Jesus tells us "Beware of the scribes..." and in 1 Corinthians 1:19-20 "It is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?"
There is an easy way for every Christian to test the multitude of conflicting Bible versions flooding the market today. Are they a true or a false witness? Mark 14:56 tells us: "For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together."
In a court of law a false witness will sometimes or even usually tell the truth, but he betrays himself as a false witness by saying something either false, contradictory or absurd.
So it is with the NKJV, NASB, ESV, NIV and all the other modern Bible versions competing for your money and your mind. So Christian friend, I ask you to sit for a little while in the jury box, listen to the testimonies, and determine which one is telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
What is your righteousness before a holy and just God? Is it your own works or the imputed righteousness of our precious Lord Jesus Christ?
The imputed righteousness of Christ is illustrated and clearly taught in the King James Bible of 1611. In the beginning, after Adam and Eve had sinned and hid themselves from God because they were naked, we are told in Genesis 3:21: "Unto Adam also and to is wife did the LORD God make coats of skin, and clothed them." An innocent animal was slain, and its coat was made a covering for the naked, guilty pair. God has to cover us; we cannot cover ourselves acceptably before Him.
Isaiah 61:10 beautifully expresses this truth: "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness...as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels."
Zechariah 3:1-4 illustrates the same truth. Satan stood at the right hand of Joshua the high priest to resist him. The Lord rebuked Satan. The Bible tells us that: "Joshua was clothed with filthy garments." But God said: "Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment."
In Matthew 22 our Saviour gives us a parable about a wedding where the guests were bidden to the feast. But the king saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment. "And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless." Then the man was bound hand and foot and cast into outer darkness.
You and I have no righteousness of our own doing. "All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags" - Isaiah 64:6. But praise our God for his wonderful Son, Jesus Christ. "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2 Corinthians 5:21. "and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." Philippians 3:9.
All the preceding information was given to show the true doctrine so that the false teaching of the new versions will be seen more clearly.
Revelation 19:7-9 tells us again of the wedding feast. V.7 "the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; FOR THE FINE LINEN IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF SAINTS."
This last phrase is consistent with the rest of Scripture that it is not our righteousness that makes us acceptable unto God, but the robe of the imputed righteousness of Christ. Versions that read just like the King James Bible are Tyndale's New Testament of 1534, Miles Coverdale 1535, the Great Bible 1540, Matthew's Bible 1549, the Bishop's Bible 1568, the Geneva Bible of 1587, the Beza N.T. 1599, Green’s interlinear, Whiston's Primitive New Testament 1745, John Wesley's 1755 translation, Worsley Version 1770, Daniel Webster's of 1833, Etheridge Translation 1849, Murdock Translation 1851, Noyes Translation 1869, New Testament translated from the Sinaitic mss. 1918, the Spanish Reina Valera of 1909 (el lino fino son las justificaciones de los santos), the 1744 French Martin - ("ce fin lin désigne la justice des Saints."), Luther's 1545 German Bible, Darby's translation 1890, the Bible in Basic English 1970, Lamsa's translation of the Syriac Peshitta, the Third Millennium Bible 1998, the 21st Century KJB version 1994, and even the 2002 paraphrase called The Message which reads: "She was given a bridal gown of bright and shining linen. The linen is the righteousness of the saints."
However, the Catholic Douay, New American (St. Joseph of 1970), and the Jehovah Witness Bibles read in a similar way to many modern versions. St. Joseph: "the linen dress is THE VIRTUOUS DEEDS of God's saints." The Catholic New Jerusalem bible of 1985 reads: "because her linen is made of THE GOOD DEEDS of the saints."
The NKJV, NASB, ISV (2003 International Standard Version), the 2001 ESV (English Standard Version), the Holman Christian Standard Bible, the NIV, and the Jehovah Witness NWT have, “the fine linen is the RIGHTEOUS ACTS of the saints.” (NIV 1984 edition) or "the fine linen is THE RIGHTEOUS DEEDS of God's people".
The Holman Standard and Jehovah Witness NWT read: "For the fine linen represents THE RIGHTEOUS ACTS of the saints." That is the Catholic doctrine of works salvation and it is now taught in the NKJV, NIV, and NASB too. If our righteous acts or righteous deeds are going to make up our wedding dress, it will be pretty soiled and tattered, don't you think? At the very least, you have to admit that not all these versions teach the same truth in this verse. So which one is right?
For a further development of the theology of this verse as it stands in the King James Bible please see my article here:
God is sovereign and in control of his universe. Daniel 2:21 "he changeth the times and the seasons". Acts 1:7 "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power,"; Acts 17:31 "he hath appointed a day (already done) in the which he will judge the world in righteousness"; Revelation 9:15 "And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men." God alone is in control of time, even to the very hour. John 7:30: "Then they sought to take him; but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come."
2 Peter 3:12 KJB - "Looking for and HASTING UNTO the coming of the day of God"
The King James Bible along with Tyndale, the Great Bible 1540 - "lokyng for, and hastinge vnto the commynge of the daye of God", Matthew's Bible 1549 -"lokynge for and hasting vnto the comminge of the daye of God", the Bishops' Bible 1568, the Geneva 1587 - "Looking for, and hasting vnto the comming of that day of God", Douay, Webster's 1833 translation, the KJV 21st Century 1994, Third Millennium Bible 1998, Young's 1898, and the Spanish Reina Valera correctly translate 2 Peter 3:11,12 "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and HASTING UNTO the coming of the day of God...", Douay - hasten towards; Young - hasting to; Spanish - apresurándoos para la venida.
While the RV, 1885 and ASV of 1901 have -"earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God". The Holman Standard of 2003 is similar to these last two, in that it reads: "as you wait for AND EARNESTLY DESIRE the coming of the day of God."
But something has definitely changed in many new "bibles". The NKJV, NASB and ESV have "hastening the coming" and the NIV has "speed its coming".
The Catholic Connection
The Catholic bible versions teach the same false doctrine as do the NKJV, NASB, NIV and ESV. The 1970 St. Joseph New American bible says: "looking for the coming of the day of God AND TRYING TO HASTEN IT." while the Catholic New Jerusalem bible of 1985 has: "while you wait for the Day of God to come, and TRY TO HASTEN its coming." We cannot hasten or hurry up Gods timetable or affect it in any way. The new versions teach the opposite and contradict the rest of Scripture. For a further development and explanation of the theology of this verse as it stands in the King James Bible please see my article here:
In 2 Samuel 14, Joab enlists the help of a wise woman to change David's attitude toward his son Absalom. David apparently received the woman's message as from the Lord, because he allowed Absalom to return to Jerusalem. Part of the message is v.14; "For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered again; NEITHER DOTH GOD RESPECT ANY PERSON." In other words, we all die, regardless of wealth or social position.
The Geneva Bible, Youngs translation, The Ancient Hebrew Bible 1907, the 1917 Jewish Publication Society of America Version all agree with the KJV - "NEITHER DOTH GOD RESPECT ANY PERSON."
However, the NKJV, NASB, NIV, and ESV say "God does not take away life." This is a false statement. It contradicts 2 Samuel 12:15 just two chapters before where the Lord struck the child and he died. 1 Samuel 2:6 says: "The Lord killeth, and maketh alive; he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up..." and God himself testifies in Deut. 32:39; "I kill, and I make alive."
This is not a case of the NKJV, ESV or NASB honestly examining the Hebrew, because all three have rendered the same words in other places just as the KJB has them here. Why change what this wise woman said from the truth into a lie?
For a further explanation of this verse please see my article here: Does God Take Away Life?
A false witness can say something so utterly ridiculous that you know he is lying. Let's look at the NAS - the rapidly fading star of the scholarly types. Is it possible to deceive God? He knows our every thought and the words before they come out of our mouths. Of course, you say, no one can deceive God.
Stupid statement #1 . Psalms 78 tells us of Israel's rebellion and sin against their God and of his continued compassion towards them. One of the people's many recorded sins is found in v.36: "they did FLATTER him with their mouth, and lied unto him with their tongue." We can flatter God - say all kinds of nice things about him yet not really mean them. God is not fooled by mans false words of adoration. The ASV, NIV, NKJV, ESV, Darby, Geneva, RSV and NRSV all agree with the KJV that they flattered God. But the NASB says they DECEIVED him. That, my Christian friend, is an impossibility. I hope you aren't deceived into thinking the NASB is the true Bible.
To see more on this verse - Can God be Deceived?
Stupid statement #2. Psalm 10:4 describes a wicked man: "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God; GOD IS NOT IN ALL HIS THOUGHTS." In other words, in everything this man thinks, God never enters the picture.
The NKJV, NIV agree with the KJV. The NIV is good here saying: "in all his thoughts there is no room for God." Older English Bible are good here like the Great Bible of 1540 - "nether is God in all his thoughtes." or Matthew's Bible of 1549 - "neither is God before his eyes."
But the NASB and ESV have "All his thoughts are 'There is no God.'" Not even the staunchest atheist walks around all day long thinking; "there is no god, there is no god, there is no god." The NASB, ESV are very similar to the Catholic New Jerusalem bible of 1985 which says: "There is no God", is his only thought."
Stupid statement #3 Ephesians 5:13 says along with the NKJV, NIV 1984 edition, ASV, Darby, Geneva and Spanish: "But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light; for WHATSOEVER DOTH MAKE MANIFEST IS LIGHT." In other words, the light of God's truth shows things for what they really are. It tells us what sin and unrighteousness are by exposing them.
The ESV is pretty good here. It says: "But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible."
But the NASB would have us believe "EVERYTHING THAT BECOMES VISIBLE IS LIGHT." Oh, really? But now the "new" NIV of 2011 has come out and it has changed the meaning of this verse to now mean something utterly ridiculous.
The "old" NIV of 1984 read: "But EVERYTHING EXPOSED BY THE LIGHT BECOMES VISIBLE."
However the NIV 2011 now says: "and everything THAT IS ILLUMINATED BECOMES A LIGHT."!!! The 'new' NIV is now much closer to it's Catholic counterpart, the New Jerusalem bible of 1985 which also says: "and anything illuminated is itself a light."
As a false witness will contradict himself; so too will a false bible. Hebrews 3 tells of the children of Israel who didn't believe God and hardened their hearts so as not to enter the promised land. Verse 16 says; "For some, when they had heard, did provoke; howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses."
Tyndale 1525, Coverdale 1535, the Great Bible 1540, Matthew's Bible 1549 - "For some, when they hearde, rebelled, how be it not al that came out of Egypte vnder Moyses." the Bishops' Bible of 1568, the Geneva Bible 1587, Young's and Reina Valera of 1602 agree with the King James Bible.
However the NKJV, NIV, NASB, ESV say: "For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt by Moses?"
You would naturally answer "Yes, it was all" to the new versions. But that is a lie, a contradiction and contrary to the whole sense of the passage. Joshua and Caleb believed God and eventually did enter the promised land along with thousands of the children of the parents who refused to believe God. The whole point of the passage is to believe God and enter into his rest. Be like Caleb and Joshua.
The earlier Catholic bibles like the Douay-Rheims and the 1950 Douay were right and also agreed with the King James Bible. The 1950 Douay says in Hebrews 3:16 - "for some who heard gave provocation, BUT NOT ALL those who came out of Egypt under Moses."
However the newer Catholic versions like the St. Joseph of 1970 reads exactly the same wrong meaning like the NKJV, NIV, NASB, ESV with "who were those that revolted when they heard that voice? Was it not all whom Moses had led out of Egypt?", while the New Jerusalem of 1985 has "who was it who listened and then rebelled? Surely all those whom Moses led out of Egypt."
To see more on this verse
Who is in control of the world? Is it God or Satan? Jesus Christ said: "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." Matthew 28:18. The Lord's prayer in Matthew 6:13 ends with :"For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever, Amen."
This phrase is in brackets in the NASB and removed in the NIV, RSV, NRSV, ESV, Jehovah Witness NWT and Dan Wallace's NET version. Jesus either said it or he didn't; they can't all be right.
See my article on this verse here - Matthew 6:13 & Luke 11:2-4 - Is your bible a "Catholic" bible?
In Ephesians 1:20-22 it is said of Christ that God "raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come; and hath put all things under his feet."
Daniel 4:17,25,26 tell us that "the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will." II Cron. 20:6: "O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?"
Satan is a liar from the beginning. When he told Jesus, during the temptation, that all the kingdoms of the world were his and that he gave them to whomsoever he would, he was lying. His statement directly contradicts Daniel 4:17 and the other Scriptures.
But the NIV, NASB, ESV and NKJ have bought Satan's lie and are passing it off on to God's children.
In 1 John 5:19 the KJV along with the Geneva, Tyndale, Young's and the Spanish of 1602 say: "And we know that we are of God, and THE WHOLE WORLD LIETH IN WICKEDNESS." We live in a fallen world; it lies in sin; but God is still in control and ruling even though it may not appear that way. But the eye of faith sees his sovereignty and rejoices in this confidence.
However the NIV says: "The whole world is under the control of the evil one." (Before you rush to your school boy Greek, check out your own version on the presence or lack of the definite article.) The NASB and ESV have "the whole world lies in the power of the evil one."
Likewise the Catholic versions are in agreement with the NIV, NASB, ESV reading: "and the whole world is in the power of the Evil One." (New Jerusalem bible 1985). The NKJV tries to strike a medium with its: "lies under the sway of the wicked one" but it is also wrong when it calls Satan the "ruler of this world" in John 16:11.
For further discussion of who rules the world, please see -
I believe God is very serious about his words and those who would tamper with them. Deuteronomy 4:2: "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it." Proverbs 30:5,6 "Every word of God is pure...Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." Also Rev. 22:18,19.
The NASB, ESV and the NIV are guilty of adding to, diminishing from and changing the words of God. This is not just my opinion, but documented facts from their own "bibles" and concordances.
I will give just a few of the many examples I have found. In Judges 16:13-14 the NASB, ESV & NIV add 33 EXTRA WORDS to the text, which are not found in any Hebrew manuscripts, but according to the NIV footnote are found in some Greek copies.
In 2 Samuel 13:34 the NIV adds another 21 WORDS from the Greek. They are not found in the NASB or even the ESV. And again the NIV and the ESV both add another 15 WORDS to Psalm 145:13 from the Syriac - which are not in the NASB.
In Genesis 4:8 the NIV adds from the Greek: "let us go out into the field.", but they are not found in the NASB or the ESV.
I have found well over 40 examples in the NASB and more than 80 in the NIV and ESV where they do not follow the Hebrew text but go with the Greek, Syriac, Targum etc. Here are documented facts about some of the many places where versions like the NASB, NIV, RSV, ESV, Holman Standard and other modern Bible versions reject the inspired Hebrew texts. See -
2 Chronicles 22:2 tells us that Ahaziah was 42 years old when he began to reign. All Hebrew texts, plus the Revised Version, the ASV, Geneva, Darby, Young, Spanish, NKJV, and even the RSV & NRSV say 42.
Yet the NASB, ESV & NIV change this number to 22 on the basis of the Syriac and some LXX copies. This information is in a footnote in the Scofield NIV of 1984. It is recorded in 2 Kings 8:26 that he was 22 years old.
There is a rather easy solution to this apparent contradiction. Jehu was appointed by God to cut off the house of Ahab - 2 Chronicles 22:7. Ahaziah was son in law to Ahab - 2 Kings 8:27. So if you count how long each king related to Ahab reigned, you come up with exactly the 42nd year as a son of Ahab (related by marriage) when Ahaziah began to reign, though physically he was only 22.
Ahab 1 Kings 16:29 - 22 years reigned, Jehoram of Israel 12 years 2 Kings 3:1 and Jehoram of Judah 8 years 2 Chronicles 21:5. Thus 22 + 12 + 8 =42. The new versions are based on unbelief. They say "This is a scribal error." They don't believe God has preserved his word without error. They do not have an inspired, inerrant Bible in their hands. Ask them and you will see.
For a more in depth discussion of the 22 versus 42 "problem" please see - How old was Ahaziah?
One last example dealing with numbers - though I have many more. In 1 Samuel 13:1 the KJV, NKJV, Geneva and Spanish say: "Saul reigned ONE year; and when he had reigned TWO years over Israel..."
The NASB editions 1972 to 1977 said: "Saul was FORTY years old when he began to reign and he reigned THIRTY-TWO years over Israel."
But then the NASB 1995 changed this to match the NIV and now says: "Saul was THIRTY years old when he began to reign, and he reigned FORTY TWO years over Israel."
The ESV 2001 and 2007 editions both read: "Saul was....years old when he began to reign, and he reigned.....and TWO years over Israel."
But now the ESV 2011 edition says: "Saul LIVED FOR ONE YEAR AND THEN BECAME KING, and when he had reigned for TWO years over Israel"
The NIV has: "Saul was THIRTY years old when he became king, and he reigned over Israel FORTY TWO years."
Gleason Archer, one of the translators of the NIV, says in his book Bible Difficulties on page 171 that the Hebrew text here has been lost. How is that for God preserving his word?! The NASB & NIV and ESV not only disagree with each other (The ESV disagrees with other ESVs!) but contradict Acts 13:21 where we are told that Saul reigned for 40 years. The Hebrew text is not lost.
For further development of the truth of this verse as it stands in the King James Bible, please see my article here: Some Words Lost?
"Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it."
The NIV complete concordance tells us that they have not translated THOUSANDS of Hebrew and Greek words. Here are just a few examples.
Zechariah 1:7 NIV omits "saying". The NIV number for this word is #606. Their own concordance tells us they have "not translated" this word 878 times.
Zechariah 1:11 "Behold" is gone. NIV #2180 not translated 550 times.
Zechariah 1:18 omits "mine eyes" #6524 - 36 times not translated; "saw" and "behold" also are gone from this same verse.
"Children" #1201 not translated 237 times
Zechariah 8:17 omits "in your hearts", Zechariah 8:19 omits the word "fast" 3 of the 4 times it occurs in this verse.
Zechariah 9:1 omits "burden". All of these words are in the NASB, NKJ, and of course the KJV.
The NIV has over 64,000 fewer words in it than the KJV. It does not translate the words "it came to pass" (also, to be, happen, occur) #2118 - 887 times.
The words "I pray thee" #5228 in NIV are not translated 297 times out of the 405 times it occurs in the Hebrew text.
See how the omission of this simple phrase changes a request into a demand. In Exodus 33:18 Moses speaks to God: "And he said, I BESEECH THEE, shew me thy glory."
NIV: "Then Moses said, 'Now show me your glory.'"
This type of "bible" may appeal to the blab it and grab it crowd, but it is not the pure word of God.
The NASB 1995 edition omits almost 8000 WORDS that were found in the previous NASB 1977 edition.
To see many examples of how the NASB continues to change both its Hebrew and Greek underlying texts, as well as their English translation over and over again from one edition to the next, see "The ever changing 'literal' NASB"
The King James Bible is the only English Bible believed by thousands of God's redeemed people to be the complete and inerrant words of the living God. And that is exactly what it is.
No one seriously believes any other Bible in any language is or ever was the inerrant words of God. Just ask them.
All of grace, believing The Book - the Authorized King James Holy Bible,
Fake Bibles Do Teach False Doctrines
Here are well over 30 examples of where the false bibles DO corrupt true doctrines. There is a lot of information here.
President Ronald Reagan speaking about the King James Bible
Here is a very interesting 3 minute video recording of President Ronald Reagan talking about the King James Bible and the modern versions on his radio program.
RECOMMENDED FURTHER READING
Which Bible Version is God’s Word?
By: Edward Hendrie
Fact filled article showing the Jesuit Conspiracy to pervert and change the Bible to fit the "new" religion of the masses.
Part of what you will see in this article is the following:
In apparent reference to Satan’s corruption of God’s word in the Garden of Eden, Jesus admonished Satan: “That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” (Luke 4:4 AV) Just as Satan did in the Garden of Eden, he now tries to confuse people about what God has said: “Yea, hath God said . . . .” Pediatrician Dr. Lawrence Dunegan attended a lecture on March 20, 1969 at a gathering of pediatricians at a meeting of the Pittsburgh Pediatric Society. The lecturer at that meeting was a Dr. Richard Day (who died in 1989). At the time of the lecture Dr. Day was Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York. Previously, Dr. Day had served as Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Dr. Dunegan was well acquainted with Dr. Day and described him as an insider in the “order.” Dr. Dunegan did not explain what the “order” was, but from the lecture it was clear that it was a very powerful secret society made up of minions in service to Satan. During the lecture Dr. Day revealed many of the satanic plans that the members of the “order” had agreed upon that would change the United States from a Christian society to a pagan society. One of the strategies was to introduce new bible versions. By the time of the lecture in 1969, that strategy had long previously been implemented. Dr. Day was indicating that the final success of that strategy was in sight as henceforth it would be implemented with new vigor. Dr. Dunegan explains:
Another area of discussion was Religion. This is an avowed atheist speaking. And he [Dr. Day] said, "Religion is not necessarily bad. A lot of people seem to need religion, with it's mysteries and rituals - so they will have religion. But the major religions of today have to be changed because they are not compatible with the changes to come. The old religions will have to go. Especially Christianity. Once the Roman Catholic Church is brought down, the rest of Christianity will follow easily. Then a new religion can be accepted for use all over the world. It will incorporate something from all of the old ones to make it more easy for people to accept it, and feel at home in it. Most people won't be too concerned with religion. They will realize that they don't need it.
In order to this, the Bible will be changed. It will be rewritten to fit the new religion. Gradually, key words will be replaced with new words having various shades of meaning. Then the meaning attached to the new word can be close to the old word - and as time goes on, other shades of meaning of that word can be emphasized. and then gradually that word replaced with another word." I don't know if I'm making that clear. But the idea is that everything in Scripture need not be rewritten, just key words replaced by other words. And the variability in meaning attached to any word can be used as a tool to change the entire meaning of Scripture, and therefore make it acceptable to this new religion. Most people won't know the difference; and this was another one of the times where he said, "the few who do notice the difference won't be enough to matter."
In accordance with the aforementioned conspiracy, Satan and his minions now offer people a whole assortment of different bible versions, which change and twist God’s word. God’s word is with us today in the Authorized (King James) Version (referred to as AV or KJV). All other bible versions are tainted by the hands of Satan and his minions, including the New King James Version (NKJV). “Ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God.” Jeremiah 23:36. The corrupted bible versions are essentially Roman Catholic bible versions. Sadly, most of the so called church leaders of today have accepted Satan’s counterfeit bibles.