The evidence of History, including the letter from the King James Bible Translators of 1611 shows that the King James Bible is NOT a
version of God's Word. The King James Bible is in fact THE very Words of God. There are those who oppose this very idea but they are either biased, misinformed, undereducated, or too scholarly to allow room for Truth.
It is one thing to refer to the King James Bible as a
version when speaking or writing to the critics who only want to destroy trust in the Bible, for they are unlearned on the subject and using their terms is helpful in communication. However, it is important that Christians not be deceived into thinking they have only a
version of what God said and wanted us to know. Even if I doubted that the King James Bible was anything less than the very words of God, which I do not doubt in the least, then I had rather err on the side of caution. Someday we will stand before the Lord in the Judgment and there will be no excuses accepted for dismissing His Word, that has cost so much, for one of the counterfeit versions. If we do not believe the fact that we have the very Words of God, then we are easy prey for the enemy to jerk us around any way he wants and to eventually accept one of his counterfeits, even abandon the faith once delivered to the Saints (which many have already done).
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. ~ James 1:5
...with God as their help, they weeded out the inaccuracies, the misprints, the forgeries, and the deliberate additions and deletions of God's Word. In this process they rejected many of the Manuscripts and some of the Bible translations that were highly praised by some other people of the day.
God gladly gives wisdom to those who are His and who ask Him, and that is just what the King James Bible Translators of 1611 did ask of God before and during their task of translating and compiling the King James Bible. Being fully equipped by the Holy Spirit, the King James Bible Translators were able to bring before the committee the many and various translations of the day, as well as the original Manuscripts (MSS). From these sources, and with God as their help, they weeded out the inaccuracies, the misprints, the forgeries, and the deliberate additions and deletions of God's Word. In this process they rejected many of the Manuscripts and some of the Bible translations that were highly praised by some other people of the day.
Now with the original manuscripts and Bibles which proved authentic at hand, these Translators state that they then
perfected that which was already good in many places. The result of their SEVEN years of labor gave the world the King James Bible.
Some are claiming that the King James Bible of 1611 is not the same Bible that we hold today. But perhaps those who make such claims are not fully informed or is it they work to deceive? The King James Bible of 1611 has never undergone a revision although some claim otherwise the facts do not support their claims. It has however had four occasions of Grammatical corrections, spelling corrections, spelling changes, and typeface changes, which in no way influenced the message of the translation and such changes are nothing more than
EDITIONS of the King James Bible. The first such correction was overseen by two of the original translators and took place in 1629 for the purpose of correcting SPELLING ERRORS. In those days printing by mechanical means was in its infancy and spelling errors were common due to the complex process.
Then just nine years later in 1638 there were a few remaining printing errors corrected and some textual corrections involving individual words here and there. An example of some of the textual changes would be
this thing became
this thing also. and
thy right doeth became
thy right hand doeth. This all happened within twenty seven years of the original printing of the King James Bible.
In the year 1762 we see the spelling of words somewhat standardized in the English Language. This standardization of the Language was reflected in the King James Bible and was finished in 1769. The
thousands of changes many want you to become alarmed over were nothing more than printing, spelling and a few textual changes as stated previously, nothing more. No doctrines or teachings were changed or impacted at all. Therefore we have printed EDITIONS of the King James Bible, but no REVISIONS. There is a huge difference.
An example of spelling changes would be changing from a
u to a
v, or leaving the
e off the end of many words as we do today. In accordance with the spelling practices of the era we see the word
evil was spelled
fear was spelled
feare etc in the first printing. These don't even compare to the changes in modern versions of today.
Any of the otherBiblesthat did not come from the same sources as the King James Bible, or were not translated into another language from it, are called Bibleversionsbecause they are just that, a VERSION of what God said...
The primary reasons for the differences in the many versions of today is the fact that the underlying manuscripts are not the same as those used for the 1611 King James Bible. All of the text from the modern versions has been filtered through two men named Westcott and Hort who claimed to be Christians but privately believed and lived lives reflecting the opposite to be true. Theirs is the counterfeit text corrupted from beginning to end, yet ALL modern versions can be traced back to the work of these two men which was published in 1881. I recommend doing a search and looking into these men and their unbelieving and ungodly lives. It is the Byzantine or Received Text that is pure and protected by God, and makes up our King James Bible. Don't settle for any other.
Any of the other
Bibles that did not come from the same sources as the King James Bible, or were not translated into another language from it, are called Bible
versions because they are just that, a VERSION of what God said, as interpreted through tainted manuscripts and the thoughts of unbelievers some of whom profess to be believers. The Bible describes such as
the best, or
the most reliable.
We acknowledge the fact that the majority of the many versions of the Bible today contain varying amounts of the Word of God and that a repentant seeker can truly be saved by reading and hearing them preached. However the Bible teaches us that when we grow in the knowledge of the Lord we are to seek the meat of the Word.1 A Born Again Christian desires nothing more than to glorify and please the Lord who died for them so let us be encouraged to do so by embracing His full complete and accurate Words which He preserved with the blood of the Saints over the centuries. Why would a true Christian want anything else?
It is the King James Bible. It is Not a Version and it doesn’t matter which EDITION you read just be faithful to read. Don’t be alarmed or thrown off guard when the blasphemers ask you which version of the King James Bible you read. They mock by asking is it the 1611 version, the 1629 version, the 1638 version, or perhaps the 1762 or 1769 version. None of the changes over the years in the King James Bible amount to the changes one would encounter when translating into another language. As for the mockers, simply tell them that you read the King James Bible and there is only one “version” but you read from the edition with the spelling and grammar standardized. The important thing is that no part of the message found in the original 1611 King James Bible has been changed and is still intact in whatever edition of the King James Bible you may read today. ~ JimO
...but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. ~ Isaiah 66:2b
- 1 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. ~ Hebrews 5:12-14