I have ran across some blog post where people are quoting different versions of the Bible and I noticed some major differences in them. One person’s version had totally changed a story to suit their belief system. So I decided to write a little post about this. The King James Version is a word-for-word version which most accurately follow the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts. Other manuscripts discovered since the King James Version was translated show it to be extremely reliable. For instance, when the King James Version is compared with what was found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, “the King James Bible is 98.33 percent pure (Good News Magazine). According to the Good News Magazine, About 98 percent of the known Greek manuscripts agree with the basic text of the King James Bible. The post says that the Scripture has been preserved and transmitted over the centuries remarkably well.
The King James Bible translation was done by 47 scholars, all of whom were members of the Church of England. In common with most other translations of the period, the New Testament was translated from Greek, the Old Testament was translated from Hebrew and Aramaic text (Wikipedia). The King James Version is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England begun in 1604 and completed in 1611.
I have noticed that today some don’t want to obey the truth of God’s word and want to get a new version that will suit their beliefs. The Bible is the preserved and divine word of God and should not be altered to suit one class of people. Psalms 12:6,7 says, The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. 2 Peter 1:21 says, For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
I am sure that the Bible is not a book that one should alter in order to change God’s laws. Just because one does not like what is written therein, doesn’t give them the right to change it or to delete certain scriptures. I have found that different versions seem to delete scriptures that mention Jesus as the son of God or other topics they don’t agree with. For example the NIV deletes Mark 11:26, Acts 8:37, 1 John 5:7 and Romans 16:24, etc… Other examples of altered scripture is with ‘The deity of Christ’. It is watered down in ACTS 3:13,26; ACTS 4:27,30 in the New King James Version, the New International Version and New American Standard Version, where Jesus is called God’s “servant” instead of God’s “Son” (cai.org). There are man more altered and deleted scripture in new Bible versions to name. I suggest sticking to a version that has withstood the test of time.
The Bible should not be changed to adjust to culture, the wealthy or to sinners. It was written to bring sinners to repentance. Some of these new versions were written to change sin into something acceptable by our society. Look at the ones who wrote these altered translations. They were written to be non confronting and adapting to be convenient for any lifestyle including homosexuality.
Revelation 22:18,19 says, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”