His words" versus "to OBEY His words"
John 14:23 “If a man love me, he will KEEP MY WORDS” Versus “Anyone who loves me will OBEY MY TEACHING”
King James Bible - "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we KEEP his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and KEEPETH NOT his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but WHOSO KEEPETH HIS WORD, in him verily is the love of God perfected." 1 John 2:3-5
NIV 1984 edition - "We know that we have come to know him if we OBEY his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does NOT DO what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone OBEYS his word, God's love is truly made complete in him."
There is a big difference between “to KEEP God’s words” and “to OBEY God’s words”. See what it is here -
# 20. How to Destroy Messianic Prophecies - Three examples
Number 1 - Haggai 2:7 The Desire of all nations shall come
Number Two - Isaiah 66:5 But He shall appear to your joy
Number Three - Daniel 9:26 "Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself"
Three Messianic Prophesies that are messed up in many modern versions -
Dan Wallace and his NET version, the ESV and the Modern English Version are wrong on all three. The NKJV is wrong on two of them.
# 21. THE GRACE OF GOD DESTROYED - Four Examples -
# 1. Numbers 23:21 -
In Numbers 23:19-21 we read these beautiful truths: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.”
The next verse, 21, expresses a great truth in the KJB, but this is where the error of the new versions occurs. Verse 21: “He hath NOT BEHELD INIQUITY in Jacob, NEITHER HATH HE SEEN PERVERSENESS in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them”.
The ESV, NIV, NASB, NET all get this wrong.
#2. Deuteronomy 32:5 Are they God’s Children or Not His children?
The NKJV, MEV, ESV, NIV, NASB, NET all get this wrong.
#3. 2 Samuel 23:5 "Although my house BE NOT SO WITH GOD; YET he hath made with me an everlasting covenant"
The MEV, NKJV, ESV, NIV, NASB all get this wrong. See "The Grace of God Destroyed."
#4. Isaiah 35:8 “THE WAYFARING MEN, THOUGH FOOLS, SHALL NOT ERR THEREIN.”
The MEV, NIV, NASB, NET all get this wrong. The ESV, NKJV got it right.
See "The Grace of God Destroyed."
# 22. Jeremiah 8:8 "the pen of the scribes is in vain"
Jeremiah 8:8 "the pen of the scribes is in vain" - the Muslims & Bogus bibles
Were the Old Testament Scriptures corrupted or not?
KJB - "How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? LO, CERTAINLY IN VAIN MADE HE IT; THE PEN OF THE SCRIBES IS IN VAIN."
NKJV (ESV, MEV, NIV, NASB) - “How can you say, 'We are wise, And the law of the Lord is with us'? LOOK, THE FALSE PEN OF THE SCRIBE CERTAINLY WORKS FALSEHOOD."
# 23. Did men “WORSHIP” the Lord Jesus Christ or just “BOW BEFORE” Him?
Matthew 8:2 KJB - “And, behold, there came a leper and WORSHIPPED him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”
ESV, NIV, (NASB) - “And behold, a leper came to him and KNELT BEFORE him, saying, Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”
# 24. Acts 17:22 "Too Superstitious, Worship Demons or Very Religious"?
Acts 17:22 KJB - "Then Paul stood in the midst of MARS' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things YE ARE TOO SUPERSTITIOUS...whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you."
NKJV (ESV, NIV, MEV, NASB) - "Then Paul stood in the midst of THE AREOPAGUS and said, "Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are VERY RELIGIOUS."
The Living Oracles of 1835 has “you are ADDICTED TO THE WORSHIP OF DEMONS.”
Darby's translation says: "I see YOU ARE GIVEN UP TO DEMON WORSHIP"
#25 - 2 Corinthians 2:17 "Corrupt" or "Peddle" the word of God?
King James Bible - ”For we are not as many, which CORRUPT the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ."
NKJV, NIV, NASB, ESV, MEV "For we are not, as so many, PEDDLING the word of God..."
The Geneva Bible 1587 was deficient here (as in other places) and read: "We are not as many which MAKE MERCHANDISE OF the word of God".
# 26 - Luke 2:14 KJB, NKJV - "on earth peace, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN."
NASB, RSV, ESV, NET - "on earth peace AMONG THOSE WITH WHOM HE IS PLEASED."
NIV, Catholic St. Joseph New American Bible 1970 - "peace on earth TO THOSE ON WHOM HIS FAVOR RESTS."
Catholic Douay Version - "peace among MEN OF GOOD WILL."
#27. Revelation 13:8 - "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
Revelation 13:8 KJB - "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (the beast) whose names are not written in the book of life of THE LAMB SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD."
ESV - (NASB, NET, Holman, Catholic St. Joseph, New Jerusalem bible) - "and all who dwell on the earth will worship it, everyone WHOSE NAME HAS NOT BEEN WRITTEN BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD IN THE BOOK OF LIFE of the Lamb that was slain."
#28. Genesis 3:5 "ye shall be as gods" or "you will be like God"?
Genesis 3:5 KJB - "then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
NKJV, ESV, NIV, NASB, MEV, Holman Standard, Jehovah Witness NWT - "your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
# 29. Genesis 6:8 KJB - "But Noah found GRACE in the eyes of the LORD."
ESV (NASB, NIV, NET, Holman Standard, Catholic St. Joseph NAB, Jehovah Witness NWT) - "But Noah found FAVOR in the eyes of the LORD."
Was there any kind of personal merit found in Noah or was it totally of grace?
# 30. Hosea 13:14 - A Blessing or A Curse?
Hosea 13:14 "I will redeem them from death...REPENTANCE shall be hid from mine eyes."
One of the most beautiful and comforting promises in the book of the prophet Hosea has been completely turned on its head and made out to be utter non-sense in many versions.
King James Bible - "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: REPENTANCE SHALL BE HID FROM MINE EYES."
ESV 2001-2011 - "SHALL I ransom them from the power of Sheol? SHALL I redeem them from Death? O Death, WHERE ARE your plagues? O Sheol, WHERE IS YOUR STING? COMPASSION is hidden from my eyes."
The NKJV keeps the verse as 4 statements but changes the meaning. It says: "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! PITY is hidden from My eyes."
# 31. "No Respecter of persons" or "Does not show partiality"?
# 32. “The Faith OF Jesus Christ” or “your faith IN Christ”?
What’s the Difference and does it Matter?
# 33. Genesis 22:8 KJB - “God will provide HIMSELF a lamb for a burnt offering”
A great prophecy concerning the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ has been destroyed in many modern versions.
NKJV (ESV, NASB) - "God will provide FOR Himself the lamb"
Holman Standard (NIV) - "God Himself will provide the lamb"
Green's 'literal' -"God will see to the lamb for Himself"
# 34. - Isaiah 66:5 "BUT HE SHALL APPEAR TO YOUR JOY, and they shall be ashamed."
Isaiah 66:5 KJB - "Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: BUT HE SHALL APPEAR TO YOUR JOY, and they shall be ashamed."
NKJV (NASB, NIV, ESV, NET) - “Hear the word of the LORD, You who tremble at His word: “Your brethren who hated you, Who cast you out for my name's sake, said, 'Let the LORD be glorified, THAT WE MAY SEE YOUR JOY'. But they shall be ashamed."
What happened to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ?
# 35. - Genesis 3:16 - KJB - "Unto the woman he said, I WILL GREATLY MULTIPLY THY SORROW AND THY CONCEPTION"
Genesis 3:16 - KJB - "Unto the woman he said, I WILL GREATLY MULTIPLY THY SORROW AND THY CONCEPTION; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be TO thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."
ESV 2011 edition, NASB 1995 (Jehovah Witness NWT, NIV, Holman) - "To the woman he said, I will SURELY MULTIPLY YOUR PAIN IN CHILDBEARING; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be FOR your husband, and he shall rule over you."
ESV 2016 edition - To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be CONTRARY TO your husband, but he shall rule over you.”
# 36. “And to thy seed, which is Christ.” Galatians 3:16 compared to Genesis 12:7; 13:15 and 24:7.
SEED or Descendants (NKJV, NASB, NET, modern Catholic versions) or Offspring (ESV, NIV, Holman)?
An important prophetic statement found in the book of Galatians is all messed up in the NKJV, NASB, ESV, NIV, NET, modern Catholic and Holman versions.
# 37. Matthew 18:3 KJB - “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except YE BE CONVERTED, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
ESV (ASV, RSV, NET, Jehovah Witness NWT) - “and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless YOU TURN and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
NIV (NRSV, Catholic St. Joseph NAB, Catholic New Jerusalem) - “And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless YOU CHANGE and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
There is a big difference between "Decisionism" (so commonly taught and practiced in the professing Church today) and "Conversion".
“If we would destroy the Christian religion, we must first of all destroy man’s belief in the Bible.”
Voltaire - ex French philosopher and former unbeliever.
“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 8:8
"But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant." 1 Corinthians 14:38