Bible Versions Exposed

Bible Versions ExposedThe topic of Bible Versions can be a very sensitive as everyone has a favourite bible and everyone has a Bible from which they have memorized their favourite verses. Therefore we don’t want to be controversial but we want to share as much light on the topic as possible and leave it to you to make an informed decision based on accurate information.

Are We KJV Only?
Old Bible
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105

Before we go into the study we want to make one thing clear that here at Righteousness is Love Ministries we are not a KJV only people, but we do believe that the KJV is very inspired and that every sincere Christian should use it as their foundational study bible. Feel free to cross reference with other translations but when the modern translations contradict the KJV (which they do often), then we will always side with the KJV which is based on Greek and Hebrew Textus Receptus Manuscripts. Is the KJV perfect? Unfortunately is isn’t, but all the words and verses are there to do your own study which couldn’t be said regarding modern translations.

Where to Begin?

In our previous statement we mentioned that the King James Version is from the Textus Receptus Manuscripts, we believe that this (Manuscripts)  is the most important place to start in order to understand the difference between Bible versions.

When you discuss this issue with someone you will most likely find that they will only deal with translations, translating Greek or Hebrew to English. This is only scratching the surface, because if genuine translators happened to have worked with a corrupt or incomplete manuscript, no matter how good or inspired the translator may be, you will always get a corrupt and incomplete translation as a result.

Only 3 types of Manuscripts!
Vaticanus Manuscript
Vaticanus Manuscript

There are essentially only 3 types of Manuscripts – Vaticanus, Sinaiticus and Textus Receptus. The Vaticanus – dated 325–350 AD – is the oldest manuscript which came from the Catholic Church library during the 15th century, hence the name Vaticanus,  and is still there today. The Sinaiticus dated 330–360 AD was found in 1844 within the walls of the Convent of St. Catherine, on the so called Mount Sinai (not Biblical Sinai), hence the name. According to Tischendorf, under the patronage of Frederick Augustus King of Saxony, the texts of the Sinaiticus were actually found in a waste paper bin waiting to be used to start a fire: I perceived a large and wide basket full of old parchments; and the librarian told me that two heaps like this had been already committed to the flames. What was my surprise to find amid this heap of papers...” (Narrative of the Discovery of the Sinaitic Manuscript, p. 23).

Sinaiticus Manuscript
Sinaiticus Manuscript

Although not one complete bible has been found, The Textus Receptus  is the most complete collection of originals that have been copied carefully throughout the ages by faithful and sincere Christians such as the Waldenses, Syrians, Antiochians and the Byzantines.

In fact you could also bring it down to only two Manuscripts, Alexandrian or Minority Text (Vaticanus and the Sinaiticus) and the Byzantine  or Majority text (Textus Receptus).

Oldest is Better, Right?

Some people say that the Alexandrian Manuscripts are the best because they are the oldest. This is a false assumption and one made by the translators of the Revised Standard Version Westcott and Hort,. Westcott and Hort used the Sinaiticus/Alexandrian Text as the basis for their translations and has provided a platform for most of the modern versions. It is important to understand that old does not necessary mean better especially when it comes from a totally different text. As almost all of the modern translations are based on this Alexandrian Text we must understand who was its original writer (Adamantius Origen) and what were his beliefs and intentions for the Bible manuscripts.

Who Was Origen?

According to www.1611kingjamesbible.com;

Adamantius Origen
Adamantius Origen

Adamantius Origen (A.D. 184-254), was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and was one of the most famous “church fathers,” he was instrumental in editing manuscripts upon which the NIV, NASB, and all modern versions, are based. He attended the School of Alexandria, which was a theological school and was established in the 2nd century after Christ. This school mixed Greek philosophy or Gnostic beliefs (secret mystical occult knowledge) with Biblical teaching.

Origen taught many non-Christian doctrines (see below). He stated that he would not hand down Christian teachings, pure and unmixed, but rather clothed with the precepts of pagan philosophy. Adam Clarke says Origen was the first “Christian” teacher of purgatory.  A pupil of the Gnostic star worshipper Clement of Alexandria, Origin lightly esteemed the Bible’s historical basis. “The Scriptures,” Origen maintained, “are of little use to those who understand them as they are written.” He is known for the Old Testament six-column Bible called the “Hexapla” in which each column had a different version of the Bible. Origen was well known for his labor to produce a “so-called” correct text of the Greek New Testament. He was known for spiritualizing or turning biblical events into allegories.

Origen greatly influenced Eusebius (260-340), who produced 50 copies of an “ecumenical” Bible (at the behest of Emperor Constantine). Although Constantine is remembered for establishing Sunday worship and the “Christian” (Catholic) Church as the state religion, his action in choosing Eusebius’ rendition of Origen’s Bible was perhaps more important, since ALL MODERN VERSIONS are based on the Codex Vaticanus and the Codex Sinaiticus, which are of the Eusebio-Origen type. Many authorities believe they were actually 2 of the 50 Constantine Bibles.

Some of Origen’s Beliefs

– Origen believed that man was divine.
– He believed in the pre-existence of souls
– He taught that everyone, including the Devil, would eventually be saved.
– He described the Trinity as a “hierarchy,” not as an equality of Father, Son, and Spirit.
– He believed in baptismal regeneration.
– He believed in purgatory.
– He taught that the Holy Spirit was the first creature made by God.
– He believed Christ was created.
– He taught transmigration (this is the belief that at death the soul passes into another body).
– He denied a literal interpretation of the Genesis creation, taught that it was a “myth” and taught that there was no actual person named “Adam.”
– He taught that Christ “became” God at His baptism.
– He taught, based on Matthew 19, that a true man of God should be castrated,  which he did to himself.
– He denied the physical resurrection of believers.

 Textus Receptus and The Authorised Kings James Version
Textus Receptus
Textus Receptus

As mentioned before, the KJV is a collection of the originals and not one complete Bible. The Question is can this be trusted? www.1611kingjamesbible.com sums it up quite nicely:

 Textus Receptus is based on the vast majority (over 95%) of the  5,300+ Greek manuscripts in existence. That is why it is also called the Majority Text.
 Textus Receptus is not mutilated with deletions, additions and amendments, as is the Minority Text.
Textus Receptus agrees with the earliest versions of the Bible: Peshitta (AD150) Old Latin Vulgate (AD157), the Italic Bible (AD157) etc. These Bibles were produced some 200 years before the Minority Texts (like Vatican and Sinai) favored by the Roman Catholic Church.
Textus Receptus agrees with the vast majority of the  86,000+ citations from scripture by the early church fathers.
Textus Receptus is untainted with Egyptian philosophy and unbelief.
Textus Receptus strongly upholds the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith: the creation account in Genesis, the divinity of Jesus Christ, the virgin birth, the Saviour’s miracles, his bodily resurrection, his literal return and the cleansing power of his blood!
Textus Receptus
was (and still is) the enemy of the Roman Catholic Church. This is an important fact to bear in mind.

Comparison

We believe that it is important to see some of the differences for yourself in order to understand the severity of the matter. Feel free to cross check the following verses with your personal bibles or alternatively Bible Gateway is a good online resource, Crosswire – Bible Desktop for offline and for Android MySword.

Changes in the Bibles when Compared to the KJV
Luke 11:2 Can pray to anyone
Daniel 3:25 Gods not God
1 John 4:3 Christ does not come in the flesh
Romans 14:10 Christ is no longer on the judgement seat
1 John 5:7 Cannot claim the three powers in heaven
Revelation 5:14 Forever and ever missing
Hebrews 9:12 Did Christ rise to the Holy or the Most Holy place in the Sanctuary?
 Missing Texts in the NIV and other Modern Versions
Matthew 18:11 Missing
Mark 7:16 Missing
Luke 17:36 Missing
John 5:4 Missing
Acts 8:37 Missing
Acts 28:29 Missing
Romans 8:1 Part Missing
Romans 16:24 Missing
Ephesians 3:14 Part Missing
Conclusion
Studying Bible
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. John 17:17

Again here are Righteousness is Love ministries we want to emphasise that we are not an only one bible ministry, but in saying that, we do believe that the King James Version, based on the Textus Receptus, is the most inspired and accurate, hence it can be trusted. Therefore, most of our quoted verses come from the KJV. The KJV has stood the test of time – over 400 years – and was written by translators that had the risk of martyrdom over their heads and of course some paid with their lives just to keep the word of God alive in order for us to be able to read it and study it today.

In saying all this, there is no point in studying the version types if we do not read or study the Bible itself. Without study of the Bible we will never know how to grow in Christ: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV)

May God bless you in your study of the Bible.

Interesting KJV Facts

Why the ‘ye and thou’s’? 

Believe or not but people did not walk around the English country side in the 15th century say ye or thou. This addition to the manuscripts is actually a very inspired translation technique and one that makes it easier for the reader. Let me explain; the English language can be confusing at times, using one word to explain two different situations or things, unlike the Greek language where they have different words. An example of  this is the word Love, the English language there really is only one word for it… Love but the Greek there are 3 words used in the Bible; Phileo, érōs & agápē

Phileo – Mental love or the love you would have for a friend.
érōs – Physical or passionate love,  physical love for your wife.
agápē – Spiritual love, God expression of love to His creation, unconditional love.

The Word ‘ye’ (humeis) is actually a plural translation of you, or shall we say ‘all of you’ and the word ‘thou’ (soi) is singular you, you. This makes it easier for the reader when you read such verse as;

James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

Another words; if ‘all of you‘ fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, ‘you individually‘ shalt love (agápē) thy neighbour a thyself, ‘all of you‘ do well:

Reading age of the translations

Some say that the King James Version is hard to read and we can understand this, it is written in a way that is different to the way we speak, being over 400 years old. Also lets face it, the English language have, unintentionally or intentionally, been dumb down over the last century. But if you actually look at the words used in the KJV, you will find that the KJV is easier to read than most modern translations, when compared to reading age. In comparing the first chapter of the first and last books of the Old and New Testaments, the Flesch-Kincaid research company’s Grade Level Indicator shows “The KJV ranks easier in 23 out of 26 comparisons” (Riplinger, New Age Bible Versions, 1994, p. 195).

 

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Indicator

KJV Grade Level

NIV  Grade Level

NASB Grade Level

TEV Grade Level

NKJV Grade Level

Genesis 1

4.4

5.1

4.7

5.1

5.2

Malachi 1

4.6

4.8

5.1

5.4

4.6

Matthew 1

6.7

16.4

6.8

11.8

10.3

Revelation 1

7.5

7.1

7.7

6.4

7.7

 Grade Level Average

5.8

8.4

6.1

7.2

6.9

More information in www.av1611.org

Modern Sayings and the KJV

With the estimated 1 Billion, plus, copies of the King James Bible sold since 1611, it is no wonder that there has been so much influence in the English Language. In fact a day doesn’t go past without a phrase is stated from this this magnificent book. Below is only a small list of everyday phrases that we use that come from the King James Bible.

Sourced from: www.nowtheendbegins.com

Everyday Phrases We Use That Came From The King James Bible
A drop in the bucket “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.” Isaiah 40:15
A labour of love “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;” Thessalonians 1:2,3
A man after my own heart “But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.” Samuel 13:14
Am I my brother’s keeper? “And the Lord said unto Cain, where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9
As you sow so shall you reap “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” Galatians 6:7
At one’s wits’ end “They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.” Psalms 107:27
Fight the good fight “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” I Timothy 6:12
Forgive them for they know “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” Luke 23:34
In the twinkling of an eye “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” I Corinthinans 15:52
Many are called but few are chosen “For many are called, but few [are] chosen.” Matthew 22:14
Physician, heal thyself “And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.” Luke 4:23
Reap the whirlwind “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.” Hosea 8:7
A wolf in sheep’s clothing “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15
Writing on the wall “In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.” Daniel 5:5

Interesting Bible Translation Connection

The New International Version has the same publisher or copyright holder as the Satanic Bible. NIV copyright is owned by Zondervan books and the Satanic Bible is published by Avon books which are both the subsidiaries of HarperCollins, which consequently is owned by Rupert Murdoch parent company News Corp. Rupert also has a interesting story to tell, he was knighted into the order of St Gregory by the Pope himself.

Resources:

www.1611kingjamesbible.com is a great website to get deep in this topic.

Also more information regarding this topic fill free to review the below resources:

New King James Version Tract .pdf

The King James and the Modern Versions .pdf

  213B – Battle of the Bibles / Total Onslaught – Walter Veith

– A great lecture in understanding the history of the translations.

Changing the Word / Total Onslaught – Walter Veith

– Continuation of the previous but this time showing the changes in the Bibles when compared to the KJV.

A Lamp In The Dark : Untold History of Bible – Full Movie

– A great documentary of the untold history of the bible, make sure to watch all of it.

Satanic Vatican – The Catholic Bible Deception

– This video looks at the background of the modern bibles. Jesus declares that there will be many people that will deceive others (Matthew 24), in fact Jude talks about people changing the Gospel in his time (Jude 4). This video will reveal who are the people behind the attacks made on the Holy Bible and how it affects us.