What are some of the errors and omissions in modern bibles?

There are many; here are a few.

The trouble with modern Bibles is not just that they stem from corrupt manuscripts but that they contain so many errors and omissions in God’s words.  Here are just a few of those errors and omissions.  To simplify this presentation, we will confine our study to the NIV.

Errors [Just a few]

2 Samuel 21:19 – the NIV says that Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite.  You can see that this is plainly an error since it was David that killed Goliath [1 Sam 17:4-7] and Elhanan that killed the brother of Goliath [compare 1 Chr 20:5].

Is 14:12 – the NIV says that Lucifer [KJV] is the morning star.  This is a terrible error because Jesus Christ is the morning star [Rev 22:16].  Thus, according to the NIV, either Jesus fell from heaven [Is 14:12] or the devil and Jesus Christ are the same.  Neither is correct.  As a matter of fact, if the NIV is correct, then God promises to give those who overcome in the church of Thyatira the devil [the morning star] as their reward.

In Acts 7:45 – the NIV says that Joshua led the fathers as they brought the tabernacle into Canaan.  While Joshua, in fact, took them into Canaan, it was Jesus who went with them into the possession [KJV].  Greek manuscripts have Íησου which is translated Jesus.  And that’s correct because Jesus indeed went with them into the possession [Jos 5:13-15; Ex 23:20, 23; compare Acts 27:23-25].  See the change also in Heb 4:8.

In Lk 2:33 – the NIV says that Joseph was Jesus’ father.  That’s why the Pharisees accused Jesus of being born of fornication [Jn 8:41].  They thought he had been born out of wedlock.  In fact, Joseph was not Jesus’ father.  Greek manuscripts have Ίωσήφ which is translated Joseph like the KJV has it, not father like the NIV has it..  This change attacks Jesus’ deity stating that he was a mere human being and not the Son of God.

In Acts 4:27, 30 – the NIV again attacks Jesus’ deity by saying that Jesus was God’s servant rather that his child.  Well, verses 25 and 26 determine the context and they are a quotation from Ps 2:1-2.  But in Ps 2:7 and 12, we see that the Psalm is a reference is to God’s Son.  So how in the world could the NIV possibly call Jesus God’s servant in this text?  That sounds like the work of the devil.

On and on this list of errors could go, but this partial list gives you a really good idea how these modern Bibles have grossly erred.

Omissions [Just a few]

This next list shows you some of the verses that have been removed entirely or partially from the Bible.

Matt 5:22 – without a cause has been removed.  This deletion makes Jesus Christ a sinner because he got angry in Mark 3:5.  However, he had a cause, and therefore, according to the KJV he didn’t sin.  If Jesus was a sinner, he died for his own sins and could have never died for yours.

Matt 6:13b – For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen has been removed.  Who else but the devil would be interested in taking the kingdom, power and glory away from the Lord [Is 14:12-15]?

Matt 18:11 – For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.  This whole verse has been deleted.  One of the reasons Jesus came was to save the lost [Matt 15:24].  So, how could anyone legitimately justify the removal of this verse?  And why would any sinner, saved or lost, who was looking for the truth of God’s words, want to use a so-called book like this to better understand the Bible?

Mk 9:44, 46 – Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  The entire verse is removed twice.  Jesus said these words three times to make sure that he was clearly understood.  The NIV removed the verse twice apparently to keep from offending their readers with the words of God.

Jn 5:4 – For an angel went down at a certain season 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.  The entire verse is gone.  Without the verse, the rest of the context doesn’t make any sense.

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.  This verse has been removed from the NIV and without the verse, the passage teaches baptismal regeneration.  That is the doctrine that says a person gets saved by being baptized in water.  But notice that the confession of Acts 8:37 matches Rom 10:9-10 perfectly.  So, leaving the verse alone shows you that salvation is through Jesus and not through the baptistery.

Acts 28:29 – And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.  This verse has been entirely removed in the NIV.  It shows that the Jews departed and lets you know why, from that time until now, Gentiles have been the ones saved in great numbers while Jews have not [Rom 11:25-28].

Rom 8:1b – who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  This last half of the verse has been removed.  But the verse is not just a reference to the fact that we escape condemnation in hell when we get saved [Jn 5:24].  The verse is a reference to the temporal condemnation that comes from walking after the flesh down here.  Some Christians die young because of walking after the flesh; some wind up in jail; some suffer irreparable health problems; and so forth.  Furthermore, in eternity your entire inheritance can be lost because of walking after the flesh [Gal 5:19-21].  These words should never have been omitted.

Rom 16:24 – The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.  This is a strange deletion.  This salutation or some variation of it appears at the end of every letter written by Paul.

1 Jn 5:7 – For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.  This is the single greatest verse in the Bible on the Trinity.  It has been removed in its entirety from the NIV.  Verse 8 has been split in two, with the first part being moved up to verse 7 to cover the deletion.  The marginal comments regarding the manuscript evidence justifying this deletion are wrong.  This is a terrible attack on the very nature of God by the devil.

There are numerous partial verses missing that have grave doctrinal implications affecting the blood atonement, the deity of Christ, the virgin birth, etc.  They are not listed here but there are many publications that have them listed.  Nevertheless, this list should help you understand why we hold so dearly to the Authorized King James Bible and why we encourage you to do the same.

Hope this helps,

Pastor Bevans Welder