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As I visited many Reformed churches, I felt uncomfortable with the different versions of the Bible they used. What surprised me most is that some of these churches use the New International Version (NIV) which bothers me, and I was never at rest knowing some of its inaccurateness.
As I kept pondering upon this, one question kept coming back to me: “Why aren’t they using some of the most accurate and available Bibles, like the Geneva Bible, or the King James Version, which have only a few poorly translated words that can be corrected with the help of Strong’s Concordance (a Hebrew and Greek dictionary) that is available in most Christian bookstores and also easy to access with today’s technology?” By God’s love, mercy, and providence, He caused me to come upon this topic. It has become my priority to make known to His people the sadness I discovered. Over 39 clear instances of changes and omission of some whole and important verses with their numbers from the Bible, which weakens the deity of Christ and His doctrinal teachings.
If there were a need for another translation, I would assume that translation should have been much more accurate than those mentioned. I would expect the translators would have corrected those few poorly translated words, and make it better, only then it would have been for edification.
I strongly recommend you get one of the Geneva or King James Bibles and an NIV Bible and compare the verses below, as this is a serious matter. God is very serious with worship. Remember Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10:1-2) “who offered strange fire before God, and the Lord devoured them both with fire.” Beloved, these translators are very cunning in the way they translate the Bible, making it very difficult for you, to realize the numbers of the verses that are missing. They are camouflaged .
Here are some of the important whole missing verses and their numbers:
Whole important verses that are missing.
*Matthew 17:21, “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
*Matthew 18:11, “ For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.”
*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.”
*Mark 7:16, “If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.”
*Mark 9:44, “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”
*Mark 9:46, “ Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”
*Mark 11:26, “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
*Mark 15:28, “And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.”
*Luke 17:36, “ Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”
*Luke 23:17, “(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)”
*John 5:4, “ For an angel went down at a certain sea- son 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.”
*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.”
*Acts 15:34, “Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.”
*Acts 24:7, “But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,”
*Acts 28:29, “And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.”
*Romans 16:24, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
Parts of important verses that are missing .
Matthew 5:44, “bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and for them that despitefully use you.”
Matthew 27:35, “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: they parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.”
Luke 9:55, “ye know what manner of spirit ye are of.”
Luke 9:56, “for the Son of Man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”
Luke 22:14, “sat down and down and the twelve.”
John 3:13, “which is in heaven.”
Acts 24:6, “And would have judged according to our Law.”
Romans 8:1, “who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.”
*1 John 5:7, “in heaven, the father, the word, and Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
1John 5:8, “And there are three that bear witness in earth .”
Parts of important verses that are completely missing and cannot be found in the footnotes or elsewhere in the NIV Bible.
Mark 3:15, “And to heal sickness.”
Luke 7:28 “Prophet, Baptist”
Luke 22:14, “Sat down, and the twelve.”
Luke 23:38, “ in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrews.”
Luke 24:42, “and of an honeycomb.”
John 7:50, “said unto them, (He that came to…by night.)”
Acts 9:6, “And He trembling and astonished said, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him.”
1Timothy 3:16, “Justified in the Spirit.”
1Peter 4:14, “on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”
Revelation 5:14 “and the four and twenty…” “Him that liveth forever and ever.”
Revelation 1:11, “saying, I AM Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last.”
Revelation 22:14, “that do his commandments.”
(Luke 7:28 tells his occupation and which John)
* indicates these verses are also missing from the New World Translations (Jehovah Witness Bible)
Some of those missing verses are direct quotes from the Old Testament.
In the NIV Bible Proverbs 25:23 says, “As a north wind brings rain…” In the KJV Bible Proverbs 25:23 says, “The north wind driveth away rain:..” The NIV and KJV versions are totally opposite in this verse. In the NIV Bible, there is a note under Mark 16:9 that says, “The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have Mark 16:9-20.” At John 7:53 is another note that says, “The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:53— 8:11.”
My Brethren, why would any one of God’s children want to tamper with the Bible like this? I wonder which spirit are these men of. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1) “And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.” (Col. 2:4) “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Col. 2:8) “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” (Romans 16:17) If their intention was to make the NIV Bible easy to read and understand, that was certainly not accomplished. They only made it worse.
Some people say they like a particular version because they say it’s more readable. Now, readable is one thing, but does the readability conform to what’s in the original Greek and Hebrew language? You can have a lot of readability, but if it does not match up with what God has said, it’s of no profit. You may say it is difficult to read, but study it out. It’s hard in Hebrew and Greek and, perhaps, even in English. But to change it around just to make it simple, or interpreting it, instead of translating it, is wrong. You’ve got lots of interpretations, but we don’t want that in a translation. We want exactly what God said in the Hebrew and Greek brought over into English.
Were they trying to be God by striving to open someone’s understanding? Luke 24:45 says, “Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Proverbs 8:9 says: “They are all plain to him that understandeth…” Surely, only God can make the Bible easy for someone to read and understand, not man. Jesus said, “… He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” (Matthew 12:30) My brethren, please restrain from all evil. (1Thessalonians 5:22) Remember, the man who God corrects is happy. So do not refuse correction (Job 5:17) If God loves you he will correct you when you stray. (Proverbs 3:12)
My beloved, after knowing all of this, the question is, “How sincere are you to your creator?” Are you somewhat sincere? Or do you want to be as sincere as possible, practicing what is acceptable to God? Are you totally convicted and committed? Because worshipping God is about sincerity. “Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth…” (Joshua 24:14). “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.” (Phil. 1:10). “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you….” (James 4:8). I hope you will agree that these important missing verses do have a place in the Bible and to please God rather than man. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)
The very purpose of this tract is for your edification and “the unity of the spirit” (Eph. 4:3) and in doing so, I hope I have not become your enemy because I tell you the truth. (Galatians 4:16) Brethren, God sent us out by two or more like the pattern the Apostles – so we can lift up one another when we fall.
The Bible speaks of Jesus Christ as one man (a man). “The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, He shall stir up jealousy like a man of war…” (Isaiah 42:13; Rev. 12:5) My desire is for Christ’s Church (the true and pure church) to be of one mind (Philippians 2:2; 3:16), one speech, one goal, and in one direction, advancing Christ’s Kingdom. “So that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14; Isaiah 11:9) And, “That at the name of Jesus every knee (not some) should (shall) bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue (not some) should (shall) confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:10-11)
My hope, prayer, and intention is that the tract will be helpful to the reader and others. May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, cause you to accept edification. And may He continue to guide and teach us for the furtherance of His Kingdom.
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