Doctrinal Changes And Omissions

“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” Deuteronomy 4:2

When we compare different versions of the Bible, we see many changes and passages that are missing particular words or ideas. While scholars often argue that this is inconsequential and does not change the reading of the text, we will show that the words omitted (and even often entire verses or passages) can have a huge impact on doctrine and the conclusions readers come to.

Just look at this one example.

John 3:36 in the King James Bible reads, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

In the English Standard Version, the same verse says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

This change completely changes the Bible’s teaching on how to be saved. If we believe on Jesus, we have everlasting life, if we don’t BELIEVE then we won’t see everlasting life. The ESV changes this to if we do not obey the Son we shall not see life, which would argue that we have to live in complete obedience to Christ to see life, therefore teaching a different gospel!

If the intention of recent translations is simply to update and modernise the language used in the Bible, why do so many verses remove the deity of Jesus Christ, salvation by faith alone, the virgin birth of Christ, morality, and so many other significant doctrines?

We will examine a number of verses to clearly show omissions and changes that have been made by modern translators. Click on each link to skip to each doctrine/topic:

  • If you are using a different version of the Bible please compare the verses in your own Bible to see the changes for yourself.

    The deity of Jesus Christ:

    King James Version:

    Modern Version:

    Issue:

    “He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

    Daniel 3:25

    “He said, ‘Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!’”

    NASB

    The King James Bible clearly identifies Jesus in the book of Daniel as the “Son of God” who walks in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, showing that Jesus always existed even before he was manifested in the flesh. However almost all modern Bibles remove this and instead put “a son of the gods” which fails to identify Jesus in the Old Testament, making reference to idolatry or paganism instead.

    “And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?”

    Matthew 8:29

    “And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?””

    RSV

    “Jesus” is removed.

    “Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.”

    Matthew 13:51

    ““Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied.”

    NIV

    “Lord” is removed.

    “Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.”

    Matthew 16:20

    “Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.”

    ESV

    “Jesus” is removed.

    “And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:”

    Matthew 17:22

    “When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.”

    NIV

    “Jesus” is removed.

    “And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,”

    Matthew 18:2

    “He called a little child and had him stand among them.”

    GWT

    “Jesus” is removed.

    “But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.”

    Matthew 23:8

    “You must not be called ‘Teacher,’ because you are all equal and have only one Teacher.”

    GNB

    “Christ” is removed, potentially making it unclear who the “Teacher” is.

    “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

    Matthew 28:6

    “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”

    NASB

    “Lord” is removed.

    “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”

    Mark 9:24

    “Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.””

    NASB

    “Lord” is removed.

    “And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.”

    Mark 14:18

    “While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.””

    NIV

    “Jesus” is removed.

    “Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?”

    Luke 1:34

    “And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?””

    RSV

    One of the most significant signs of Jesus’ deity was the virgin birth. The KJV clearly expresses this when Mary says “I know not a man” (this is the Bible’s language for saying she is a virgin). The RSV however only says “I have no husband”, which does not necessarily prove the virgin birth, so is unclear.

    “And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.”

    Luke 2:33

    “The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.”

    NIV

    Because Jesus is the Son of God born of a virgin, the Bible is careful not to call Joseph his father, it says, “Joseph and his mother”. However, the NIV says “the child’s father and mother”, which clearly portrays Joseph as the father, despite the virgin birth of Christ.

    “And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.”

    Luke 2:43

    “After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.”

    NIV

    Again, the NIV refers to Joseph as his father when it says “his parents”. Compare Luke 2:48 and 49 in the King James Bible, Jesus corrects Mary for calling Joseph his father, and says “wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business”, referring to God the Father instead.

    “And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.”

    Luke 4:41

    “And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them, and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.”

    RSV

    “Christ” is removed.

    “And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.”

    Luke 9:57

    “As they were traveling on the road someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.””

    CSB

    “Lord” is removed.

    “And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”

    Luke 17:6

    “He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”

    NIV

    “Lord” is removed.

    And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:”

    Luke 22:31

    ““Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,”

    ESV

    “Lord” is removed.

    “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”

    Luke 23:42

    “And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.””

    RSV

    “Lord” is removed.

    “And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”

    John 4:42

    “They told the woman, “Our faith is no longer based on what you’ve said. We have heard him ourselves, and we know that he really is the savior of the world.””

    GWT

    “Christ” is removed.

    “Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;”

    Acts 2:30

    “But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne.”

    NIV

    “Christ” is removed.

    “Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.”

    Acts 3:26

    “God raised up his servant and sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways.””

    CSV

    “Jesus” is removed and “Son” is changed to “servant”.

    “God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”

    Acts 13:33

    “he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: ‘You are my son; today I have become your father.’”

    NIV

    Jesus did not become the Son of God during his life on earth, but he was begotten.

    “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”

    Acts 15:11

    “But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.””

    NASB

    “Christ” is removed.

    “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

    Acts 16:31

    “They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your entire household.””

    CEB

    “Christ” is removed.

    “Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”

    Acts 19:4

    “And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on him that should come after him, that is, on Jesus.”

    ASV

    “Christ” is removed.

    “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Acts 20:21

    “To Jews and Gentiles alike I gave solemn warning that they should turn from their sins to God and believe in our Lord Jesus.”

    GNB

    “Christ” is removed.

    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

    Romans 1:16

    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

    NASB

    “Christ” is removed.

    “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

    Romans 6:11

    “Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin [and your relationship to it broken], but alive to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus.”

    AMP

    “Lord” is removed.

    “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ.”

    Romans 14:10

    “So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgement seat of God.”

    NLT

    Is it Christ’s judgement seat? (John 5:22)

    “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:”

    Romans 15:8

    “For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers,”

    NASB

    “Jesus” is removed.

    “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”

    Romans 16:20

    “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”

    NIV

    “Christ” is removed.

    “In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,”

    1 Corinthians 5:4

    “in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing. When you are assembled, and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,”

    RSV

    “Christ” is removed twice.

    “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

    1 Corinthians 5:5

    “hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.”

    NEB

    “Jesus” is removed.

    “Am I am not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?”

    1 Corinthians 9:1

    “Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord?”

    RSV

    “Christ” is removed.

    “What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.”

    1 Corinthians 9:18

    “What then is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel without charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.”

    NASB

    “Christ” is removed.

    “The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.”

    1 Corinthians 15:47

    “The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven.”

    NIV

    “Lord” is removed.

    “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.”

    1 Corinthians 16:22

    “If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!”

    ESV

    “Jesus Christ” is removed.

    “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

    1 Corinthians 16:23

    “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.”

    CEB

    “Christ” is removed.

    “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

    2 Corinthians 4:6

    “The God who said, “Out of darkness the light shall shine!” is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts, to bring us the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ.”

    GNB

    “Jesus” is removed.

    “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”

    2 Corinthians 4:10

    “always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”

    NASB

    “Lord” is removed.

    “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”

    2 Corinthians 5:18

    “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;”

    RSV

    “Jesus” is removed.

    “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.”

    2 Corinthians 11:31

    “The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is praised forever, knows that I’m not lying.”

    GWT

    “Christ” is removed.

    “And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.”

    Galatians 3:17

    “What I am saying is that the Law cannot change or cancel God’s promise that was made 430 years before the Law was given.”

    CEV

    “Christ” is removed.

    “Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God Christ.”

    Galatians 4:7

    “So thou art no longer bondman, but son; but if son, heir also through God.”

    DBY

    “Christ” is removed.

    “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”

    Galatians 6:15

    “For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.”

    ESV

    “Christ Jesus” is removed.

    “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”

    Galatians 6:17

    “To conclude: let no one give me any more trouble, because the scars I have on my body show that I am the slave of Jesus.”

    GNB

    “Lord” is removed.

    “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

    Ephesians 3:9

    “and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.”

    NIV

    “Jesus Christ” is removed, which takes away the teaching that Jesus was the Creator. This is more aligned with the NWT (used by Jehovah’s Witnesses) which also says that Jesus was created.

    “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

    Ephesians 3:14

    “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,”

    NASB

    “Lord Jesus Christ” is removed.

    “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

    Philippians 4:13

    “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.”

    RSV

    “Christ” is removed.

    “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Colossians 1:2

    “To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.”

    ESV

    “Lord Jesus Christ” is removed.

    “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:”

    Colossians 1:28

    “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.”

    NIV

    “Jesus” is removed.

    “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?”

    1 Thessalonians 2:19

    “Who is our hope, joy, or prize that we can brag about in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Isn’t it you?”

    GWT

    “Christ” is removed.

    “Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.”

    1 Thessalonians 3:11

    “May God our Father and our Lord Jesus bring us to you very soon.”

    NLT

    “Christ” is removed.

    “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.”

    1 Thessalonians 3:13

    “May he make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. Amen.”

    CSB

    “Christ” is removed.

    “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:”

    2 Thessalonians 1:8

    “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”

    NIV

    “Christ” is removed.

    “That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

    2 Thessalonians 1:12

    “so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

    RSV

    “Christ” is removed.

    “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;”

    1 Timothy 1:1

    “From Paul, who is an apostle of Jesus Christ by the command of God our savior and of Christ Jesus our hope.”

    CEB

    “Lord” is removed.

    “Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.”

    1 Timothy 2:7

    “And I have been chosen as a preacher and apostle to teach the Gentiles this message about faith and truth. I’m not exaggerating—just telling the truth.”

    NLT

    “Christ” is removed.

    “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.”

    1 Timothy 3:16

    “Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”

    NIV

    “God” is changed to “He” in the NIV. While the King James Bible clearly and unquestionably asserts the deity of Jesus by saying he was God “manifest in the flesh”, the NIV makes this unclear and open to speculation.

    “I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.”

    1 Timothy 5:21

    “Before God and Christ Jesus and the chosen angels, I command you to do these things without showing favor of any kind to anyone.”

    NCV

    “Lord” is removed.

    “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;”

    2 Timothy 4:1

    “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:”

    NIV

    “Lord” is removed.

    “The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.”

    2 Timothy 4:22

    “The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.”

    CSB

    “Jesus Christ” is removed.

    “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;”

    Hebrews 3:1

    “Therefore, brothers and sisters who are partners in the heavenly calling, think about Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.”

    CEB

    “Christ” is removed.

    “To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.”

    Titus 1:4

    “To Titus, my loyal child in the faith we share: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.”

    NRSV

    “Lord” is removed.

    “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”

    1 Peter 5:10

    “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace [who imparts His blessing and favour], who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you [making you what you ought to be].”

    AMP

    “Jesus” is removed.

    “Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

    1 Peter 5:14

    “Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.”

    NIV

    “Jesus” is removed.

    “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

    1 John 1:7

    “but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

    NASB

    “Christ” is removed.

    “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

    1 John 4:3

    “But anyone who denies this about Jesus does not have the Spirit from God. The spirit that he has is from the Enemy of Christ; you heard that it would come, and now it is here in the world already.”

    GNB

    “Christ” is removed, “come in the flesh” is removed, “antichrist” is removed.

    “Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.”

    2 John 3

    “Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.”

    ESV

    “Lord” is removed.

    “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

    Revelation 1:9

    “I, John, am your brother and your partner in suffering and in God’s Kingdom and in the patient endurance to which Jesus calls us. I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus.”

    NLT

    “Christ” is removed twice and it is called “God’s Kingdom” instead of the “kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ”.

    “Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia…”

    Revelation 1:11

    “saying, ‘Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches…’”

    NASB

    Removes Jesus’ title which shows that he is eternal.

    “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

    Revelation 12:17

    “So the dragon was furious with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep the commands of God and hold firmly to the testimony about Jesus.”

    CSB

    “Christ” is removed.

    “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

    Revelation 22:21

    “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”

    NIV

    “Christ” is removed.

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  • The Holy Trinity:

    King James Version:

    Modern Version:

    Issue:

    “And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:”

    Luke 24:51

    “While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy,”

    RSV

    Removes the fact that they worshipped Jesus as he ascended back to heaven. Matthew 4:10 says that only God is to be worshipped, so it removes the reference to Jesus’ deity.

    “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”

    John 3:13

    “No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.”

    NASB

    Jesus said to Nicodemus that he was both physically on earth and in heaven, proving his deity and unity with the Father. However, modern versions remove this.

    “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:”

    Philippians 2:6

    “Though he was in the form of God, he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit.”

    CEB

    Instead of saying that Jesus is rightfully equal with God, modern versions only assert that Jesus did not want to exploit this.

    “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”

    1 John 3:16

    “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

    NIV

    The King James Bible says “God” and then “he” which we know is a reference to Jesus laying down his life for us, showing the deity of Christ as the verse calls him God. However, in the NIV, it removes God and just says “Jesus Christ laid down his life for us” which removes the link between Jesus and God.

    “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.”

    1 John 5:7-8

    “For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.”

    NASB

    Most modern Bibles remove the second half of verse 7, which clearly teaches the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

    “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

    Revelation 1:6

    “and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.”

    NIV

    This verse is referring to how Christ “washed us from our sins in his own blood” (verse 5), making us kings and priests “unto God and his Father”. This verse explicitly calls Jesus God and refers to God the Father as “his Father”, showing two persons of the Trinity. However, modern versions move “his” so the verse reads “his God and Father”. This now means that Christ has a God, and removes the title of God from him.

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  • Salvation/the Gospel:

    King James Version:

    Modern Version:

    Issue:

    “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

    Matthew 7:14

    “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

    NKJV

    Is the way to eternal life “narrow” or is it “difficult”?

    “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.”

    Matthew 9:13

    “Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.””

    NLT

    What is Jesus calling the sinners to do? Omits “repentance”.

    “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.”

    Matthew 18:11

    Omitted

    Why do modern Bibles omit Jesus’ reason for coming to earth?

    “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

    Matthew 26:28

    “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

    NIV

    Removes “new”, which is a reference to the prophecy of the new testament/covenant in Jeremiah 31:31.

    “When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

    Mark 2:17

    “When Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do. I didn’t come to call righteous people, but sinners.””

    CEB

    Removes “repentance”.

    “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.”

    Mark 10:21

    “And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.””

    ESV

    Removes the commandment for us to “take up the cross”.

    “And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!”

    Mark 10:24

    “The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!”

    NASB

    Removes “for them that trust in riches”, teaching that it is hard to be saved, and also removes the importance of not trusting in our own riches and works for salvation, but to put our trust in Jesus.

    “And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.”

    Mark 14:24

    “And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.””

    RSV

    Removes “new”.

    For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.”

    Luke 9:56

    “Then he and his disciples went to another village.”

    NIV

    The purpose of why Jesus came to earth is missing from the verse.

    “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”

    John 6:47

    “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.”

    NASB

    “on me” is removed, making it unclear what someone has to believe to be saved, whereas the King James Bible makes it clear that we have to believe on Jesus.

    “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.”

    Acts 8:37

    Omitted

    This verse clearly teaches what is required for salvation, shows the Ethiopian eunuch getting saved, and also teaches the doctrine that baptism is for after we are born again, not a means of being saved. Yet this verse is completely omitted from almost all modern Bibles.

    “Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:”

    Acts 15:19

    “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.”

    NIV

    It goes on to explain how the saved should act, which makes sense when we read that the instructions are to those “turned to God”. However, modern Bibles say “turning to God”, which makes it unclear that these works are not required for salvation, but rather aimed at those already saved.

    “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

    Romans 4:25

    “who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.”

    NKJV

    The King James Bible clearly teaches that Christ was raised from the dead so that we could be justified. However, the NKJV implies that our justification is what raised Christ, making this teaching unclear.

    “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

    Romans 10:15

    “And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!””

    NLT

    Removes “them that preach the gospel of peace”.

    “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”

    Romans 11:6

    “But if it is by grace, it isn’t by what’s done anymore. If it were, God’s grace wouldn’t be grace.”

    CEB

    The second half of the verse is missing where it says that if we try and work for our salvation, it is no longer of grace, so we cannot combine a works and grace based salvation.

    “And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.”

    Romans 15:29

    “I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.”

    CSB

    Removes “the gospel”.

    “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

    1 Corinthians 1:18

    “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are being destroyed. But it is the power of God for those of us who are being saved.”

    CEB

    When we are born again, are we “saved” or “being saved”?

    “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:”

    1 Corinthians 5:7

    “Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”

    NIV

    “for us” has been removed – why was Christ sacrificed? Who for?

    “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:”

    2 Corinthians 2:15

    “Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.”

    NLT

    “saved” or “being saved”?

    “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

    “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

    NIV

    God’s righteousness is given to us instantaneously, it is not a process. We are “made” the righteousness of God, not that we “might become” it.

    “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

    Ephesians 1:13

    “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,”

    NASB

    “Trusted” is removed and changed to “listening”. This is false, we do not get saved by hearing the gospel, we get saved by trusting in what we hear.

    “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”

    Colossians 1:14

    “He set us free through the Son and forgave our sins.”

    CEB

    How did Christ redeem us? Modern Bibles remove “his blood”, but Hebrews 9:22 tells us that blood has to be shed for our sin to be forgiven, so the King James Bible verse is more consistent with this teaching and also shows the importance of Christ’s blood being shed for us.

    “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:”

    Hebrews 1:3

    “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

    CSB

    Removes “by himself”.

    “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;”

    1 Peter 4:1

    “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,”

    ESV

    “for us” is removed.

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  • The word of God:

    King James Version:

    Modern Version:

    Issue:

    “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.”

    Psalm 12:6-7

    “And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times. You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked,”

    NIV

    “Pure” is changed to “flawless”, and the reference to God keeping and preserving his words (“Thou shalt keep THEM, O Lord, thou shalt preserve THEM”) is changed to make the promises about us (“you will keep the needy safe and will protect US”), which removes God’s promise to preserve his word from the corruption of man, which is essentially what modern versions of the Bible have done so it makes sense that they would remove this promise.

    “Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.”

    Jeremiah 23:30

    ““Therefore,” declares the Lord, “I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me.”

    NIV

    Are they God’s words or are they “supposedly” God’s words?

    “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”

    Luke 4:4

    “And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’””

    NASB

    Removes that we should live by “every word of God.”

    “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.”

    Luke 4:32

    “and they were astounded at His teaching because His message had authority.”

    TLV

    Changes “doctrine” to “teaching” and “word” to “message”.

    “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;”

    John 8:31

    “Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teaching.”

    CEB

    “continue in my word” or in Jesus’ “teaching”? Word includes the whole word of God, only Jesus’ teaching restricts it.

    “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

    Romans 10:17

    “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

    NIV

    “word of God” is changed to “word about Christ”, limiting the Bible.

    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

    2 Timothy 2:15

    Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”

    NASB

    “Study” is changed to “be diligent”. In other modern versions this is often changed to “do your best” (NIV), “make an effort” (CEB), “work hard” (TLB) and so on. First of all, if we are to correlate these, which conclusion should we come to about what is God’s intention, and also the King James Bible tells us to STUDY the word of God, modern versions only tell us to work hard or do our best, but in what? “Rightly dividing” is changed to “accurately handling”.

    “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

    1 Peter 1:23

    “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”

    NIV

    Is the word of God incorruptible (so preserved by God) or is it just imperishable? Also removes “for ever”.

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  • Hell/judgement:

    King James Version:

    Modern Version:

    Issue:

    “For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.”

    Deuteronomy 32:22

    “For a fire will be kindled by my wrath, one that burns down to the realm of the dead below. It will devour the earth and its harvests and set afire the foundations of the mountains.”

    NIV

    Changes “hell” to “realm of the dead”. Which gives a clearer image of hell and torment?

    “The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;”

    2 Samuel 22:6

    “the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.”

    ESV

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”. Is this more clear?

    “It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?”

    Job 11:8

    “They are high as the heavens, what can you do? Deeper than Sheol, what can you know?”

    NASB

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.”

    Job 26:6

    “The underworld is naked in God’s presence. The place of destruction is uncovered.”

    NLT

    “Hell” is changed to “The underworld”.

    “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

    Psalm 9:17

    “The wicked go down to the realm of the dead, all the nations that forget God.”

    NIV

    Changes “hell” to “realm of the dead”.

    “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”

    Psalm 16:10

    “For you will not abandon me to Sheol; you will not allow your faithful one to see decay.”

    CSB

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.”

    Psalm 18:5

    “the cords of Sheol entangled me, the snares of death confronted me.”

    RSV

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.”

    Psalm 55:15

    “Let death come suddenly upon them, Let them go down alive into Sheol; For wickedness is in their dwelling, in the midst of them.”

    ASV

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.”

    Psalm 86:13

    “For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.”

    NKJV

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.”

    Psalm 116:3

    “Death wrapped its ropes around me; the terrors of the grave overtook me. I saw only trouble and sorrow.”

    NLT

    Changes “hell” to “the grave”.

    “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”

    Psalm 139:8

    “If I went up to heaven, you would be there; if I lay down in the world of the dead, you would be there.”

    GNB

    Changes “hell” to “the world of the dead”.

    “Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.”

    Proverbs 5:5

    “Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol.”

    NASB

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”

    Proverbs 7:27

    “Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death.”

    AMP

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.”

    Proverbs 9:18

    “But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.”

    NIV

    Changes “hell” to “realm of the dead”.

    Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?”

    Proverbs 15:11

    Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord; how much more the hearts of the children of man!”

    ESV

    Changes “Hell” to “Sheol” and “destruction” to “Abaddon”.

    “The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.”

    Proverbs 15:24

    “The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below.”

    NASB

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.”

    Proverbs 23:14

    “Physical discipline may well save them from death.”

    NLT

    Changes “hell” to “death”.

    Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”

    Proverbs 27:20

    Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.”

    NIV

    Changes “hell” to “death”.

    “Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.”

    Isaiah 5:14

    “Therefore, the grave opens wide its jaws, opens its mouth beyond all bounds, and the splendid multitudes will go down, with all their uproar and cheering.”

    CEB

    Changes “hell” to “the grave”.

    Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.”

    Isaiah 14:9

    Sheol below is eager to greet your coming, stirring up the spirits of the departed for you— all the rulers of the earth— making all the kings of the nations rise from their thrones.”

    CSB

    Changes “Hell” to “Sheol”.

    “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
    Isaiah 14:15

    “But instead, you have been brought down to the deepest part of the world of the dead.”

    GNB

    Changes “hell” to “the world of the dead”.

    “Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:”

    Isaiah 28:15

    “Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, And with Sheol we have made a pact. The overwhelming scourge will not reach us when it passes by, For we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception.””

    NASB

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.”

    Isaiah 28:18

    “Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through, you will be beaten down by it.”

    ESV

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell.”

    Isaiah 57:9

    “You went to the king with oil and multiplied your perfumes; you sent your envoys far away and sent them down even to Sheol.”

    CSB

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.”

    Ezekiel 31:16

    “I made the nations quake at the sound of its fall when I made it go down to Sheol with those who go down to the pit; and all the well-watered trees of Eden, the choicest and best of Lebanon, were comforted in the earth beneath.”

    NASB

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen.”

    Ezekiel 31:17

    “They also shall go down to Sheol with it, to those who are slain by the sword; yea, those who dwelt under its shadow among the nations shall perish.”

    RSV

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.”

    Ezekiel 32:21

    “The mighty chieftains, those who once came to his aid, will speak to him from the middle of the underworld, for the uncircumcised have gone down and have lain down, slain by the sword.”

    CEB

    Changes “hell” to “the underworld”.

    “And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.”

    Ezekiel 32:27

    “But they do not lie with the fallen warriors of old, who went down to the realm of the dead with their weapons of war—their swords placed under their heads and their shields resting on their bones—though these warriors also had terrorized the land of the living.”

    NIV

    Changes “hell” to “realm of the dead”.

    “Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:”

    Amos 9:2

    “Even if they dig down to the place of the dead, I will reach down and pull them up. Even if they climb up into the heavens, I will bring them down.”

    NLT

    Changes “hell” to “the place of the dead”.

    “And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.”

    Jonah 2:2

    “and he said, “I called out of my distress to the Lord, And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice.”

    NASB

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:”

    Habakkuk 2:5

    “Indeed, because this wine betrays, a proud man never rests. He enlarges his desire like Sheol, Like death, he is never satisfied. So he gathers to himself all nations, and collects all peoples for himself.”

    TLB

    Changes “hell” to “Sheol”.

    “And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.”

    Matthew 11:23

    “And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.”

    NIV

    Changes “hell” to “Hades”.

    “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

    Matthew 16:18

    “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”

    NASB

    Changes “hell” to “Hades”.

    “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

    Mark 6:11

    “Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.””

    NIV

    Removes the second half of the verse which tells of the day of judgement.

    “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”

    Mark 9:44 and 46

    Omitted

    God repeats this verse throughout the passage purposefully, why is it removed twice?

    “And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:”

    Mark 9:45

    “If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one foot than to be thrown into hell with two feet.”

    NIV

    Removes “the fire that never shall be quenched” – the King James Bible here is describing hell, which modern Bibles remove.

    “And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.”

    Luke 10:15

    “And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead.”

    NLT

    Changes “hell” to “the place of the dead”.

    “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”

    Luke 16:23

    “And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side.”

    CSB

    Changes “hell” to “Hades”.

    “For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.”

    Luke 16:28

    “Let him warn my five brothers, so they won’t come to this horrible place.”

    CEV

    Changes “place of torment” to “horrible place”.

    “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

    John 3:15

    “that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

    NIV

    Removes “should not perish”.

    “Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”

    Acts 2:27

    “Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades, Nor allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.”

    NASB

    Changes “hell” to “Hades”.

    “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.”

    Acts 2:31

    “he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.”

    RSV

    Changes “hell” to “Hades”.

    “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”

    1 Corinthians 15:55

    “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”

    NKJV

    Changes “grave” to “Hades”.

    “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

    Revelation 1:18

    “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”

    NKJV

    Changes “hell” to “Hades”.

    “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

    Revelation 6:8

    “And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.”

    ESV

    Changes “Hell” to “Hades”.

    “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”

    Revelation 20:13

    “The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.”

    NKJV

    Changes “hell” to “Hades”.

    “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

    Revelation 20:14

    “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.”

    NIV

    Changes “hell” to “Hades”.

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  • Heaven/angels:

    King James Version:

    Modern Version:

    Issue:

    “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”

    Matthew 22:30

    “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like angels in heaven.”

    CSB

    Removes “of God” – are the angels in heaven those of God or those of the devil as well?

    “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:”

    Matthew 25:31

    “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.”

    NIV

    Removes “holy”.

    “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.”

    Luke 22:43

    Omitted

    Why is this verse removed?

    “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”

    John 3:13

    “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.”

    NIV

    Removes “which is in heaven.” This not only removes heaven from the verse, but also that Jesus said that while he was on earth he was in heaven at the same time, showing that he was both God and human at the same time.

    “For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.”

    John 5:4

    Omitted

    The story of John 5 makes little sense when this verse is removed. Why was it removed?

    “And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.”

    Acts 7:30

    “Forty years later, in the desert near Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning bush.”

    NLT

    Removes that it is an angel “of the Lord”, which distinguishes him from the other angels.

    “For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.”

    Hebrews 10:34

    “For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one.”

    NASB

    Removes “in heaven”.

    “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.”

    Revelation 16:17

    “The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!””

    ESV

    Removes “of heaven”.

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  • Prayer and fasting:

    King James Version:

    Modern Version:

    Issue:

    “David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.”

    2 Samuel 12:16

    “David begged him to spare the child and went without food, and lay all night before the Lord on the bare earth.”

    TLB

    Changes “fasted” to “went without food”.

    “And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live?”

    2 Samuel 12:22

    “David answered: While he was still alive, I went without food and cried because there was still hope. I said to myself, “Who knows? Maybe the Lord will have pity on me and let the child live.””

    CEV

    Changes “fasted” to “went without food”.

    “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.”

    2 Chronicles 20:3

    “Jehoshaphat was afraid and decided to call on the Lord. He made a special time of not eating in all Judah.”

    NLV

    Changes “fast” to “not eating”.

    “Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.”

    Ezra 8:21

    “Beside the Ahava River, I asked the people to go without eating and to pray. We humbled ourselves and asked God to bring us and our children safely to Jerusalem with all of our possessions.”

    CEV

    Changes “fast” to “go without eating”.

    “Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”

    Esther 4:16

    “Go, gather all the Jews who are in Susa and tell them to give up eating to help me be brave. They aren’t to eat or drink anything for three whole days, and I myself will do the same, along with my female servants. Then, even though it’s against the law, I will go to the king; and if I am to die, then die I will.”

    CEB

    Changes “fast” to “give up eating”.

    “But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.”

    Psalm 35:13

    “But when they were sick, I put on clothes made from hair. With no pride in my soul, I would not eat. And I prayed with my head on my chest.”

    NLV

    Changes “fasting” to “would not eat”.

    “When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.”

    Psalm 69:10

    “I cried and went without food, but they still insulted me.”

    CEV

    Changes “chastened my soul with fasting” to “went without food”.

    “So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.”

    Jonah 3:5

    “Then the people of Nineveh believed in God. They called for a time when no food was to be eaten. And all the people, from the greatest to the least, put on clothes made from hair.”

    NLV

    Changes “fast” to “a time when no food was to be eaten”.

    “Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.”

    Matthew 6:16

    “When you go without food so you can pray better, do not be as those who pretend to be someone they are not. They make themselves look sad so people will see they are going with out food. For sure, I tell you, they have all the reward they are going to get.”

    NLV

    Changes “fast” to “go without food” four times in this passage. Why remove fasting?

    “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

    Matthew 17:21

    Omitted

    Why remove this verse that shows the importance of prayer and fasting, particularly in bringing a devil out of someone?

    “And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”

    Mark 9:29

    “And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.””

    NASB

    Removes “fasting”.

    “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.”

    Mark 13:33

    “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.”

    NIV

    Removes the instruction to “pray”.

    “And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,”

    Acts 10:30

    “Cornelius replied, “Four days ago I was praying in my house about this same time, three o’clock in the afternoon. Suddenly, a man in dazzling clothes was standing in front of me.”

    NLT

    Removes “fasting”.

    “Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.”

    1 Corinthians 7:5

    “Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”

    ESV

    Removes “fasting”.

    “In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;”

    2 Corinthians 6:5

    “in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;”

    NIV

    Removes “fasting” and replaces with “hunger”.

    “In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.”

    2 Corinthians 11:27

    “I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.”

    NASB

    Removes “fasting” and replaces with “without food”.

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  • Crude language:

    King James Version:

    Modern Version:

    Issue:

    “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.”

    Genesis 4:1

    “Now Adam had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, “With the Lord’s help, I have produced a man!””

    NLT

    The King James Bible uses euphemistic language regarding marital relationships, for example, “Adam knew Eve his wife”, whereas modern Bibles use more explicit phrases such as “sexual relations”.

    “And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched but found not the images.”

    Genesis 31:35

    “She said to her father, “Don’t be angry, my lord, that I cannot stand up in your presence; I am having my period.” So Laban searched, but could not find the household idols.”

    CSB

    Changes “the custom of women” to “my period”.

    “Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.”

    Leviticus 18:19

    “Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.”

    NIV

    The NIV can present certain ideas to young children before it is necessary.

    “And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.”

    Leviticus 20:18

    “If a man sleeps with a woman during her menstrual period and has sexual contact with her, he has exposed the source of her blood flow and she has uncovered the same. Both of them will be cut off from their people.”

    CEB

    Is this how God would choose to convey these statements to us?

    “Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother’s nakedness?”

    1 Samuel 20:30

    “Saul exploded in anger at Jonathan: “You son of a slut! Don’t you think I know that you’re in cahoots with the son of Jesse, disgracing both you and your mother? For as long as the son of Jesse is walking around free on this earth, your future in this kingdom is at risk. Now go get him. Bring him here. From this moment, he’s as good as dead!””

    MSG

    Should the Bible use God’s perfect timeless language, or the language of the world?

    “And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.”

    1 Kings 18:27

    “About noontime, Elijah began mocking them. “You’ll have to shout louder than that,” he scoffed, “to catch the attention of your god! Perhaps he is talking to someone, or is out sitting on the toilet, or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened!””

    TLB

    Changes “pursuing” to “out sitting on the toilet”.

    “And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the Lord to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.”

    Isaiah 8:3

    “I then had sex with the prophetess, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Then the Lord said to me, “Name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz.”

    CEB

    God gives a clear description of certain ideas without being crude and keeps the language of the Bible pure.

    “Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.”

    Ezekiel 16:26

    “You engaged in prostitution with the Egyptians, your neighbors with large genitals, and aroused my anger with your increasing promiscuity.”

    NIV

    Changes “fornication” to “prostitution”, adds excessive explicit language, and changes “whoredoms” to “promiscuity”.

    “For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.”

    Ezekiel 23:20

    “She lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose semen was like that of horses.”

    GWT

    Can these Bibles honestly claim to be speaking the words of God?

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  • Godly living:

    King James Version:

    Modern Version:

    Issue:

    “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”

    Proverbs 26:22

    “The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body.”

    NKJV

    Are the words of a talebearer (gossip, rumours) “as wounds” or are they good (“tasty trifles”)?

    “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

    Romans 12:1

    “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

    ESV

    The King James Bible reads that presenting our bodies a living sacrifice to God is our “reasonable service” – the least we can do. Modern Bibles say that this is our “spiritual worship”, which makes this act seem particularly holy and spiritual, but it is just “reasonable” that we should do this.

    “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;”

    Ephesians 4:22

    “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;”

    NIV

    The old man is corrupt, which is why we have to put the old man off and walk in newness of life, modern Bibles say the old man is “being corrupted”, but it is not a continuous process, it stops once we are saved. Also “being corrupted” would assume that there is some goodness in the old man, but the Bible tells us the unsaved are in darkness (Ephesians 5:8) and there is nothing good in them.

    “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

    1 Thessalonians 5:22

    “Stay away from every kind of evil.”

    CSB

    The King James Bible tells us we should avoid even looking like we are doing something evil, modern Bibles only say that we should refrain from actual evil.

    “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

    2 Timothy 3:12

    “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

    NASB

    Should we live a godly life, or is it just important to “desire” to?

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  • Adultery, fornication and sodomy:

    King James Version:

    Modern Version:

    Issue:

    “Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.”

    Leviticus 19:29

    “Do not defile your daughter by making her sexually promiscuous or else the land will become promiscuous and full of shame.”

    CEB

    Changes “whore” to “sexually promiscuous”.

    “They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he is holy unto his God.”

    Leviticus 21:7

    “Don’t marry a divorced woman or a woman who has served as a temple prostitute. You are holy,”

    CEV

    Removes “whore” and changes to “divorced woman” and “temple prostitute”.

    “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.”

    Deuteronomy 23:17

    “None of the daughters of Israel shall be a cult prostitute, nor shall any of the sons of Israel be a cult prostitute.”

    NASB

    Changes “whore” to “cult prostitute” and removes “sodomite”.

    “And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.”

    1 Kings 14:24

    “There were also male cult prostitutes in the land. They committed all the repulsive acts of the nations which the Lord dispossessed before the Israelites.”

    AMP

    Changes “sodomites” to “male cult prostitutes”.

    “And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.”

    1 Kings 15:12

    “He executed the male prostitutes and removed all the idols his father had made.”

    TLB

    Changes “sodomites” to “male prostitutes”.

    “And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.”

    1 Kings 22:46

    “He rid the land of the rest of the male shrine prostitutes who remained there even after the reign of his father Asa.”

    NIV

    Changes “sodomites” to “male shrine prostitutes”.

    “And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the grove.”

    2 Kings 23:7

    “Then he tore down the ritual booths of the perverted persons that were in the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the wooden image.”

    NKJV

    Changes “sodomites” to “perverted persons”.

    “Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.”

    2 Chronicles 21:11

    “He even built pagan places of worship in the Judean highlands and led the people of Judah and Jerusalem to sin against the Lord.”

    GNB

    Removes “fornication”.

    “For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.”

    Proverbs 23:27

    “For a harlot is a deep pit, And a seductress is a narrow well.”

    NKJV

    Changes “whore” to “harlot” and “a strange woman” to “seductress”.

    “But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.”

    Ezekiel 16:15

    “But you trusted in your beauty and acted like a prostitute because of your fame. You lavished your sexual favors on everyone who passed by. Your beauty became his.”

    CSB

    Changes “fornications” to “sexual favours”.

    “Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter,”

    Ezekiel 16:20

    “You took your sons and your daughters whom you bore for Me, and sacrificed them to be eaten by them. Were your obscene practices not enough?”

    TLV

    Changes “whoredoms” to “obscene practices”.

    “Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.”

    Ezekiel 16:26

    “And you added lustful Egypt to your prostitutions by your alliance with her. My anger is great.”

    TLB

    Removes “fornication”.

    “Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied therewith.”

    Ezekiel 16:29

    “Then you increased your promiscuity to include Babylonia, a land of merchants, but even with this you were not satisfied.”

    NIV

    Changes “fornication” to “promiscuity”.

    “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.”

    Daniel 11:37

    “He shall give no heed to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women; he shall not give heed to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all.”

    RSV

    Will the antichrist have no “desire of women” (likely a sodomite), or will he give no heed “to the one beloved by women”? Who is “the one”?

    “But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.”

    Matthew 5:32

    “but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

    NASB

    Changes “fornication” to “unchastity”.

    “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:”

    Matthew 15:19

    “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.”

    ESV

    Changes “fornications” to “sexual immorality”. This is an unclear term that does not accurately convey the same meaning as fornication.

    “And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.”

    Matthew 19:9

    “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”

    NKJV

    Changes “fornication” to “sexual immorality”.

    “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,”

    Mark 7:21

    “It’s from the inside, from the human heart, that evil thoughts come: sexual sins, thefts, murders,”

    CEB

    Changes “fornications” to “sexual sins”.

    “Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.”

    John 8:41

    “No, you are imitating your real father.” They replied, “We aren’t illegitimate children! God himself is our true Father.””

    NLT

    Removes “fornication”.

    “But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”

    Acts 15:20

    “but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.”

    ESV

    Changes “fornication” to “sexual immorality”.

    “That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.”

    Acts 15:29

    “You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.”

    NIV

    Changes “fornication” to “sexual immorality”.

    “As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.”

    Acts 21:25

    “With regard to the Gentiles who have believed, we have written a letter containing our decision that they should keep themselves from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from what is strangled, and from sexual immorality.”

    CSB

    Changes “fornication” to “sexual immorality”.

    “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,”

    Romans 1:29

    “being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,”

    NASB

    Removes “fornication”.

    “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.”

    1 Corinthians 5:1

    “Someone has told me about a sex sin among you. It is so bad that even the people who do not know God would not do it. I have been told that one of the men is living with his father’s wife as if she were his wife.”

    NLV

    Changes “fornication” to “sex sin”.

    “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:”

    1 Corinthians 5:9

    “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people-”

    ESV

    “Fornicators” is changed to “sexually immoral people”, and also the King James Bible says we shouldn’t company with them at all, modern Bibles just say not to be associated with them.

    “Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.”

    1 Corinthians 5:10

    “But when I said that I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who live in sexual sin or are greedy cheats and thieves and idol worshipers. For you can’t live in this world without being with people like that.”

    TLB

    “Fornicators” is changed to “sexual sin”.

    “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”

    1 Corinthians 5:11

    “But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one.”

    NASB

    We should not even eat with fornicators, but modern Bibles only say “immoral person”.

    “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,”

    1 Corinthians 6:9

    “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men”

    NIV

    “Fornicators” is changed to “sexually immoral”.

    “Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.”

    1 Corinthians 6:13

    “Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, and yet God will do away with both. The body isn’t for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.”

    CEB

    Changes “fornication” to “sexual immorality”.

    “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”

    1 Corinthians 6:18

    “That is why I say to run from sex sin. No other sin affects the body as this one does. When you sin this sin it is against your own body.”

    TLB

    “Fornicators” is changed to “sex sin”.

    “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”

    1 Corinthians 7:2

    “But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.”

    NASB

    “Fornication” is changed to “immoralities”.

    “Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.”

    1 Corinthians 10:8

    “We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.”

    ESV

    “Fornication” is changed to “sexual immorality”.

    “And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.”

    2 Corinthians 12:21

    “I am afraid God will make me ashamed when I visit you again. I will feel like crying because many of you have never given up your old sins. You are still doing things that are immoral, indecent, and shameful.”

    CEV

    Paul said the Corinthians needed to repent of their “uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness”, modern Bibles says “things that are immoral, indecent, and shameful.”

    “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,”

    Galatians 5:19

    “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;”

    NIV

    Adultery and fornication are called “sexual immorality”.

    “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;”

    Ephesians 5:3

    “But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints.”

    CSB

    “Fornication” changed to “sexual immorality”.

    “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”

    Ephesians 5:5

    “You can be sure of this: The Kingdom of Christ and of God will never belong to anyone who is impure or greedy, for a greedy person is really an idol worshiper—he loves and worships the good things of this life more than God.”

    TLB

    Removes “whoremonger”.

    Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:”

    Colossians 3:5

    “Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.”

    NASB

    Changes “fornication” to “immorality”, and also the King James Bible says to “Mortify therefore your members”, modern Bibles only say to “consider… as dead”.

    “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:”

    1 Thessalonians 4:3

    “God wants you to be holy, so don’t be immoral in matters of sex.”

    CEV

    Changes “fornication” to being “immoral in matters of sex”.

    “For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;”

    1 Timothy 1:10

    “and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,”

    NASB

    Changes “whoremongers” to “immoral men” and also removes that sodomy defiles.

    “Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.”

    Hebrews 12:16

    “None of you should fall into sex sins or forget God like Esau did. He had a right to get all Isaac had because he was the oldest son. But for one plate of food he sold this right to his brother.”

    NLV

    Changes “fornicator” to “sex sins”.

    “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

    Hebrews 13:4

    “Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.”

    NLT

    Changes “whoremongers” to “immoral”.

    “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

    Jude 7

    “And don’t forget the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, all full of lust of every kind, including lust of men for other men. Those cities were destroyed by fire and continue to be a warning to us that there is a hell in which sinners are punished.”

    TLB

    Changes “fornication” to “lust of every kind”.

    “But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.”

    Revelation 2:14

    “But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.”

    NKJV

    Changes “fornication” to “sexual immorality”.

    “Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.”

    Revelation 2:20

    “Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.”

    NIV

    Changes “fornication” to “sexual immorality”.

    “And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.”

    Revelation 2:21

    “I gave her time to change her mind and attitude, but she refused.”

    TLB

    Removes “fornication”.

    “Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”

    Revelation 9:21

    “They did not turn away from committing murder, practicing witchcraft, sinning sexually, or stealing.”

    GWT

    Changes “fornication” to “sinning sexually”.

    “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

    Revelation 14:8

    “Then another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her immorality [corrupting them with idolatry].””

    AMP

    Changes “fornication” to “immorality”.

    “With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

    Revelation 17:2

    “The kings of the world have had immoral relations with her, and the people of the earth have been made drunk by the wine of her immorality.”

    TLB

    Changes “fornication” to “immoral relations” and “immorality”.

    “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:”

    Revelation 17:4

    “The woman wore purple and scarlet clothing and beautiful jewelry made of gold and precious gems and pearls. In her hand she held a gold goblet full of obscenities and the impurities of her immorality.”

    NLT

    Changes “fornication” to “immorality”.

    “And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”

    Revelation 17:15

    “And the angel said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages.”

    ESV

    Changes “whore” to “prostitute”.

    “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”

    Revelation 18:3

    “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”

    NASB

    Changes “fornication” to “immorality”.

    “And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,”

    Revelation 18:9

    “The kings of the earth who have committed sexual immorality and shared her sensual and excessive ways will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke from her burning.”

    CSB

    Changes “fornication” to “sexual immorality”.

    “For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.”

    Revelation 19:2

    “His judgments are true and just. He has punished the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality. He has avenged the murder of his servants.”

    NLT

    Changes “fornication” to “immorality” and “whore” to “prostitute”.

    “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”

    Revelation 22:15

    “But outside the city are the perverts and those who practice magic, the immoral and the murderers, those who worship idols and those who are liars both in words and deeds.”

    GNB

    Changes “whoremongers” to “immoral”.

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  • Early Church:

    King James Version:

    Modern Version:

    Issue:

    “Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.”

    Acts 15:34

    Omitted

    Why is this verse removed?

    “Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.”

    Acts 17:22

    “Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.””

    NIV

    Here, Paul is criticising the people of Athens for having an altar saying “TO THE UNKNOWN GOD” due to their superstition but not knowing God, but modern Bibles seem to say that he is commending them for their effort by calling them “very religious”.

    “But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,”

    Acts 24:7

    Omitted

    Why is this verse removed?

    “And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.”

    Acts 28:16

    “When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.”

    NIV

    Why remove the explanation of what happened to the prisoners?

    “And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.”

    Acts 28:29

    Omitted

    Why is this verse removed?

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  • Prophecy:

    King James Version:

    Modern Version:

    Issue:

    “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

    Isaiah 7:14

    “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

    RSV

    The meaning of a virgin is clear, however this is not necessarily conveyed by “a young woman”. Why should we let prophecy of the virgin birth of Christ be unclear?

    “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

    Micah 5:2

    “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.

    NIV

    In this prophecy of Jesus, is Jesus “from everlasting”, or only “from ancient times”? Why does it say he had an origin?

    “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”

    Zechariah 13:6

    “And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’”

    NKJV

    This is clearly a prophecy that Jesus would be pierced through his hands during his crucifixion (Psalm 22:16, Luke 24:40, John 20:24-28), but what is the NKJV referring to when it says, “the wounds between your arms”?

    “And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.”

    Mark 15:28

    Omitted

    Why is this verse showing fulfilment of prophecy omitted?

    “And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.”

    Luke 24:40

    Omitted

    Why is this verse showing fulfilment of prophecy (Psalm 22:16, Zechariah 13:6) removed?

    “Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;”

    Acts 2:30

    “And so, because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants on his throne,”

    NASB

    The verse is describing the prophecy that Christ would come from David’s line. However, modern Bibles remove “Christ” and also removes the reference to his resurrection.

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  • Catholicism:

    King James Version:

    Modern Version:

    Issue:

    “And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.”

    Matthew 1:25

    “but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.”

    NASB

    The King James Bible makes it clear that Mary went on to have other children after Jesus by saying Jesus was her “firstborn”. Modern Bibles align with the Catholic teaching of Mary being a perpetual virgin by making it unclear.

    “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”

    Matthew 6:7

    “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.”

    NIV

    The Bible rebukes “vain repetitions” but says that we should pray from the heart (James 5:16). The NIV is less clear and just says “babbling”. Modern Bibles align with the Catholic teaching of repetitive prayer, the rosary and prayers such as ‘hail Mary’s’.

    “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”

    Luke 1:28

    “And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!””

    ESV

    Removes that Mary is blessed “among women”, and so cannot be above them. Modern Bibles align with the Catholic teaching of elevating Mary.

    “And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.”

    John 1:42

    “He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).”

    NASB

    When Jesus said “upon this rock I will build my church” in Matthew 16:18, he was not referring to building the Catholic church on Peter. The NASB removes the interpretation of Peter’s name meaning “A stone”, so this verse can no longer be used to show that Peter was not the rock. Modern Bibles align with the Catholic teaching that Peter was the first Pope.

    “That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.”

    Romans 15:16

    “to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”

    NIV

    Changes “ministering” to “priestly duty”. Modern Bibles align with the Catholic teaching elevating the priesthood system.

    “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.”

    1 Corinthians 7:1

    “Now, to deal with the matters you wrote about. A man does well not to marry.”

    GNB

    The King James Bible teaches that it is good if a man can refrain from touching a woman, but goes on to say in the next verse that to avoid fornication we should marry, and Hebrews 13:4 says that marriage is honourable in all. However, modern Bibles contradict this by saying that it is good for a man not to marry. Modern Bibles align with the Catholic teaching of celibacy.

    “But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof:”

    1 Corinthians 10:28

    “But if someone says to you, “This is food from a sacrifice,” do not eat it, out of consideration for the one who told you, and for the sake of conscience.”

    CSB

    Removes “idols”. Modern Bibles align with the Catholic teaching of idol worship.

    “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

    James 5:16

    “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

    NIV

    Changes “faults” to “sins”. We do not need to confess our sins to each other, because man has no power to forgive sins. Modern Bibles align with the Catholic teaching of confessing sins to a priest.

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  • See the links below for more information:

    https://www.biblebelievers.org.au/docchang.htm

    http://www.chick.com/information/bibleversions/

    http://www.1611kingjamesbible.com/altered_verses.html/

    http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/BTP/Dr_Douglas_Stauffer/one_book-02.htm

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