Another King James Bible Believer


“And to thy seed, which is Christ.”  Galatians 3:16 compared to Genesis 12:7; 13:15 and 24:7.

“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. 

In Galatians 3:16 we read: “Now to Abraham and his SEED were the promises made. He saith NOT, And to SEEDS, as of many; but as of one, And to thy SEED, which is Christ.”

The NKJV N.T. verse reads basically the same, but in giving cross references to this distinction between SEED (singular) as opposed to SEEDS (plural) the NKJV footnotes three Old Testament references found in Genesis 12:7; 13:15; and 24:7.

Let’s take a look for a moment at these three O.T. references listed in the NKJV and see what we find. 

In the King James Bible we read in all three: Genesis 12:7 -“And the LORD appeared unto Abraham, and said, Unto thy SEED will I give this land...”; 

Genesis 13:15 - “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy SEED for ever.”; 

Genesis 24:7 - “The LORD God of heaven...sware unto me, saying, Unto thy SEED will I give this land.”  

The Hebrew word used here is # 2233 zeh-rag and it refers both to the literal “seed” of plants - “the herb yielding SEED after his kind”, “every herb bearing SEED…the fruit of the tree yielding SEED” (Genesis 1:12, 29) and SEED referring to a specific people or to a specific person (Christ)

However when we look at all three of these references in the NKJV, NASB, ISV 2014 and Dan Wallace’s NET version 2006 we do not read of a singular SEED, but instead of a plural DESCENDANTS. 12:7 - “To your DESCENDANTS will I give this land”; 13:15 - “for all the land which you see I give to you and your DESCENDANTS for ever.” (Footnote: Literally SEED) 24:7 - “To your DESCENDANTS I give this land.”

And versions like the ESV, NIV, Holman Standard read OFFSPRING in all three.

The Voice actually says “give this land to your FUTURE GENERATIONS.”

The Catholic Connection

The previous Douay-Rheims 1610 and the Douay Version of 1950 both had SEED in all three Genesis references.  BUT the Catholic St. Joseph New American bible 1970 and the Jerusalem bible 1968 and New Jerusalem bible 1985 read “your DESCENDANTS”



"and to thy SEED will I give this land"

Bibles that agree with the KJB and read SEED in all three passages in Genesis 12:7; 13:15 and 24:7 are - Wycliffe 1395, Tyndale 1524, Coverdale 1535, the Great Bible 1540, Matthew’s bible 1549, the Bishops’ Bible 1568, the Geneva Bible 1587, the Douay-Rheims bible 1610, Darby 1890, Young’s 1898, The 1917 Jewish Publication Society Bible 1917, the Hebrew Publishing Company Bible 1936, The Ancient Hebrew Bible 1907, The Revised Version 1885, the ASV 1901, The Word of Yah Bible 1993, The Koster Scriptures 1998, The Third Millennium Bible 1998, God’s First Truth 1999, The World English Bible 2000, The Yah Sacred Scriptures 2001, The Apostolic Polyglot Bible 2003, A Conservative Version 2005, the Jubilee Bible 2010, The Work of God’s Children Bible 2011, The Bond Slave Version 2012, The Hebraic Roots Bible 2015 and the Tree of Life Version 2015.

All the true "seed" are IN Christ. That is why it is singular. We are “accepted IN the beloved” Ephesians 1:6 and we were chosen IN HIM before the foundation of the world - Ephesians 1:4.

"Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till THE SEED should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's SEED, and heirs according to the promise."

Galatians 3:19 & 29.

Galatians 3:19 is telling us that those who were under the law of Moses (the children of Israel) are NOT the specific SEED referred to in these promises of God given in the book of Genesis. Notice the words that the law “was added because of transgressions, TILL THE SEED SHOULD COME to whom the promise was made."

So the SEED cannot refer to the children of Israel who were under the law of Moses, but to Christ who, at the time the promises were given in Genesis 12:7; 13:15 and 24:7, and all during the time the children of Israel were under the law, had not yet come.


The King James Bible is right, as always, and a lot of modern versions are getting worse, not better.

For many more examples like this see 

Bible Babble in the Book of Genesis - Yea, hath God said?