It wouldn't be enough for me to just say that ALL modern English Bibles since the 1800's are corrupt and false and fake Words of God, so I am going to prove it! I have already touched on this issue in my article titled "The Trouble with Bible Versions" on this site on a broad scale. But in this piece, I am solely going to focus on the NIV.
I know there are going to be those of you who read the NIV and believe it is a good translation and is accurate and readable and all that. But I hope that this article by the power of the Holy Ghost will convict you to the corruption found in the NIV's version of the Word of God!
This article will be pretty extensive so I'll break it up into two parts. This first part will cover the history of the NIV Bible and a comparison of Old Testament verses between it and the King James Version. And I will be listing many web sites for you to go to for more information and research.
I wonder how since the 1970's (when the NIV came out) believers have gobbled up this false Bible so willingly? It was heavily promoted and praised by Evangelicals and Baptists and Christians around the country. And if you go to any "Christian" bookstore you will find the NIV Bible selection dominating the walls where the Bibles are kept. It outnumbers other false Bibles in that part of the store, while the selection of King James Version Bibles is very minute.
Millions of dollars went into getting this heretical Bible into the public domain and into churches. The NIV is published by Zondervan, which is owned by HarperCollins, which is known for publishing pro-Gay books and magazines, such as "The Book of Lesbian Sex" and occult materials like "The Satanic Bible" by Anton LeVey. HarperCollins is owned by The News Corporation, run by Rupert Murdoch, which runs the Fox News Channel, 20th Century Fox (the film production company) and on and on.
Amazingly, openly homosexuals served on the translation committee for the NIV! Virginia Mollenkott is a radical feminist and outspoken lesbian who played a role in removing "sodomite" from the Old Testament along with the now deceased Chairman of the Old Testament Committee Dr. Marten Woudstra.
Go ahead and check these NIV verses for the word Sodomite, where it rightly appears in the KJV: (the NIV has turned it into shrine prostitute or temple prostitute)
To this day, the International Bible Society (owned by Zondervan) and publisher of the NIV has released literally hundreds and hundreds of "special editions" of the NIV to reach a broad range of people, from kids to the elderly. This is truly sad to think that you need a "special edition" of God's Word to reach a specific class or group of people. In fact, the publishing of new Bibles has been a cash cow for hungry publishing companies where two new versions are put out each year, which puts fat royalties into the pockets of men (and Lord knows if they are saved or not) where the NIV, followed by the NLT are the leaders.
God set up the 1599 Geneva Bible and the matching 1611 (AV) King James Version Bible to reach ALL people from the young child to the old man or woman!
But in order to fully understand the level of corruption found in the NIV (and all modern English translations), we need to go back much, much further to see where and how it all began.
"Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul (Paul): And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians FIRST in Antioch." (Acts 11:25-26)
This is where God's Word for the New Testament first got its start and where believers were begun to be called Christians. The gospels, Paul's letters, John's letters, Peter's letters, James' letter, Jude's letter, Hebrews and Revelation were all completed by 69 to 70 AD and were beginning to be copied and circulated throughout the churches in surrounding regions until the 100's AD.
Copies made their way down to Alexandria, Egypt, which was full of philosophers, theologians and heretics. Not only were the Apostles (namely John and Paul) battling Gnosticism in their own time (see 2 Corinthians 2:17; 1 John 2:18-19; 4:1-3) but the New Testament writings had to do it themselves once in Egypt in the late 100's AD. A corrupt and Gnostic heretic named Origen (not the Origin of the Stargate season 9-10 T.V. show) got his hands on the scriptures and subtly introduced Gnostic attitudes into them!
While scripture was being preserved in Antioch, Syria in the mid 100's AD, it was being subtly altered in Alexandria. Origen, who lived from 185 to 254 AD, changed scripture by introducing a mixture of his Gnosticism and Platonism and Mysticism. He was the most famous student of Clement (of Alexandria) who had started a school at Alexandria in 200 AD that served as a propaganda machine for false doctrine.
Clement mixed Christianity with pagan philosophy. Here is a list of some of Origen's beliefs:
1. He used a completely allegorical approach to interpret scripture (meaning he spiritualized everything in tone and meaning).
2. Believed the soul was preexistent.
3. There was no physical resurrection of Christ; no second coming; man will not be resurrected.
4. Hell does not exist.
5. Everyone including the devil will be reconciled to God.
6. Christ was a created being.
7. Creation account in Genesis is mythical, not literal.
8. The soul goes through a series of incarnational stages before it reaches God.
9. Taught Baptismal Regeneration (infant baptism).
10. Taught works salvation.
The list of heretical beliefs and teachings of this man could go on and on, but suffice it to say, he CLEARLY was NOT a born again believer in the Jesus Christ of the Word of God! Origen was declared a heretic by the Synod of Constantinople in 543 AD, where the Council said in its first canon, "If anyone teaches the mythical doctrine of the pre-existence of the soul, let him be anathema."
Over the next several hundred years, scripture in Alexandria had completed its Gnostic transformation so that by the time Constantine tasked Eusebius with creating 50 copies of the Bible for the Catholic Church, they only ended up with garbage. But the heretical work did not stop then. The dating of the Catholic Church goes back to around 251 AD for its initial set up. Constantine and Eusebius put together a plan for religious tolerance and included the teachings of Arius (the teaching that Jesus was the highest of creatures created, dubbed Arianism-rather than the fact that Jesus was God manifest in the flesh) in an effort to bring together the Christian and heathen populace.
Eusebius built a library centered on Origen's teachings, who was taught by a student of Origen named Pamphilus. Later, Jerome (325-420 AD) recorded that Pamphilus, who was a friend of Eusebius and an apologist of Origenism, "copied with his own hand the chief part of Origen's work." Jerome was an admirer and adherent of Origen's teaching, defended the perpetual virginity of Mary and was the secretary to Pope Damasus (382-385).
Jerome used Origen's Hexapla for his Old Testament and then corrected the existing Latin translations to form his Latin Vulgate, which wasn't until 1546 that the Roman Catholic Church declared it to be the Church's official Bible. The Douay-Rheims Bible is the RCC English translation of Jerome's Latin Vulgate, with the New Testament coming out in 1582 and the Old Testament in 1610.
Then, by 1160 AD the initial start of the Reformation got going in Lyons when a man named Peter Waldo, who had translated the scriptures into French and passed out to those who wanted to learn. His followers, the Waldensians were heavily persecuted by the Catholic Church and were among the many groups of Protestants tortured and killed during the Inquisition. In 1382, John Wycliffe, schooled at the University of Oxford (in England), really upset the apple cart.
The Gospel of Christ was going nowhere fast within the Catholic Church and Wycliffe, a priest and scholar in the fields of philosophy and religion, decided to do whatever he could to remedy the situation and teach people the truth. At the Council of Valencia in 1229, the Bible had been placed on the Church's Index of Forbidden Books list where it "is forbidden for laymen (common man) to read the Old and New Testaments. We forbid them most severely to have the above books in the popular vernacular. The lords of the districts shall carefully seek out the heretics in dwellings, hovels, and forests, and even their underground retreats shall be entirely wiped out."
But now God was raising up and out of the Catholic Church men and women who would fight for the true Word of God and his doctrine of salvation by faith alone! In 1382 the first English Bible is translated from Latin by Wycliffe, which is dubbed the Wycliffe Bible, but is banned and burned by the Catholic Church.
Then in 1408 it becomes illegal to translate or read the Bible in common English without the permission of a bishop. While the Catholic Church continued to show its contempt for the Word of God, it still could not destroy it completely! In 1455, God stepped up the Bible preservation and spreading of the Word process by inspiring the creation of the world's first printing press with moveable metal type through a man named Johann Gutenberg in Germany, where the Gutenberg Bible is THE first book ever printed in human history!
So from the Catholic Eusebius who developed the corrupt Greek manuscripts Vaticanus and Sinaiticus, then through the Catholic Jerome, these texts were abandoned and discredited by early Christians and were not used by Protestants until the 1800's. The born again believers in Antioch, Syria translated the Bible into Old Syrian and later copied the scriptures in Syrian and Greek on papyrus (a paper-like material). Believers in Greece used the Greek text of Antioch, rejecting the Greek text of Alexandria, Egypt as corrupt. History shows that the text that makes up the KJV moves AWAY from the Catholic Church and continued to do so between from the 3rd and 12th centuries.
These same believers copied scripture on papyrus in Greek and Old Latin, not Jerome's Latin Vulgate, but Old Latin. Believers in Northern Italy copied and used the Old Latin Bible, rejecting the Vulgate as corrupt. These believers were called Waldensians (as mentioned earlier) and were known for evangelizing. Believers in early England and France used the Old Latin Bible of the Waldensians as the official translation and copied the Greek text that would later come to be called the Textus Receptus or Received Text. They suffered greatly under the Catholic Church.
Then comes Erasmus (1466-1536). A priest and Greek scholar, Erasmus rocked Europe with the books he wrote exposing the ignorance of the monks and the superstitions of the priesthood. He compiled the Greek manuscripts of the believers in Greece, Italy, England, France and the Old Syrian and Latin translations to produce the Greek New Testament the Reformers used. This was the Greek text of the Reformation. Then in 1522 Martin Luther translates the Erasmus text into German. Erasmus in 1524 publishes his famous attack on Luther's denial of free will called "On Freedom of the Will."
A year later, the great William Tyndale, considered the hero of the English Reformation, who studied Greek under Erasmus at Cambridge University, translated two-thirds of the Bible into English using the Textus Receptus. He had completed and published his English translation of the New Testament and began working on the Old Testament in 1526. His books, including the New Testament were widely read in England until bishops of the Church set out to do everything in their power to condemn them. After moving around the country, under heavy persecution by the Catholic Church, in 1536 he is seized in Antwerp in the Netherlands and after a year and a half of imprisonment, he was tied to a stake, strangled and burned. His dying words were, "Lord, open the king of England's eyes!"
The year before, in 1535, Miles Coverdale, a close friend of Tyndale finished translating the portions of the Old Testament Tyndale did not complete and afterwards becomes the first printed complete Bible, dubbed the Coverdale Bible. In 1534, Catholic priest Ignatius of Loyola founds the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) who are officially recognized by Pope Paul III in Rome in 1540 and become vastly important players in the Catholic Church's Counter-Reformation in their battle to suppress Protestantism. Tribulation for Protestants continued when Queen Mary Tudor restored Roman Catholicism to England in 1554, banned Protestant translations of the Bible and persecuted Protestants after the country had been slowly moving towards Protestantism.
Then in 1560, the great Geneva Bible emerges from Switzerland and is the first Bible printed with verse divisions. It contains theological notes from Protestant scholars like John Calvin and John Knox and many others. This is also the Bible that the Puritans came to America with in 1620! A revision followed in 1599 and even after more than 425 years, this incredible Bible is making a come back and both the 1560 and 1599 editions are currently available for ANYONE to own!
The Geneva Bible was used throughout the early colonies in America, where it was used extensively in New England and the famous Puritan preacher John Cotton used it. The Geneva Bible helped form the Christian culture in English-speaking colonies in the New World that would become America.
Not to be out done, the Catholic Church releases a new translation called the Douay-Rheims Bible, also known as the Jesuit Bible, between 1582 and 1610. It was translated by Gregory Marten from the corrupt Latin Vulgate.
Then in 1605 King James I of England ordered the creation of a new translation utilizing the Textus Receptus. Fifty-four God-fearing scholars were commissioned for the job and took 6 years to complete in 1611. The translators rejected Jerome's Latin Vulgate. All of the translators of the KJV suffered under the reign of Queen Mary (also known as Bloody Mary) before James became King of England. One of the translators was Dr. Laurence Chaderton, who was cut off from his family by his father because of his Christian faith and committed himself greatly to personal witnessing.
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
Here is an interesting little fact for you all, courtesy of Foxe's Christian Martyrs (a separate publication from Foxe's Book of Martyrs, written by John Foxe in 1563) from Barbour Publishing, from the section titled "Proclamation Against Books" page 152: (paraphrased)
"On June 13, 1555, the king and queen banned ALL books that disagreed with Catholicism, specifically naming all books by the following authors: Martin Luther, John Calvin, Erasmus, Miles Coverdale, William Tyndale, Thomas Cranmer. Civil authorities were given permission to search people's homes and anyone caught owning Protestant books were to be arrested. Books supporting the Catholic Church were acceptable, including the 'Primer in English' which taught children to pray to Mary and the saints, and 'Our Lady's Psalter' which SUBSTITUTED MARY'S NAME FOR GOD'S IN THE PSALMS. The apostles taught us that we are fully complete in Christ and need NO one's intercession for our sins.
"And if idolatry is making an idol to be worshipped as a God, isn't it idolatry to worship Mary? If God hadn't explained his will to us in plain words, telling us exactly what to believe, how to worship, and how to be saved, perhaps Catholicism's use of mediators for reconciliation might have made sense, but God's Word PLAINLY tells us that salvation and justification only come through Christ."
Those were the words of the great Protestant, born again believer John Foxe, who was good friends with William Tyndale.
The long forgotten texts known as the Vaticanus (known also as B manuscript) and Sinaiticus (also known as Aleph manuscript) are discovered by a man named Constantin von Tischendorf. Vaticanus was found in the Vatican Library collecting dust and Sinaiticus was discovered in a waste bin at a Catholic monastery in the 1800's. These manuscripts then became immediately available to western scholars who by the late 1800's used them to form a new Greek New Testament. This new text is the basis for the Revised Version of 1881, assembled by two men (among others) from the Church of England (declared the officially established Christian church in England in 1533) named Brook Foss Westcott and Fenton John Anthony Hort or better known as Westcott and Hort.
The Greek text of Westcott and Hort differs from the Greek text of the KJV (the Received Text) 5,788 times. These two unsaved scholars espoused numerous heresies like claiming that the Bible was not inspired or infallible; they denied the Genesis account of creation. They instead praised Darwin's Theory of Evolution and Mary worship. Secular historians and the sons of Drs. Westcott and Hort have documented the unorthodox doctrines and occult affiliations of these two clergymen. They were Spiritualist mavericks, who founded the Ghost Society in Cambridge, England.
Consider this intriguing comment from Alfred Martin, former Vice-President at Moody Bible Institute from 1951:
"The present generation of Bible students having been reared on Westcott and Hort have for the most part accepted this theory without independent or critical examination...if believing Bible students had the evidence of both sides put before them instead of one side only, there would not be so much blind following of Westcott and Hort."
Westcott and Hort included their jaded, obscure views of Jesus and God and the status of saved believers in their Revised Version that has been carried over into every other translation version since. Consider this comment from textual scholar, Dean John Burgon referring to Westcott and Hort's "violent recoil from the Traditional Text" and "their absolute contempt for the Traditional Text." He refers to their theory as "superstitious veneration for a few ancient documents."
Both men had sons who collected their personal correspondence and wrote biographies about them. According to Hort's son, Dr. Hort's own mother (a devout Bible believer) could not be sympathetic to his views about the Bible. They both were members of the High Church Party of the Church of England, which taught salvation by works while the Low Church Party taught salvation through personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Were Westcott and Hort Biblically saved men? NO! Many Church of England preachers were not true evangelicals. The High Church Party was well known to teach salvation by works. Within the Church of England there was a vigorous debate between true evangelicals and those who taught baptismal regeneration or some other system of works for salvation. In their lengthy writings, neither Westcott nor Hort EVER give an account of their own conversion. They never identified with the evangelicals in the Church of England. They were never accepted by the evangelicals in the Church of England. They were associated with various occult figures, but never with evangelicals.
While Westcott and Hort praised evolutionists, socialists and modernists, they were bitterly critical of evangelical soul winners. Westcott criticized the work of William Booth and the Salvation Army. Hort criticized the crusades of D.L. Moody and soul winning Methodists. According to Westcott's son Arthur, Dr. Westcott practiced the Communion of the Saints, which was a belief that you can fellowship with the spirits of those who died recently.
There was a great deal of strife within the English Revised Version Committee, which consisted of men from the Church of England, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, Methodists and one Unitarian. There was also a committee in the U.S. at the same time. Some translators threatened to quit, while some did quit due to the liberal slant overtaking the project and also because of the method of translation being used. The original chairman, Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, resigned after referring to the project as "this most miserable business."
Two men named Dr. Frederick Scrivener and Dean Burgon deeply opposed the changes being made and soon a battle of wits developed between Dr. Hort and Dr. Scrivener. Once the English Revision had been published, both Scrivener and Burgon published lengthy refutations of the Revision. The people of England largely rejected the new translation. Finally, attempts to make it the new Authorized Version of the Church of England met with such protest that Queen Victoria abandoned the idea.
Then in 1898 Eberhard Nestle published the Nestle Greek New Testament. He followed the Westcott and Hort New Greek text used for the English Revised Version. In 1950 Kurt Aland assumed ownership and the Nestle Text became the Nestle/Aland Text, where the editing committee was comprised of Aland, Matthew Black (both of whom were unbelievers) Roman Catholic Cardinal Carlo M. Martini and two apostates, Bruce Metzger and Alan Wikgren. Consider this mind-blowing fact: according to Rev. Jack A. Moorman's book "Missing in Modern Bibles-Is the Full Story Being Told?" the Nestle/Aland Greek Text is shorter than the Textus Recptus by 2,886 words. Those 2,886 are equivalent to the books of 1st and 2nd Peter combined!
Finally we come to the NIV Bible, which utilized the corrupt Westcott and Hort Greek text. Numerous corrupt or at least questionable manuscripts were used to put this together. One such publication was a lexicon by a Nazi officer named Rudolf Kittel called the Biblia Hebraica. I think we all know how the Nazi regime felt about the Jews! Hitler admitted to being a Catholic and claimed he was doing God's will by destroying the Jews as admitted in his book "Mein Kampf" and met with high-ranking Catholic officials about his plans. Here is a quote from his book:
"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
William Foxwell Albright, an archaeologist and Semitic scholar wrote this about Kittel:
"Kittel is even darker and more menacing than Goerring or Goebbels...[he credits Kittel with] the grim distinction of making extermination of the Jews theologically respectable."
See this web site for more:
The NIV Committee admitted to using an "eclectic" method of translation to put the NIV together meaning they picked and chose what they wanted in it to suite their vile needs for a New Age-like Bible. They devised a means of deceiving the reader by creating footnotes at the bottom of the pages in the NIV Bible that "suggest" that one or more verses do not appear in many manuscripts. This casts doubt on the reliability of not only the KJV but also on modern versions! The aim here is to show that we do not have the preserved Word of God at all, which is clearly visible in the Preface of the NIV Bible which says:
"Like ALL translations of the Bible, made as they are by imperfect man, this one undoubtedly falls short of its goals."
The NIV Committee had better speak for itself here, because that statement was a complete lie! And, this Preface was originally written in June 1978, but beneath it, it says (Revised August 1983). I wonder why? And get a load of this on the first page of the Preface in the first paragraph it reads:
"It (The NIV Bible) had its beginning in 1965 when, after several years of exploratory study by committees from the Christian Reformed Church and the National Association of Evangelicals, a group of scholars met at Palos Heights, Illinois, and concurred in the need for a new translation of the Bible in contemporary English. This group, though not made up of official church representatives, was TRANSDENOMINATIONAL. Its conclusion was endorsed by a large number of leaders from many denominations who met in Chicago in 1966."
Incredible! In NIV passages that do not feature fundamental doctrinal issues, the editors used the Majority Text (Received Text). This was a necessary mandate in order to comply with copyright regulations, which require that new versions contain a larger portion of the Traditional Text in order to be classified as Bibles. In selected verses containing essential doctrine the committee used minority texts that present a New Age philosophy.
The NIV has 64,098 fewer words than the King James Version Bible. Many times verses or whole passages appear in brackets, casting doubt on their validity to belong in scripture, that they are inspired. In fact, the NIV makes a point to claim that Mark 16:9-20 and John 7:53-8:11 do not appear in ancient manuscripts by inserting a bold line to separate it from the main text.
There is definitely a "spirit" at work behind the scenes in regards to the production of modern English Bibles. The NIV's Virginia Mollenkott lists a number of ways to "hear the Spirit" in her book "Sensuous Spirituality" through automatic writing by way of a Spirit Guide, the use of Tarot (pronounced tear-oh) cards, mystical experiences and so on. New Age Bibles will lead everyone to "a spirit" or "spirits" rather than "the Holy Ghost." There are evil spirits out there seizing the ungodly and using them to put forth these heretical New Age Bibles for unsuspecting born again believers to snatch off the shelves from local Christian book stores.
These evil spirits, which are also called devils, unclean spirits or familiar spirits are in actuality the fallen angels from heaven. From before creation there was God and angels period, not God, angels and a separate class of spirits where a portion of these fell. Sometime after creation, the Devil, or his given name by God, Satan, and his angels rebelled and "left their own habitation" (Jude 6) and are in the world working wonders and signs and deceiving the nations, possessing unsaved multitudes and causing people to do unspeakable things to each other. These evil spirits, fallen angels, are under subjection to God and Jesus and when they were here, the Apostles and even born again believers to this day. Fallen angels fear and tremble at the name of Jesus! When we call on the name of Jesus, the Devil and evil spirits have to flee! When we receive Jesus as our personal Saviour, we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (according to Peter) and we receive with him power. We should use that power to rebuke the Devil and his fallen angels when they work against us believers!
Expose the works of devils, witches, soothsayers, mediums, psychics; those in the church who say homosexuality is okay, those who do not confess that Jesus came in the flesh and that he is the Christ! Rebuke those fallen angels possessing unsaved people putting false Bibles out! Do it in the name of Jesus, just like Paul did, "I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out!" (Acts 16:18)
Sorry to get off subject there but I felt it was important to say all that.
Throughout the 1900's, an interesting affliction broke out among the people that wrote "new" Greek texts...the ability to speak...or speak very well! An article in Time magazine from July 1972 stated:
"Mysteriously half way through the paraphrase Kenneth Taylor lost his voice and STILL speaks in a hoarse whisper. A psychiatrist who examined him suggested that the voice failure was Taylor's psychological self-punishment for tampering with what he believed to be the Word of God."
Self-punishment, no, I would say divine justice from God! Don't think for a second God is just going to sit back and watch man tinker with his preserved Word! Philip Schaff, collaborator on the New Greek Committee and director of the American Standard Version, found himself the recipient of God's justice where his voice was "so affected that he could not speak in public so as to be heard." Philip Schaff wrote about a man named S.P. Tregelles who wrote a New Greek Text, and said, "he was scarcely able to speak audibly."
J.B. Phillips, author of "The New Testament in Modern English" wrote the following in his own autobiography titled "The Price of Success":
"I was still doing a fair measure of speaking in schools and churches until the late summer of 1961. And then quite suddenly my speaking, writing and communication powers stopped. I was not in panic but I was certainly alarmed, and when a few weeks rest brought no improvement I cancelled all speaking engagements for the rest of the year." Phillips also chronicled his battle with mental illness in his book.
What now follows is a quick check list of omissions in the NIV (and just for comparison's sake other translations:
Christ is omitted 25 times. The NASB omits Christ 34 times. Lord is omitted 352 times in the NIV and 438 times in the NASB. God is omitted 468 times in the NIV. Salvation is omitted 42 times in the NIV.
That is four important words (among many) and comes to a total of 887 times they are omitted! Amazing! Now, let's take a look at the readability of the NIV. Advocates of this dangerous translation claim it is easier to read. Let's put that to the test. How many syllables a word has will help to determine a verse's readability. Here are just a few Old Testament examples:
Exodus 32:6 (syllables)
NIV: indulge in revelry 8
KJV: rose up to play 4
NIV: regulations for
infectious skin diseases
and mildew 15
KJV: law of leprosy 5
2 Chronicles 2:2
NIV: conscripted 3
KJV: told 1
Now, you tell me, which version looks like it would be easier to memorize. I will be the first to admit that I am not that good at memorizing anything, but I can tell you that it would be (and is) easier to memorize the KJV text than NIV text, that's for sure!
In the KJV text where in a single verse, there will be one to two syllable words. BUT in the NIV in those SAME verses, there are two, three and even four times as many! Look at Hebrews 1:3 where the KJV has the word "purged" which means to cleanse or purify. But the NIV has "provided purification." There is 1 syllable in the KJV example while there are 8 in the NIV example. And look at Ephesians 4:16 where the KJV has the word "joint", while the NIV has "supporting ligament." The KJV example again has 1 syllable while the NIV example has 6. That is 14 syllables in just 4 words versus 2 syllables in 2 words. I could go on and on and on with examples like this.
In today's era of softening and watering down Biblical terms and meanings, leave it to New Agers to soften one of the most impactful words that scares them or offends them the most...devils! They hate it because it is the word God created to describe the Devil's angels (a.k.a. devils) and it is a Biblical word. Therefore it is changed in all modern English Bibles thanks to Westcott and Hort serving up the ground work for New Age Christian Bibles. Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (now deceased) was a Spiritualist and hailed as the queen of the New Age movement, did more to resurrect the ancient Mystery Teachings and interpret them for our time in a set of books which have become the Bibles of sorts, of the modern metaphysician or occultist.
The NIV Concordance editor John R. Kohlenberger conceded that this century's versions are a deviation from the text type used, as Blavatsky said, "for nearly 1500 years." He further acknowledged that, "a century ago nothing seriously threatened these standards." In her book "Secret Doctrine" Blavatsky states:
"The Church is wrong in calling them devils...the word demon however, as in the case of Socrates, and in the spirit of the meaning given to it by the whole of antiquity, stands for the Guardian Spirit or angel, not a Devil of Satanic descent as theology would have it. Demons is a very loose word to use, as it applies to minor gods...there are no devils."
Here is just an example from the Old Testament concerning the change in meaning from devils to demons or this as found in the NIV:
They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the GOAT IDOLS to whom they prostitute themselves."
Leviticus 17:7 KJV:
And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring.
Goat idols are you kidding?
The rest of this article now as I said earlier will cover selected Old Testament verses and then end with web sites for you to look at for further research. Go to Psalm 9:17.
The wicked shall be turned into HELL.
The wicked return to the GRAVE.
--It is common practice in new versions to turn hell into the grave, to weaken the eternal judgment of God on those who die without Christ. It is done in both the O.T. and the New Testament, where hell in the N.T. is turned into Hades, which is part of Greek mythology as representative of the underworld.
Psalm 12:6-7 tells us that God WILL preserve his eternal Word:
The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times. O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever.
Okay, the NIV version of that KJV verse just DOES NOT make a lick of sense. In verse 7, the word "them" (used twice) refers to the words of the Lord God. The NIV would rather a person be kept by the Lord than his eternal word. The flesh comes and goes, but God's Word lasts forever!
Micah 5:2 in the NIV will prove its utter disdain for the eternality of Jesus!
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come from me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose ORIGINS are from old, from ANCIENT times.
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from old, from EVERLASTING.
Did you see the HUGE difference there? The NIV says Jesus had a beginning, from way back when. Simply outrageous!
Here are some web sites for you to look at for more information on this subject: