Verse Comparisons


King James Bible vs. New International Version

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Scripture Verse King James Bible New International Version Comments
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. KJV Avoid every kind of evil. NIV One can be innocent of wrongdoing, APPEAR to be guilty. The KJV wants us to not only avoid being guilty, but to avoid even LOOKING guilty.
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. KJV Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit , was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. NIV The NIV leaves us wondering "whose body" did Christ appear in? Also says He was "vindicated by the Spirit" Although this word can be used here, it is not the best word to convey Christs' complete innocence. To be Vindicated leaves a hint of guilt. A very different meaning than being "justified" which is to "be free from guilt or blame." The NIV also tells us Christ was taken up "in glory," or majestically we could say, but where did He go? We find the answer in the KJV, He went "INTO glory!"
1 Timothy 5:9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man. KJV No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, NIV The NIV does not care how many "husbands" she has had, but the KJV makes it clear, "one man."
2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. KJV so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. NIV The Greek meaning of "perfect" is "to be completely qualified. To be what they are supposed to be so they may serve their intended purpose." The KJV suggests "being sent" while the NIV suggests "going on one's own."
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. KJV Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. NIV Folks the NIV does not tell the whole story. The Greek word "Energo" is correctly translated by the KJV as "effectual fervent" and means: "the inspired prayer wrought by the power of the Holy Spirit." Any prayer that comes about by the Holy Spirit is much more powerful than any we can muster on our own. You need to know this!
2 Peter 1:21 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. KJV For prophecy never had it's origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. NIV The NIV does not tell you these were HOLY men. Also the NIV reads like the Holy Spirit was pulling them along in a cart or some such thing. These men were moved in their spirits!
1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. KJV For there are three that testify: NIV The NIV does not tell you where these three "testify," who they are, or the fact that "these three are one."
1 John 5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. KJV the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. The NIV leaves out much vital information in verses 7 & 8. Among other things missing is the fact that these three are "one." This description in the NIV is NOT the God of the Bible!!
Revelation 13:1 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. KJV And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. NIV In the KJV we are told that John, the author of Revelation, stood upon the sand. The NIV disputes this, saying it was Satan who stood on the shore. Two VERY different statements.
Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and faith of the saints. KJV If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. NIV The KJV is talking about consequences of actions and the fact that God will repay. It is an encouragement to those faithful that Satan will not always have free reign. The NIV on the other hand seems to be saying that whatever has been decided, will be carried out. Who decided? The "court?" The "council?" You can be sure the Anti-Christ is lurking behind the scenes.
Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. KJV Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. NIV KJV states they had ONE name in their foreheads, God's name. The NIV states there were TWO names, the name of the Lamb, and God's name. Now if they would tell us; "Who is this 'Lamb' of the NIV?"
Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints, KJV and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: "Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. NIV In the KJV the "Lord God Almighty" is King of His people, the saints. In the NIV there is not mentioned a king of the saints, only a "king of the ages." Sounds like God's time of authority has passed with the ages, and he rules over no one today.

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