Bible & Versions
Topical Bible Version Comparison Charts
It is imperative
that Christians understand that Bible Versions do matter. New versions are not simply written to make it easier to understand God's Word in
"modern language." There is a total assault against
Biblical truth and doctrine taking place as demonstrated in the following Charts. Many
postulate that no doctrines have been changed, which is a false presumption. The
importance of having the true inspired words of God are found in verses such as:
"...even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
a version was translated from the Received texts, it is suspect and
indeed can and does lead to gnostic doctrine. A Gnostic version will not allow a
person to fully understand what the will of the Lord is, because the doctrine itself
is changed. For that reason,
we believe that the King James Version is the best translation into the English
language and had God's protection, as His Word is how we come to know Him. The
same holds true for God's Word when it is translated into other languages--the
basis must be from the Received Texts. Is doctrine important, or
can it be continuously changed and still be the Word of God?
"So then faith cometh by
hearing and hearing by the WORD OF GOD."
" I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned."
Corinthians 2:13 ""Which
things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth; but
which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with
has been suggested by
Jacob Prasch of Moriel since 1999,
when my "To Embrace Hebrew Roots" series was
with some of his friends, that I was "of a Ruckmanite Cyber Cult".
When Mr. Prasch first
published this "story" in 1999, I had to ask a few
people what a Ruckmanite was. It was explained to me that
there was a man named Peter Ruckman who promotes the King
James Version Only teaching. Prior to that I had no knowledge
of the man.
In order to belong to a cult
and follow a cult leader one would have to have knowledge of
and interaction with that person, and one would certainly have
to embrace his teachings. To date, that is January, 10, 2003,
I have never investigated, corresponded with, sought out a
website or address for, or read material by Peter Ruckman. I
don't know the man nor have I felt inclined to analyze him or
his teachings. If I feel that God would have me do an article
on Ruckman, it would be posted in the Research section of my
The charge of me being a
Ruckmanite cult member is false, and quite frankly a
ridiculous conclusion by even the most undiscerning. Holding
to the KJV as the Bible version to be used came about by my
own research and comparison
of verses of various Bible versions while investigating
the Hebrew Roots and Sacred Name movements.
Prior to that, I had no
knowledge there was even a dispute over versions. Call me
naive, but I suspect I knew about as much as the average
Evangelical about the issues. But research, verse comparison
and reviewing historical data on such people as Westcott
and Hort and their determination to destroy Christianity
from the inside out made me evaluate the issue. With
Westcott and Hort's translations, and a few others forming the
basis of all new versions the result brought us to the
conclusion that the KJV was the English Version we should use
as it was based on the Textus Receptus and Byzantine
manuscripts. Reason and common sense tells us not to use
occultist translators for providing sound Scripture. Some
individuals recommend the Geneva Bible and it is one that we
have not looked to.
We believe that God has protected His Word in the original inspired
Byzantine manuscripts and Textus Receptus, and a version should be translated from that source.
Even though the Alexandrian texts are some of the oldest, they
are also only a handful of texts compared to the 5000 plus that
make up the Byzantine texts.
We recommend that people obtain an Interlinear Bible to compare the original Greek
and Hebrew with what is in the King James Version. Some sources
that use the Textus Receptus which could also be used are Jay
Green's King James Version and Interlinear Bible, or his
Modern King James Version.
Translation of the Holy Bible, Translated
by Jay P. Green Sr.
Hebrew-Greek-English Bible, One Volume Edition, Jay P.
Green, Sr. Editor; "...Translated from the Greek Textus
Receptus and the Hebrew Masoretic
text which are the same texts that the King
James Version translators used."
Grace Publishers, Modern King James Version of the Holy
Bible translated by Jay P. Green.
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible: With Main
Concordance, Appendix to the Main Concordance, Topical Index
to the Bible, Dictionary, by James
We are to
"study" to show ourselves approved. It was never supposed to be
easy. And many will admit that 'studying' is difficult.
2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
Far too many do a quick run through of a passage without actually studying it. Worse, many merely rely on Sunday morning teachings and maybe a Wednesday night Bible
study to be their "study to show thyself approved."
Peter 1:20-21, 2:1-2
issued this warning.
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you,
who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:"
Corrupted Scripture and
hence, doctrine, can produce a
II Corinthians 2:17:
"For we are not as many,
which corrupt the word of
1 Peter 1:23-25:
23 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know
them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of
thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit: 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."
"Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth
"Gnosis: The Nature & History of Gnosticism," Kurt
the true character of Gnosticism as a heresy that infiltrates and destroys
Christianity from within:
" ... The process, which is plain from the
New Testament itself, is twofold, the Christianising of Gnosis and the
gnosticising of Christianity. The result of both processes is the
canonizing of Christianity as an orthodox Church on the one hand, and
the elimination of Gnosis as a heresy on the other. Gnosis as we meet it
in the New Testament is understood less as an alien pagan religion;
" rather, it is only dealt with so far as it is a phenomenon within
Christianity." The gnostics feel themselves as Christians and
present themselves as such ... Thus it
is a danger of more from inside than from outside about which Paul is
already said to have given warning. (Acts: 20:29)" [Kurt
Rudolph, "Gnosis: The Nature & History of
Gnosticism", p.300, Harper & Row, Publishers, 1977]
Quoting from various New
Ager's books, we read of the plan to implement gnosticism.
and the Religion of the Great Goddess" ~ " We need to
create a RELIGION OF HERETICS who refuse to toe any
ideological lines or give their allegiance to any
DOCTRINES OF EXCLUSIVITY." (Fundamental Christianity) Miriam Starhawk: YOGA JOURNAL, May/June 1986, p.56
ANCIENT WISDOM, as it existed in all old civilizations, will be
sifted, pieced together, correlated and synthesized with the
finding of modern scientists and the developments in religious
fields." Vera Alder,
WHEN HUMANITY COMES OF AGE, P. 31
data previously unavailable has been found or released. Among
these are the DEAD SEA SCROLLS; the vast treasures of religious
writings found in the Potola in Tibet; CHRISTIAN WRITINGS
DELETED FROM THE BIBLE DURING THE 4TH CENTURY (Gnostic);
writings of Teilhard de Chardin; and previously carefully
guarded knowledge of the ANCIENT WISDOM, including the writings
of the Tibetan in the Alice Bailey books; writings of mystics
from various religions; the materials offered by the
and many books on Buddhism and Hindu philosophies and
practices...Probably much of this knowledge could be
advantageously used in SYNTHESIZING THE MAJOR RELIGIONS WITH A
WORLD RELIGION FOR THE NEW AGE." Lola Davis,
TOWARD A WORLD RELIGION FOR THE NEW AGE, pp. 187-188
the final planetary synthesis of the the Eastern and Western
spiritual traditions is to be realized, EASTERN MYSTICISM must
be INCORPORATED INTO TRADITIONAL CHRISTIANITY."
Peter De Coppens, Forward, in F. Aster Barnwell, THE MEANING OF CHRIST
FOR OUR AGE
new spirituality does not reject the earlier patterns of the
great universal religions. Priest and church will not disappear;
they will not be forced out of existence in the New Age, they
will be ABSORBED INTO THE EXISTENCE OF THE NEW AGE."
William Thompson, in David Spangler, REVELATION: THE BIRTH OF A NEW AGE,
* Above quotes as cited in Gnosticism: The Mystery of Iniquity, by J. Moser
Dr. John Davis, wrote of similar ideas in " THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, 'Why another
English translation of the Bible?' which appeared in Spire, Vol.12, #2, p. 7--Fall
1983 (a quarterly from Grace Theological Seminary):
answer to that question was that prior to the NIV most English
translations suffered from archaic style, THEOLOGICAL BIAS or inadequate
translation skill to be ACCEPTED INTERNATIONALLY AS A STANDARD
BIBLE....In an effort to PREVENT THE INTRODUCTION OF DENOMINATIONAL
DISTINCTIVES OR THEOLOGICAL IDIOSYNCRASIES INTO THE TRANSLATION
PROCESS...a five-step process was established for the translation."
* As cited in Gnosticism: The Mystery of Iniquity, by J. Moser
Men such as
and Hort (the two men that were responsible for the Critical Greek Text and the
Revised English version in 1881) were themselves heretics that embraced the
Gnostic doctrines and therefore had a hidden motive for creating a
new Bible version. They were part of the Apostles Club, The Society for Psychical Research
(SPR) and the Ghost Society, the precursor of the SPR.
Philip Schaff (the man responsible for the American
Standard Version of 1901) also was a heretic and was the father of the
Ecumenical Movement. His purpose was to create a Bible version that would
further the merger of all religions and nations into a New World Order. George
Schriver, in his biography, "PHILIP SCHAFF, CHRISTIAN
SCHOLAR AND ECUMENICAL PROPHET", says "he was convinced that such an
ECUMENICAL REVISION (of the Bible) would foster the bond of INTERDENOMINATIONAL
AND INTERNATIONAL UNION" (P. 71-73). * As cited in Gnosticism: The Mystery of Iniquity, by J. Moser
Quite simply, New Versions allow for the teaching of Gnostic doctrine because
many of those involved were Gnostics. As
you delve into this matter and carefully evaluate the comparison verses and the backgrounds of each of those involved in the versions, it is hoped that you will be moved to
reject these new versions, and "earnestly contend for
the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3) - that
faith which is consistent with Fundamental Christianity, the Traditional (Antiochian)
Greek manuscripts, and the King James Version.
of the versions translated from various Gnostic manuscripts include: English
revised version; American
Revised Standard version;
Jerusalem Bible; New English Bible;
New American Standard; Living Bible; Today's English V.;
New International V.; New King James Bible, Spirit-Filled
Life, Edition, and the Scholars Version.
Update: 2007>Please note
that a few people have stated the following:
"The argument against corrupted
text is one that is very close to my heart. I have heard the
argument that NKJV is based on Westcott and Hort or the NU as
it is also called and I have seen no evidence of this. They
do list it in the side reference, as well as being the
first to include the Majority Text readings. While this
may be distracting, it does not label either as the
"best" or the "oldest". "
Another wrote: "...if you read the introduction
the NT is actually translated from the TR (like the KJV) while
the footnotes indicate NA readings, as well as Byzantine
readings. This way people who read this or that Bible are able
to see why they're different (for differences which are caused
by the underlying text used). ..."
According to the Preface and information from
NKJV and Thomas Nelson, Inc.:
The NKJV revisers followed the essentially
literal method of translation used in the original King James
Version, which the NKJV Preface calls "complete equivalence."
Regarding the Old Testament>The Masoretes preserved the
Scriptures for five hundred years in a form known as the
Masoretic Text. The Masoretes, led by the family of ben Asher
continued the legacy of the earlier scribes. The ben Asher text,
by the twelfth century, was the only recognized form of the
Hebrew Scriptures. The 1967/1977 Stuttgart edition of the Biblia
Hebraica, while also sourcing the Daniel Bomberg edition of
1524-25, were used as well as The Septuagint (Greek) Version of
the Old Testament and the Latin Vulgate for the Old Testament.
The King James New Testament was based on the
Textus receptus which was first published in 1516, was also
called the Received Text. "In the late nineteenth century, B.
Westcott and F. Hort taught that this text had been officially
edited by the fourth-century church, but a total lack of
historical evidence for this event has forced a revision of the
theory. It is now widely held that the Byzantine Text that
largely supports the Textus Receptus has as much right as the
Alexandrian or any other tradition to be weighed in determining
the text of the New Testament."
Regarding contemporary translations, most have
relied on a few manuscripts found in the late 19th and early
20th centuries. These translations have depended on Codex
Vaticanus and Codex Sinaiticus which are older. The Greek
translation of these manuscripts, including related papyri,
is what the Alexandrian Text are based upon. Since the Vaticanus
and Sinaiticus disagree with each other in many points, some are
rejecting them as a sound source.
Most new versions and and contemporary
translators have followed "a Critical Text"," which depends
heavily upon the Alexandrian type of text." However, many have
begun to abandon the Critical Text in favor of the Majority
Text." The NKJB sourced both the Critical and Majority texts and
showed the variations in the footnotes. According to the
publisher, "fully eighty-five percent" of the NT text is the
same as the Textus Receptus, the Alexandrian and the Majority
Texts. The footnotes state the differing passages and also
appear to objectively state the source of the variations.
They note the variations as coming from NU-Text, meaning from
the Alexandrian or Egyptian text, sourced from the Critical
Text. That was published by the United Bible Society and known
as the Nestle-Aland Greek NT (26th edition). The M-Text shows
variations from the Majority or traditional text.
In other words, the NKJB sourced all available
manuscripts and while trying to adhere to the original meanings
of the KJB, it provided variations which should be noted and
evaluated based on the source of the variations. > end update
Each needs to
make a studious effort to search these things out. Each can do a topic by topic, or verse by verse comparison on
their own. The Word of God is meant for all to utilize and is not bound by one
person's comparison. In other words, if you wish to chart your comparisons with
these or other versions or paraphrases, by all means. The point is, consider
carefully why, for example, the name of Jesus is omitted, or Christ. One cannot
assume people will know who is being referenced.
If the foundations be
destroyed, what can the righteous do?
These charts are by no means complete. This is just a sample
of the corruption found in modern versions in relation to our Lord, His deity
and other Biblical truth.
King James Bible (KJB);
American Standard Bible (NASB) ~ New Testament
Campus Crusade For
Christ International ; The Lockman Foundation, 1972
ALSO:Online NAS 1977
New International Version
New King James Version
New Revised Standard Version
Publishers, 1989; maps 1990
The King James Version of the Holy Bible
KJV 1769 edition, public domain.
"Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL
VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible
Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights
The "NIV" and "New International Version" trademarks are
registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office
by International Bible Society. Use of either trademark
requires the permission of International Bible Society"
"Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®,
Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995
by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission."
"Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright ©
1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights
"New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989,
Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the
Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by
permission. All rights reserved."
"New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition,
copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United
States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved."
"Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd
edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United
States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved."
* All Scripture Quoted from the King James
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