Does It Matter Which Bible I Use?

This is a post I have been meaning to do for a long time. Due to my broken foot, and just recently getting back to feeling like doing something other than email and reading, I am finally getting around to it.

My intention for this post is not to cram anything down anyone’s throat. It is not my intention to make it seem that only a few select people have the truth. My purpose is to offer food for thought. 2Corinthians 13:11  Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Eph 4:1  I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
Eph 4:2  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Eph 4:3  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Eph 4:5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Eph 4:6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

There are four places in scripture where God has said not to add to or take away from His word. They are: Deut. 4:2; Deut. 12:32; Prov. 30:5, 6; and Rev. 22:18, 19. Yet, as we will see below, that is exactly what has happened in our “new” Bibles. Also, please note that in most places, scripture is self-explanatory in the KJV. God will use two words that mean the same thing to make the meaning clear.

These are some examples of things that have been changed from the King James Authorized Version to modern translations:

Genesis 27:39 KJV “And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;”

ESV “And Isaac his father answered and said Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven.” In the KJV Isaac is giving his son, Esau, a blessing followed by a curse in verse 40. If you read the rest of the book you read where Esau also prospered.

2 Samuel 21:19 KJV “And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.”

ASV ESV “And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehmite, killed or struck Goliath. . .” I Samuel 17:43-50 shows that David killed Goliath. (KJV)

Psalm 10:4, 5 KJV “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. v 5-His ways are always grievous; thy judgments (God’s judgments) are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.”(pride–he scoffs at them)

Verse 5 ASV & ESV:”His ways are are firm at all times, or prosper at all times; or his ways always succeed.” This verse is still talking about the wicked.

Proverbs 18:24 KJV “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

ASV & ESV read:”He that makes many friends does it to his own destruction, or a man of many companions may come to ruin.”

Proverbs 25:23 KJV reads “The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.”

ASV & ESV: “The north wind bringeth forth rain: So doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.” And “The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.”

Prov. 26:22 KJV “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”

ASV–The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.  ESV–The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.   Wounds are harmful, painful, not delicious like dainty morsels.

This is a small sampling. I will do several segments to finish this for those who are interested in the comparisons. I will later include  NIV differences. When I acquire one I will include those as well. For those who may be offended at this, I am sorry that you are offended. That is not my intention. I believe it is necessary to have all pertinent information in order to make a well-informed decision. Everyone has a right to their own belief and their own decisions, including me.