Another “coincidence” found in the King James Bible.
The First and the Last Verses of the Bible.
I believe we can see the miraculous hand of God - who himself is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End - on the King James Bible, and that He has worked in history to give us a perfect Book that has this same pattern in the Beginning and the End of His Book.
Genesis 1:1 KJB - “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
Revelation 22:21 KJB - “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
BOTH verses in the King James Bible have 44 letters and of these 17 are vowels and 27 of them are consonants.
This cannot be done with the NKJV because it does not read as does the King James Bible in Genesis 1:1.
The NKJV says: “In the beginning God created the heavenS and the earth.”
You will notice the NKJV (along with the ESV, NASB, NIV, NET) has the plural HEAVENS instead of the singular HEAVEN of the KJB, and besides having 45 letters instead of the 44 of the KJB, they are also WRONG.
See “Bible Babble in the Book of Genesis - Yea, hath God said?- Part One” to find out why the KJB got it right and the NKJV and others didn’t.
And when we get to the modern Vatican supervised text versions like the constantly changing ESV, NASB, NIV, Holman Standard and NET versions (which don’t even agree with each other) Revelation 22:21 is textually very different from the King James Bible.
Let’s take a look at how these various versions read.
The KJB says: “The grace of OUR Lord Jesus CHRIST be with YOU all. AMEN.”
ESV, NASB - The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”
Omit “our” adds “the”, omits “Christ” and omits “you”
NIV - “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with GOD’S PEOPLE. Amen.”
Omits “our, Christ, you” and NO Greek text reads “God’s people” but is a complete paraphrase of “the saints”
Holman Christian Standard Bible - “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with ALL THE SAINTS. Amen.
Holman omits “our, Christ, you” and NO Greek text read “ALL the saints”.
The Westcott-Hort originally went with the reading of “with the saints” and omitted the word “all”. “With the saints” is the reading of Sinaiticus. But Alexandrinus reads simply reads “with all”
This is why both the Revised Version of 1881 and the ASV of 1901 both read: "The grace of the Lord Jesus be WITH THE SAINTS. AMEN."
Later on the Critical Greek text changed from “with the saints” to “with all” and the omitted the word AMEN, and that is how it reads now. But the Holman chose to combine two different Greek texts and doesn’t follow any particular Greek manuscript, nor the UBS/Nestle-Aland and it reads “with all the saints.”
And along with the NASB, ESV and NIV it ADDS the word AMEN, even though both Westcott-Hort and the UBS/Nestle-Aland Critical Greek texts OMIT it!
The only one here that actually follows the most recent UBS/Nestle-Aland Critical Greek texts is the NET bible, which reads:
Dan Wallace’s NET bible - “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.”
This one omits “our”, “Christ”, “you” and “Amen”!
And they call these shenanigans the “science” of textual criticism.
In any event, you have to admit that it is a pretty amazing “coincidence” that in the King James Bible the very First and the Last verses in the entire Bible both contain the same number of words, letters, vowels and consonants and the others do not.
For other examples like this plus a lot more, see “Reasons Why The King James Bible Is The Absolute Standard - God's Historic Witness to the Truth”
All of grace, believing the Book - the King James Holy Bible.
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