July 2013 Update to my original post below:
I understand that some people may think that the translators added to the words of God when they added filler words to get the English version. The KJV translators italicized those filler words which you have to have in order to translate the meaning from one language to another – otherwise you have gaps.
But they stayed honest by italicizing those words. Some (all? most?) other versions that use the same filler words do not. Just open up your version of the bible and compare it to the KJV and see for yourself.
Then there are some bible versions that give you what “they” think God means instead of giving you God’s words. God promised to preserve his WORDS not his “meanings” or someone’s idea of what they think he meant. You should really consider doing a study about it if you don’t understand what I mean by that.
And keep in mind, God has a powerful enemy that counterfeits His plans. Don’t be naive. Satan is at work to weaken God’s people while keeping others from putting their faith in Christ and he is using the Bible too.
For your own study I recommend you get Gipp’s Understandable History of the Bible (which is a way easier read than my next suggestion) and Gail Ripplinger’s New Age Bible Versions ( deep, interesting, and documented). I have them. Both can also be found on Amazon – I’ve used my affiliate links below:
The Goliath thing.
I didn’t make this chart but I met the guy who did and he gave me permission to share and pass it on. Note that I added some other versions in this list that I checked out in addition to what is on the chart. I’m still studying out the claims made in this chart myself, I suggest you not take my word for it but also study these out for yourself as well! II Timothy 2:15
Who killed Goliath according to YOUR bible?
Here’s the verse in the KJV:
II 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.”
Now here is the same verse according to the following versions. (Note: I verified these tonight on biblegateway.com) :
(The Message): “At yet another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jaar, the weaver of Bethlehem, killed Goliath the Gittite whose spear was as big as a flagpole.”
(NIV- UK): “In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair[a] the Bethlehemite killed the brother of[b] Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod.” Notice how the NIV has changed with itself.
(NCV): “Later, there was another battle at Gob with the Philistines. Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim from Bethlehem killed Goliath[a] from Gath. His spear was as large as a weaver’s rod.”
To be further confused by these modern bible twists, try reading the footnotes as linked by the little a’s and b’s.
Here’s the pdf link for you to print out the chart below: Modern Version Chart. I recommend you stick it in your notebook or bible for reference. It IS a FULL page, by the way.
On Another Note: There is reference to homosexuality in this chart and I want you to know that I researched those claims and found MORE interesting information that is worth considering as you study. I’m not getting into it all but if you’re a seasoned student, you’ll put 2 and 2 together. You can check out the following sources: here, here, and here.
Remember the first time Satan shows up in the bible he is encouraging Eve to question (doubt) God’s Word as in “yea, hath God said?” (Gen. 3:1) and his tactic continues on today through the modern bible versions coming from Westcott & Hort’s corrupt text which they built on bad manuscripts from Alexandria, Egypt. <— That link will take you to a printable timeline showing where all bibles come from: Alexandria, Egypt or Antioch, Syria.
Visit my KJV Q&A Series category link here to see other serious problems with modern bible versions and …
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15
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