ESV is examined against the Majority Text KJV

 

English Standard Version (ESV) is examined against the Majority Text, King James Version (KJV)

By Mark Andrew

The translation philosophy of English Standard Version (ESV) claimed to be an “essentially literal” model that emphasizes on “formal equivalence” (or “word-for-word” translation) at the same time taking into account of the current literary English maintaining "clarity of expression and literary excellence" and "transparent to the original text". It claimed to refrain from “dynamic equivalence” (or “thought-for-thought” translation) which is inclined to reflect the interpretive opinions of the translator and the influences of contemporary culture. ESV reportedly aimed to capture the "echoes and overtones of meaning that are so abundantly present in the original texts".

By the own words of the ESV Translation Team, they showed great respect for the King James Version (KJV) and deep gratitude to its translators for their work. The translators of the KJV understood the value of the English translation work that had been done before their time, and they wisely referred to the earliest English Bible translations, dating back to William Tyndale’s 1526 New Testament, in addition to the manuscripts in their original Greek language such as Textus Receptus (Majority text). The literary beauty of KJV helped to shape the English language more than any other printed work ever since 1611. Several editions and not translations were made to KJV. Young and old studied it and committed its verses to memory. The superiority of KJV is discussed in details by some Bible scholars and uphold by many as the first ENGLISH Bible with perfect translation and as preserved words of GOD for many generations to come. It is still among the top-selling Bibles in the World.

ESV Translation claimed to endeavour "to carry on the  KJV's historic translation legacy in a way that is fresh and compelling for today and that will endure for generations to come". Although ESV Translation boasts of the literal translation and modern literary English, we have to research on the sources of the manuscripts which it is based upon. The ESV Translation claimed that "the words and phrases themselves grow out of the Tyndale-King James legacy, and most recently out of the RSV, with the 1971 RSV text providing the starting point for our work". ESV further claimed to be based on the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible as found in Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (2nd ed., 1983), and on the Greek text in the 1993 editions of the Greek New Testament published by the United Bible Societies (UBS), and Novum Testamentum Graece edited by Nestle and Aland. Let us see as whether or not these manuscripts truly match with the majority text Textus Receptus. Figures following the Bible versions named below indicate the number of Scripture portions changed form the reading of the Textus Receptus out of 162 references.

Revised Standard Version (RSV)  -   158 out of 162
Nestle's Greek Text                   -   155 out of 162
Westcott & Hort Greek               -   151 out of 162
Tischendorf's New Testament      -   150 out of 162
Williams' New Testament           -   149 out of 162
American Standard Version         -   135 out of 162
Textus Receptus Greek N.T.        -      0 out of 162
King James New Testament        -      0 out of 162

As far as I am concerned there are only two lines of Bibles: one coming from Antioch the capital of Syria (known as the Syrian or Byzantine type text), and one coming from Alexandria, Egypt (known as the Egyptian or Hesycnian type text). Antioch is where the early believers were first called Christians (Acts 11:26) and within a few years the Syrian believers could be numbered by the thousands. Their Bible, the Peshitta, even today generally follows the Received Text (Textus Receptus). This is another proof that the foundation for the King James Bible which was based on Textus Receptus, is older and more reliable than the Codex Vaticanus. The Syrian text from Antioch is the Majority text while the Egyptian text is the minority text from which the new perversions arise.

When modern translators "correct" the King James Bible with "more authoritative manuscripts" or "older manuscripts," or "the best authorities", they are usually making some reference to the Greek manuscripts of Sinaiticus or Codex Vaticanus from Minority text. These two are very corrupt fourth century uncials (writings) primarily relied by 2 British Scholars Westcott and Hort for re-constructing their Greek text (1851-1871) on which the new Bible versions are based upon. The Greek text of Westcott and Hort reportedly changed the reading of the Textus Receptus in 5,337 places. 

For this study, the King James Version (KJV) New Testament will be used, since KJV is based upon the Majority Text, and all Bibles that use the Majority Text are relevant to these readings. The KJV will be compared to the English Standard Version (ESV) New Testament, since the ESV is based upon the Minority Text (GreeK Text 1993 Editions), and almost all Bibles published since 1898 are relevant to these readings (such as NIV, NASB) because they are based upon these same corrupted manuscripts.

This chart will compare the difference between the Minority Text, ESV which are based upon mainly 2 corrupt New Testament manuscripts namely Codex Vaticanus (B) and Siniaticus (Aleph) and the Majority Text, KJV which are based upon over 5,000 New Testament manuscripts. There are some 40 simple checks to spot if the Bible version is one of Satan’s counterfeits. If any Bible version fails any one of the following tests – it is one of Satan’s counterfeits. 

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King James Version (KJV)

English Standard Version (ESV)

Comments

1.

Matthew 20:20, Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.

 

Matthew 20:20, Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. Many counterfeits remove the words "worshipping him" and rob worship from the Lord Jesus Christ. Some will replace "worshipping him" with "kneeling down" or "kneeling before", but just simply "kneeling" is not equal to worship. ESV is guilty until proven innocent

 

2.

Matthew 26:28, For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:28,for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

(Footnotes: Some manuscripts insert new)

Many counterfeits replace the phrase "new testament" with the generic phrase "new agreement" or "new covenant". This is an obvious attack on the written Word of God. It’s interesting, even though the counterfeits remove the phrase "new testament", they do not title their New Testaments in the Bible as "New Agreement" or "New Covenant". Why? The counterfeiters know they could not sell their counterfeit bearing the title "New Agreement" or "New Covenant" on the cover, so like any good counterfeiter, they disguise it. 

 

3.

Mark 3:29, But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Mark 3:29, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin" The counterfeits change the serious consequences of blaspheme against the Holy Ghost from "eternal damnation" to "eternal sin" or "eternal condemnation".

 

4.

Luke 16:23, 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 in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. Rather than translate "haides" to the word "hell", the counterfeit will transliterate the Greek word "haides" into the English "hades". By this trick the counterfeit attempts to extinguish the flames of hell. Hades is not "hell". Hell is flames, torments, weeping and wailing, complete darkness – forever. Hades is a new-age place of purification, or a fantasy place in Greek mythology.

 

5.

John 4:24, God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  John 4:24, God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." Many counterfeits change "God is a spirit" to "God is spirit". By removing the critical article "a", the counterfeits teach an impersonal, formless, esoteric, new-age "spirit god".

 

6.

John 14:16, And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  John 14:16, And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,

(Footnotes: Or Advocate, or Counselor; also 14:26; 15:26; 16:7)

Many counterfeits change the Holy Spirit from a loving, concerned "Comforter" to simply another "Helper, Counselor, or Advocate". Is the word "Comforter" an archaic word needing change?

 

7.

Acts 2:47, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved Acts 2:47, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Many counterfeits change the completed act of "saved" to the working, in progress "being saved". With this change, the counterfeits deny the complete and finished salvation in the blood of Jesus Christ to a progressive, salvation by works. You are no longer "saved" but in the process of "being saved". See also in 1 Corinthian 1:18 and 2 Corinthians 2:15.

 

8.

Acts 17:29, Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. 

 

Acts 17:29, Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The counterfeits change "Godhead" to the new age doctrine of "Divine Nature" or "Divine Being". This choice of word is no better in theological meaning.

9.

Romans 6:22, But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  Romans 6:22, But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. Many counterfeits demote Christians from the voluntary, loving "servants to God" to cruel "enslaved" or "slaves of God". The counterfeits describe my Father as a "slave owner" and His precious children as "slaves". Oh how contrary and wicked to the character of my loving and wonderful Heavenly Father! This is done many times in the counterfeits. It's amazing because the first part of Romans 6:22 reads ". . . being made free from sin,. . ." and according to the counterfeits we now are slaves of God!

 

10.

1 Timothy 6:10, For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows 1 Timothy 6:10, For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. The counterfeits add the words "kinds of". This addition dilutes the conclusive statement, ". . .the love of money is the root of all evil" to the subjective ". . .the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil". Is "pangs" more accurate translation than familiar word "sorrows"?

 

11.

Revelation 1:5, And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,  Revelation 1:5, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood Many counterfeits change the wonderful words "washed us from our sins in his own blood," to "loosed" or "freed" us from our sins. Revelation 1:5 is the only verse in the Bible that says you are washed in the blood – and the counterfeits destroy it. What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 

12.

1 John 4:3, " 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,"

1 John 4:3, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

 

As the counterfeit does not confess in this verse that "Jesus Christ is come in the flesh" it must be the spirit of the antichrist. The word "Christ" is also omitted.

13.

Philippians 2:6, "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery {means unlawful} to be equal with God:" Philippians 2:6, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped Counterfeit contradicts John 10:30, "I and my Father are one." Jesus claimed to be equal with God and not "did not count equality with God".

 

14.

Matthew 9:13, "for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Matthew 9:13, "Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."

Counterfeit deletes the purpose behind the calling for sinners! Call sinners for what?

15.

Mark 2:17, " I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Mark 2:17, "And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."

Call sinners for what purpose? Repentance is the key for salvation. 

16.

John 6:47, "...He that believeth on me hath everlasting life." John 6:47, "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life." Believe on whom? Believe that Jesus is the Son of God is the key to eternal life.

 

17.

Revelation 22:14, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:14, "Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates."

 

This is an obvious contrary to the original meaning. Christians have to obey God's Commandments and not just wash their robes!

18.

Galatians 5:12, "I would they were even cut off which trouble you." Galatians 5:12, "I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!" In the Majority Text, Paul says that the legalistic trouble makers should be cut off. This is an easy phrase for any non-scholar to understand, it means that they should be disassociated or separated from believers until they change their minds. Counterfeit has Paul cursing the legalists and wishing they would cut off their male role. Is this a Christ-like example?

 

19.

Mark 9:29, "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 be driven out by anything but prayer." {Fasting insert at footnote} The emphasis on fasting is crucial as many believers share about this truth when conducting deliverance of unclean spirits

 

20.

Matthew 6:13, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

 

Matthew 6:13, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." {Text insert at the footnote} Counterfeit has a strange aversion to God's Kingdom. It is God's dominion, power and glory forever.

21.

Luke 11: 2, "And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, 'Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Luke 11: 2, "And he said to them, "When you pray, say: "Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. " {Text omitted}
Counterfeit also has a strange aversion to "heaven". Notice how the references to heaven have been removed in the following verses.

 

 

22.

Hebrews 10:34, "...knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance." Hebrews 10:34, "... knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one." Have better a possession located where? The strength of the biblical truth about "heaven" should not be omitted

 

23.

Revelation 16:17, "...and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven..." Revelation 16:17, "...and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, "It is done!" From the temple of where?

 

 

24.

1 John 5:7-8, "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 these three agree.

 

The modern versions and textual criticism have a heyday with this verse. They believe this verse is "not found in any Greek manuscript before the sixteenth century", yet this verse is found in "The old Syriac A.D. 170, old Latin A.D. 200, Vulgate: 4th and 5th century, Italian 4th and 5th century". Also many church fathers quoted this and it is found in "Liber Apologetic A.D. 350, Council of Carthiage A.D. 415."

 

25.

Mark 10:24, "...Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!" Mark 10:24, "Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God!" (footnote insert "for those who trust in riches"} We cannot have it both ways. It is either hard for those who trust riches to enter the kingdom of God, or it is difficult for everyone to enter the kingdom of God.

 

26.

Luke 4:4, "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 by bread alone.'" -This is not a problem of "dynamic equivalence" to omit the words "But by every word of God"

 

27.

Revelation 2:15, "So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate." Revelation 2:15, "So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans." The omission of the words "which thing I hate" is not a matter of modern literary English?

 

28.

Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Insert at footnote: who walk not according to the flesh (but according to the Spirit) ) 

 

Many readers do not bother about footnotes which are not in the primary passage

29.

Matthew 19:17, "...Why callest thou me good?..." Matthew 19:17, "Why do you ask me about what is good? ..."

 

Anyone can differentiate between "you call me good?" with "you ask me about what is good?"

 

30.

Matthew 25:13, "...Ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." Matthew 25:13, "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. " Omission of "wherein the Son of man comes"

 

 

31.

John 8:9, "And when they heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out…" John 8:9, "But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones..." Omission of "being convicted by their own conscience".

 

 

32.

1 Timothy 3:16, "...God was manifest in the flesh..." 1 Timothy 3:16, "...He was manifested in the flesh..." (footnote inserts "who; God; which") The footnote is uncertain which words should be used thereby casting doubts on the readers-

 

33.

Colossians 1:14, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:" Colossians 1:14, "in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." The omission of "Christ's blood" is a serious blow to the doctrine on the atonement by the Blood of Lord Jesus Christ

 

34.

1 Peter 1:22, "Ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit…" 1 Peter 1:22, "Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love..." The omission of "through the Spirit" means the work of the Holy Spirit is ignored

 

35.

Revelation 21:24, "And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it..." Revelation 21:24, "By its light will the nations walk,..." Salvation of the nations is a pre-requisite to walk in the light of it

 

36.

1 Corinthians 1:21, For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  1 Corinthians 1:21, For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. Counterfeits change ". . .the foolishness of preaching. . ." to the "foolishness of what was preached" or "foolishness of the message preached". The deceitful counterfeits change the object of "foolishness" from the act of "preaching" to the "message" of preaching – the gospel of the Lord Jesus. There’s nothing "foolish" about the "message" of Jesus Christ – it’s the greatest and most reasonable message in the history of the universe!

 

37.

1 Corinthians 6:9, 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, Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

(Footnote: Or wrongdoers; passive and active partners in consensual homosexual acts)

 

The counterfeits change the word "effeminate" to "homosexuality" or "male prostitutes". This dilutes the serious warning of just the appearance or mannerism (effeminate) to the sexual act of homosexuals.

 

38.

2 Corinthians 10:5, Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  2 Corinthians 10:5, We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, The counterfeits change "imaginations" to "arguments" or "obstacles" or "speculations". This change lines the counterfeit up with the new age religion, as the new age is built upon "imaging" and "imaginations".

 

39.

1 Thessalonians 5:22, Abstain from all appearance of evil.  1 Thessalonians 5:22,  Abstain from every form of evil. The counterfeits change "all appearance of evil" to "every form (or kind) of evil". When there is appearance of evil, we have to abstain from it and not just the act of every form of evil.

 

40.

No Contradiction

Matthew 26:29, "But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."

Matthew 27:48, "And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink."

 

Contradiction

Matthew 26:29, " I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."

Matthew 27:48, "And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink"

 

Clearly, if Jesus took wine, sour or otherwise, and drank it on the cross, we have a contradiction that would make Jesus out to be a liar. The Greek word used for "fruit of the vine" at the Last Supper and the Greek word used for "wine vinegar" ("sour wine" in some English translations) is not the same Greek word. What Jesus tasted on the cross was water mixed with vinegar, a common drink among the Roman soldiers. This vinegar did not necessarily come from grapes; it could be made from figs, palms, fermented grain extract, etc. Therefore, Jesus did not lie, and the Greek language bears this out. However, the great majority of English Bible translations including such popular ones as the ESV, NIV, NASB, NKJV, and the Amplified have Jesus contradict Himself.

 

 

23 Entire Passages in Footnotes!

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KJV

Translated from the Ben Chayyim Masoretic Text

ESV

Translated from Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia Masoretic text

Comments

1.

Acts 8:37, "And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." Removed to the footnotes Acts 8:37 teaches one must first "believe" before one can be baptized. It stops him from getting saved. A footnote insinuates to question the authenticity of the verse and plant a seed of doubt. Sound familiar? "Yea, hath God said. . .?"

 

2.

Mark 11:26, "But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." Removed to the footnotes Nobody will receive forgiveness from God if they don't forgive others. Why does the Minority Text hide this fact?

 

3.

Matthew 18:11, "For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost." Removed to the footnotes The purpose of the coming for Son of man is to save sinners

 

4.

Mark 15:28, "And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors." Removed to the footnotes How can the fulfilment of prophecy be omitted? Isaiah 53:12 "...and he was numbered with the transgressors..."

 

5.

Acts 23:9, "...let us not fight against God." Omitted (the phrase) -

 

6.

Romans 13:9, "...Thou shalt not bear false witness...." Omitted (the phrase) One must not give false testimony or telling lie. So ESV is not sincere or what?

 

7.

Luke 17:36, "Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left." Removed to the footnotes This verse is an indication of "rapture"

 

 

8.

Luke 4:8, "...Get thee behind me, Satan..." Omitted (the phrase) The work of Satan is to hinder God's plan. It is a reality which unbelievers cannot accept. Here the Lord Jesus Christ openly rebukes Satan – but ESV does not rebuke Satan.

 

9.

1 Timothy 6:5, "...from such withdraw thyself." Omitted (the phrase) It teaches to withdraw from oneself from such perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds

 

10.

Matthew 17:21, "Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." Removed to the footnotes Jesus said "prayer and fasting" are important for fortifying faith. The Minority Text obviously does not agree with Jesus, for they delete this teaching and insert at its footnotes

 

11.

Matthew 23:14, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation."

 

Removed to the footnotes -

12.

Mark 7:16, "If any man have ears to hear, let him hear."

 

Removed to the footnotes -

13.

Mark 9:44, "Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched."

 

Removed to the footnotes (identical to verse 48) Hell is a reality where their worm dies not and fire is not quenched

14.

Mark 9:46, "Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched."

 

Removed to the footnotes (identical to verse 48) -

15.

Luke 23:17, "(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast)"

 

Removed to the footnotes -

16.

John 5:4, "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."

 

Removed to the footnotes -

17.

Acts 15:34, "Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still."

 

Removed to the footnotes -

18.

Acts 24:7, "But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,"

 

Removed to the footnotes -

19.

Acts 28:29, "And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves."

 

Removed to the footnotes -

20.

Romans 16:24, "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."

 

Removed to the footnotes -

21.

Matthew 12:47, "Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee."

 

Removed to the footnotes -

22.

Mark 16:9-20 (all 12 verses), "Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen."

 

There is a line separating the last 12 verses of Mark from the main text. Right under the line it says: [Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9-20.] This creates doubt to the readers

23.

John 7:53-8:11 (all 12 verses) "And every man went unto his own house. Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." There is a line separating the last 12 verses of Mark from the main text. Right under the line it says: [The earliest manuscripts do not include John 7:53-8:11] -
 

 

Some words omitted or altered in the Modern Bibles

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Comments

1.

Genesis 1:29, And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. Genesis 1:29, And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. The word "meat" is altered to "food" since there is no real flesh in the verse, only plant life. This will destroy the cross reference to the "meat offering" of Leviticus 2, which is really a GRAIN offering. The Bible has it's own built-in dictionary for cohesion.

 

2.

Leviticus 2:1,And when any will offer a meat offering unto the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon: Leviticus 2:1, "When anyone brings a grain offering as an offering to the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour. He shall pour oil on it and put frankincense on it If the word "meat" is an old English for "food", then ESV should use "food" and not "grain" to be consistent with Genesis 1:29

 

3.

Matthew 1:25, And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. Matthew 1:25, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. The word "firstborn" is altered to "a" tends to support the belief that Mary had no other children after Jesus and remained a perpetual virgin. 

The Bible is clear that Mary birthed at least 6 other children.

"Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? AND HIS BRETHREN, James, Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And HIS SISTERS, are they not all with us? (Matt. 13:55-56)

"Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the BROTHER of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not HIS SISTERS here with us? And they were offended at him." (Mark 6:3)

"But other of the apostles saw I none, save James THE LORD'S BROTHER." (Gal. 1:19)

 

4.

Luke 2:33, And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. Luke 2:33, And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. An attack on the virgin birth by replacing "Joseph" with "father".

 

5.

Luke 23:42, 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." Here's a sinner being saved by calling upon the name of the Lord Jesus, which is in perfect agreement with Romans 10:13. Omitting the divine title "Lord" is short of acknowledging Jesus as "Lord". "...and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." (1 Cor. 12:3)

 

6.

John 1:14, And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14, And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Omit the word "begotten", just like in John 1:18 "only begotten Son", John 3:16 "only begotten Son", and John 3:18 "only begotten Son of God". Lord Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and not created by God.

 

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Acts 1:3, To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: Acts 1:3, To them he presented himself alive after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. The words "infallible proofs" mean "solid evidences" that Lord Jesus showed Himself alive after His crucifixion, for a period of 40 days and speaking of things about the kingdom of God. The word "infallible" should not be omitted as it makes its meaning clearer to the whole verse. Any critics have to think twice to grasp this profound truth.

 

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Acts 4:27, For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, Acts 4:27, for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, Jesus was the holy child of God. He was not "servant" of the people but a Savior of the world. Why demote Him to "servant"? Although Lord Jesus said "For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45), it shows His true humility and as a Savior and not as a "servant".

 

9.

Romans 1:29, Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Romans 1:29, They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit,maliciousness. They are gossips, Why throw out "fornication"? Is that the early scholars not agreeing with Bible condemning fornication - "voluntary sexual relationship between unmarried persons", delete it from the manuscripts?

 

10.

Romans 10:17, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17, So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. The word "God" is altered to "Christ". This teaches that faith comes by hearing the word of Lord Jesus alone and not by feeding on every word of God (Luke 4:4).

 

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Colossians 1:14, In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Colossians 1:14, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Why throw out "the blood" for the redemption? "... and without shedding of blood is no remission." (Romans 9:22)

 

12.

2 Timothy 2:15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15, Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

 

This is the only command in the Bible to "study" the word of God. The emphasis is on studying God's word and the ability to rightly dividing the word of truth. Lies of Satan abound and creeps into the church so studying God's word will keep Satan's lies away.

 

13.

Revelation 11:15, And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. Revelation 11:15, Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever."

 

Change the many "kingdoms" that Jesus Christ will receive to one singular "kingdom". Is this a matter of formal equivalence?

14.

Revelation 11:17, Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

 

Revelation 11:17, saying, "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,who is and who was,for you have taken your great power and begun to reign. The Second Coming of Christ is ignored by omitting the words "art to come". The future second coming of Lord Jesus is very important to born-again Christians

 

Some Corruptions in the Old Testament in Modern Bibles

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KJV

Translated from the Ben Chayyim Masoretic Text 

ESV

Translated from Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia Masoretic Text 

Comments

1.

Genesis 22:8, And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. Genesis 22:8, Abraham said, "God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they went both of them together. Alter ". . . My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:. . ." to distort the prophesy that God would become the Lamb. The counterfeits read as, "God will provide for Himself the lamb. . ." or "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering". The fulfillment of Genesis 22:8 is found in John 1:29 "...Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."

 

2.

Isaiah 14:12, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!" Isaiah 14:12, "How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!"
If we look at the ESV, we will never know anything about Lucifer, because this term does not appear on its pages. The ESV changes Lucifer's name to "Day Star" (or "Morning Star"). But this is one of the blessed titles given to our Lord Christ Jesus!

 

  *2 Peter 1:19 "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:" *2 Peter 1:19, "And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,"

 

In defining just who this morning star is, we need to look at several references in both the ESV and the KJB.
  *Revelation 22:16, "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star." *Revelation 22:16, "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star." Both the ESV and the KJV identify the morning star as being Jesus. If a person is to accept the ESV as the Word of God, then he or she must also accept that it was Jesus who was cast down from heaven to the earth in the event described in Isaiah 14:12.
Footnote: *New Testament manuscripts are based on Greek Text

 

3.

Hosea 11:12, "...but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints." Hosea 11:12, "...,but Judah still walks with God and is faithful to the Holy One. Is this a matter of dynamic equivalence?

"rules with" becomes "walks with" and "saints" becomes "the Holy One". Only God is the Holy One.

 

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Daniel 3:25, "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 answered and said, "But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods." Why Jesus becomes a son of the {many} gods? Verily, He is the Son of God.

 

When it says something in the footnotes, not many readers bother to look at the footnotes after every verse. Even if you did that (which you often do not) the footnotes say that the "best manuscripts" or "earliest manuscripts" do not have the verse -- will you then agree with them that the verse should not be inserted? If not, then why are you reading an ESV? Not all the word deletions are found in the footnotes of the ESV, so do not think that they let you know all the changes they made.

Some people say, "You do not talk about the large section of Mark [referring to Mark 16:9-20] which was included with the provision that the earliest reliable manuscripts did not include that section". The "provisional" statement is, at best, casting doubt on the word of God and at worst deleting the information in the footnotes. You say that the ESV says, "earliest manuscripts" do not have it. That is as good as saying, "If you accept this rendering you are accepting an inferior, unreliable manuscript". What they did not tell you is that those same "earliest" or "reliable" manuscripts do not even include the whole Book of Revelation!!! If the manuscript is so reliable, then why they did not take out the whole book of Revelation? As mentioned earlier, these manuscripts are from the Minority text.

Why KJV is still the most reliable English Bible?

 

Reference:

English Standard Version (ESV) Website http://www.esv.org/translation/philosophy

Comments on ESV http://av1611.com/kjbp/articles/kinney-esv.html

ESV Online at BibleGateway.com http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/

GOD wrote Only One Bible: http://www.nisbett.com/versions/bible01.htm

How to Spot Counterfeit Bible? http://www.av1611.org/kjv/counterfeit.html

Comparisons between The Majority (KJV) and Minority (NIV) Texts http://www.ecclesia.org/truth/m-m.html

 

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