There are a lot of new translations of the Bible out there, and they have been getting worse and worse. Rhonda and I hold to the King James version of the Bible as one of the most accurate translations available, preferably the AV1611 version of it. We use it as our guideline anytime we read other new translations. I have sometimes used other newer translations here in the journals, because they do make it “easier to read” and sometimes make more sense so it’s clearer to understand the context. However, the newer versions are never our final guideline. The KJV remains that. If you were to do a study on how meticulous Jewish scribes would pen the Word of God on a new scroll you would quickly pick up on the reverence and awe they carried in respect to insuring their copying was done with perfection.
When we step back and look at the overall picture of what some of the new versions paint of Jesus, who He was, and how His disciples were to act, then we can clearly see the differences. As a matter of fact, I would dare to say that some of these new translations were written by lukewarm Christians and/or someone who was not even a Christian. Do some research on that and you might be surprised to know who was on the team writing the NIV. This topic of new translation errors could take an entire book itself to write and cover them, so I will for now just put out a few of the verses here, and I believe you will see how “subtle” the enemy has tried to trick a generation into lukewarm living.
Below I’ve written out the KJV and compare it to the ERV(Easy-to-read version). The red text shows what is taken out of the newer versions. For the most part nearly all of the verse comparisons below will represent most all of the new modern versions (NIV, ERV, ISV, etc.,.). This is not a comprehensive study of this, but just a tiny fragment of the enormous amount of scripture that has been altered. It’s clear to see why it is so “easy-to-read” because it does not deal with repentance, or sexual sins, and it waters down the truth found in the Word of God and obedience to it. Be wise….Be ready… Be holy… He is returning soon!
Mark 10:21 KJV Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
(ERV) Jesus looked at the man in a way that showed how much he cared for him. He said, “There is still one thing you need to do. Go and sell everything you have. Give the money to those who are poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and follow me.”
Mark 13:33 KJV Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
(ERV) Be careful! Always be ready. You don’t know when that time will be.
Luke 4:4 KJV And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
(ERV) Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say, ‘It is not just bread that keeps people alive.'”
Luke 11:2 KJV And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
(ERV) Jesus said to the followers, “This is how you should pray: ‘Father, we pray that your name will always be kept holy. We pray that your kingdom will come.
John 6:47 KJV Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
(ERV) “I can assure you that anyone who believes has eternal life
Romans 1:29 KJV Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
(ERV) They are filled with every kind of sin, evil, greed, and hatred. They are full of jealousy, murder, fighting, lying, and thinking the worst things about each other. They gossip
Romans 8:1 KJV There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
(ERV) That is because in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit that brings life made you free. It made you free from the law that brings sin and death.
Galatians 3:1 KJV O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
(ERV) You people in Galatia are so foolish! Why do I say this? Because I told you very clearly about the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. But now it seems as though you have let someone use their magical powers to make you forget.
Matthew 9:13 KJV But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
(ERV) You need to go and learn what this Scripture means: ‘I don’t want animal sacrifices; I want you to show kindness to people.’ I did not come to invite good people. I came to invite sinners.”
Revelation 22:19 KJV 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.