It is said by many that the New International Version bible is just the same as the King James, but just easier to read and in more “modern” english. Is that really so?
Is that so, or is it something very different from the King James? Rather than getting into a long and complicated argument about it, let me just show you a simple, side-by-side comparison chart of a few verses from the KJV, with their counterpart from the NIV. What this will show you is that the people who created the NIV are in direct violation of Revelation 22 which says –
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:18,19 (KJV)
So with that, let’s compare the KJV and the NIV side-by-side, and you be the judge. The words which appear in bold on the KJV side of the chart are words and phrases that have been removed from the NIV.
King James Version – KJV
New International Version – NIV
|Why did Jesus come to earth?|
For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.Matt. 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
and they went to another village.Matt. 18:11
|Is repentance important?|
…I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
…I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.
|For whom did Jesus die?|
|I Cor. 5:7|
…Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
|I Cor. 5:7|
…Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
|In Whom must you believe to be saved?|
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
|Was Joseph really the father of Jesus?|
And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
|Did Jesus give His disciples power to heal?|
…power to heal sickness, and to cast out devils.
…authority to drive out demons.
|If it’s hard to do, should we just remove it?|
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
|Who is in charge?|
|I Cor. 10:28|
…for the earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof:
|I Cor. 10:28|
(last part of verse missing)
|How must we deal with our enemies?|
…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
…Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
|Where did Jesus go?|
A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.
|Is it John or the Devil?|
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.
Question: Aren’t some of these things included in the NIV in the footnotes?
Answer: That is not the same as including them in the text. When a young Christian sees these passages have been moved to the footnotes, he or she will assume that they are probably not really part of God’s Word. After all, the translators did not include them in the text, but simply implied that “some” manuscripts include them. What they are not told is that the vast majority of texts used by the early church included these words. They are God’s Words!
The above chart shows 10 or 12 examples of how the NIV has removed the words from the word of God. Do YOU want a bible that cuts out the holiness of God, removes lots of the promises, and in some cases just deletes the verse altogether?
Or do you want the true, pure words that God Himself wrote? Because there is power on in those words, and not in the weak, powerless words of man.
Decide for yourself. Just remember that God promises to curse those who mess with the word He wrote. Pray the Holy Spirit to show you the truth. But in closing, let me just direct your attention to the following verse and mediate on what God has to say about the “word of a king”. Hmm…
“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?” Ecclesiastes 8:4 (KJV)