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About The BibleWhy Are The So Many Versions Of The Bible?

There are hundreds of versions of the Bible, (e.g KJV, NKJV, NIV), but not all versions of the Bible are the True Word of God. Which translation is the best one? Does it matter which translation is being used? Yes.

Here I will explain the importance of reading and choosing the True Word of God. The Bible was originally written in three languages, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Most of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew except for parts of the books of Daniel and Nehemiah which were written in Aramaic. The New Testament was completely written in Greek. None of the original manuscripts of the Bible are now in existence, but some there are exact copies of the original manuscripts, which still exist. The versions are known as the translation or texts of these copies from the original manuscripts.

Since the twentieth century the King James Bible, which was the primary English version since it was created has come under heavy attack, a flood of new translations are trying to substitute it. To understand the need for the right Bible we need to understand where the translators got the texts. There are two versions of translations, one is the Textus Receptus, from which the King James Bible (and older versions like the Geneva Bible) is translated. The other is Nestle's Greek Text, also known as the Egyptian Text or Alexandrian Text, from which most modern versions are translated.

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The reason this is so important is because the two texts disagree consistently concerning the major doctrines of the Bible. They are found to disagree on readings concerning the virgin birth of Christ, the Blood atonement, Christ's second coming, the deity of Christ, and many other fundamental Christian doctrines.

The Textus Receptus Texts

The Textus Receptus texts (150 A.D.) stems from Antioch, the place that the Holy Spirit chose for the base of Christian operations after Stephen was martyred. It spread through Syria and Europe through its translation into the Syrian Peshitto version and the Old Latin Vulgate. There are still 350 copies of the Peshitto in existence today as a testimony to this widespread usage in the years since 150 A.D.

The Old Latin Vulgate was used by Christians in the churches of the Waldenses, Gauls, Celts, and other fundamental groups throughout Europe. This Latin version became so used and beloved by orthodox Christians that it assumed the term "Vulgate" as a name. The old Latin versions were used longest by western Christians who would not bow to the authority of Rome.

It was the Antioch text which Luther used for his German translation of the New Testament of 1522. He got it from Erasmus of Rotterdam. His Greek text was called the "Textus Receptus". This text and the translations of it into German, English and other languages kindled the fires of the reformation all over Europe. The Textus Receptus is the Greek original from which the King James is translated.

The Nestle's Greek Text

The Nestle's Greek Text (1898) was the basis for the critical Greek Text of Brooke Foss Westcott and Fenton John Anthony Hort. The Westcott and Hort Text of 1881 was collated with Weymouth's third edition and Tischendorf's eighth edition by Eberhard Nestle in 1898 to become what is known as the Nestle's Greek New Testament.

The text is based on only a few manuscripts, two of the most important ones are the Sinaiticus and Vaticanus. Sinaiticus from all outward appearances looks very beautiful, but it contains many uninspired books such as the "Shepherd of Hermes," the "Epistle of Barnabas," and the "Didache". Vaticanus, as the name implies, is in the Vatican library at Rome. No one knows when it was placed in the Vatican library, but its existence was first made known in 1841. Vaticanus leaves out words or whole clauses no less than 1,491 times. It bears traces of careless transcriptions on every page.

To illustrate the importance of why we are to read a version that is based on the Textus Receptus texts I have listed two bible verses, Luke 4:8 and I John 5:7 in several versions from the oldest English versions to the newest. It will prove that words have been taken away or added, leaving the reader unknown to important key phrases and truths that God intended for you to know.

Sometimes one word is omitted or changed and it may seem insignificant to us, but it is serious to God. Not knowing one key word can literally be the difference between life or death. Keep in mind that versions were printed on a printing press in which many letters from the English alphabet did not exist, but the words are legible. You will be able to see how misleading and confusing these new versions can be to new Christians.

Geneva (1587)
Luke 4:8 - But Iesus answered him, and saide, Hence from mee, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lorde thy God, and him alone thou shalt serue. 


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7 - For there are three, which beare recorde in heauen, the Father, the Worde, and the holy Ghost: and these three are one. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

King James Version (1611) 
Luke 4:8 - And Iesus answered and said vnto him, Get thee behinde me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him onely shalt thou serue. 

KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7 - For there are three that beare record in heauen, the Father, the Word, and the holy Ghost: and these three are one. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Darby (1890)
Luke 4:8 - And Jesus answering him said, It is written, Thou shalt do homage to [the] Lord thy God, and him alone shalt thou serve.

KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7,8 - For they that bear witness are three: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and the three agree in one. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Young's Literal (1898)
Luke 4:8 - And Jesus answering him said, `Get thee behind me, Adversary, for it hath been written, Thou shalt bow before the Lord thy God, and Him only thou shalt serve.' 

KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7 -because three are who are testifying [in the heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these -- the three -- are one; 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

New King James Version (1975)
Luke 4:8 - And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7 - For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

New English (1980)
Luke 4:8 - And Jesus answered him, "It is written, "'You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7,8 - For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

New International Version (1984)
Luke 4:8 - Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.' 


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7,8 - For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Amplified Version (1987)
Luke 4:8 - And Jesus replied to him, Get behind Me, Satan! It is written, You shall do homage to and worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7 - So there are three witnesses in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are One. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Good News Translation: (1992)
Luke 4:8 - Jesus answered, The scripture says, Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7 - There are three witnesses:8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and all three give the same testimony.

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

21st Century King James (1994)
Luke 4:8 - And Jesus answered and said unto him, "Get thee behind Me, Satan! For it is written: `Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.'


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7 - For there are three that bear record in Heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

New American Standard (1995)
Luke 4:8 - Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'

KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7,8 - For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Contemporary English (1995)
Luke 4:8 - Jesus answered, "The Scriptures say: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!'


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7,8 - In fact, there are three who tell about it. They are the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and they all agree. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

GOD'S WORD (1995)
Luke 4:8 - Jesus answered him, “Scripture says, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7 - There are three witnesses: the Spirit, the water, and the blood. These three witnesses agree. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

New Living (1996)
Luke 4:8 - Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7 - So we have these three witnesses the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Common English (1998)
Luke 4:8 - Jesus answered, “It’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him. 


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7,8 - The three are testifying— the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and the three are united in agreement. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

The Message (2002): 
Luke 4:8 - Jesus refused, again backing his refusal with Deuteronomy: "Worship the Lord your God and only the Lord your God. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.

KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:8: - A triple testimony: the Spirit, the Baptism, the Crucifixion. And the three in perfect agreement. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

New Century (2005)
Luke 4:8 - Jesus answered, "It is written in the Scriptures: 'You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7,8 - So there are three witnesses: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three witnesses agree.

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Today's New International Version (2005)
Luke 4:8 - Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7,8 - For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Easy to Read Version (2006)
Luke 4:8 - Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God. Serve only him.” 

KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7,8 - So there are three witnesses that tell us about Jesus: the Spirit, the water, and the blood. These three witnesses agree.

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

New International Version (2011)
Luke 4:8 - Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’


KJV - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

I John 5:7,8 - For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

KJV - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

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