Saturday, February 18, 2012

Print Page Bible Versions, Does It Matter?

  • ESV 2001, 2007 and 2011
  • NIV 1978, 1984, 2011
  • NASB 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1995

The ESV, NIV and NASB are probably the most popular modern translations of the Bible currently in use. Yet, as you can see by the listing above, they are always being revised. If you spent the last few years memorizing scripture it won't be long before an "improved" version comes out. So you need to spend the $15-$60 to buy the latest version and relearn the verses. Instead one could memorize the KJV that has not changed since 1611 (spelling and printer errors don't count). Yes, Bible versions do matter.


KJV - 1 Kings 10:8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom. 

KJV - 2 Chronicles 9:7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom. 

ESV - 1 Kings 10:8 Happy are your men! Happy are your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! 

ESV - 2 Chronicles 9:7 Happy are your wives! Happy are these your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!

As far as I know the ESV is the ONLY translation that I am aware of that changes it from the proper translation of men to wives based off of the LXX. This is an obvious contradiction. Yes, Bible versions do matter.


KJV - Romans 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 

NKJV - Romans 1:25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

KJV - Judges 6:29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. 

NKJV - Judges 6:29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. 

KJV - 1 Corinthians 7:13  And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

NKJV - 1 Corinthians 7:13  And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him.

Things that are different are not the same. Yes, Bible versions do matter.

Deity of Jesus:

KJV - 1 Timothy 3:16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

NASB - 1 Timothy 3:16  By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the fleshWas vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.

Baptism AFTER Salvation:

KJV - Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 

ESV - Acts 8:37 (missing)

Doctrine of the blood:

KJV - Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

NIV - Colossians 1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

These are just a handful of the doctrines that are weakened or removed by the modern versions. Also entire portions of the Bible are thrown out or put into question. For example the woman caught in adultery in John 7 shouldn't be in the Bible according to Bruce Metzger and many other scholars that are trusted by many Baptists and others:

Bruce Metzger
Although the committee [that is, the editorial committee of the United Bible Societies' Greek New Testament] was unanimous that the pericope was originally no part of the Fourth Gospel, in deference to the evident antiquity of the passage a majority decided to print it, enclosed within double square brackets, at its traditional place following John 7.52.
Biblical scholars are nearly all agreed that the Story of the Adulteress (also known as the Pericope Adulterae or the Pericope de Adultera) usually printed in Bibles as John 7:53-8:11 is a later addition to the Gospel.
So contrary to common opinion Bible translations do matter. I recommend reading more at the 2 following web sites:

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