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Notable Errors introduced into the Bible

Updated on February 24, 2016

God's PERSONAL Name occurs nearly 7,000 times in the Hebrew texts..

 

It is indeed VERY IMPORTANT to be ACCURATE when we communicate with others. Years ago in primary school, I remember a certain text book that contained an error, it was amusing to see the confusion that that caused, until THE ERROR WAS REALIZED.

 

NOT ALL ERRORS have an amusing twist however, and SOME ERRORS have led to false imprisonment and even loss of life.

 

SOURCE OF LIFE

 

Almighty God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob [Exodus 6:2, 3], the Creator of heaven and earth [Revelation 4:11], has given us His THOUGHTS as recorded by inspired men of long ago [2 Timothy 3:16]

These THOUGHTS have been preserved for us by skilled and meticulous

copyists called Masoretes or Sofers. These manuscripts are in Hebrew, Greek and a little Aramaic. These ancient manuscripts available today---perhaps 6,000 of the entire Hebrew scriptures or portions of it and some 5,000 of the Christian Scriptures in Greek.

 

The Task to TRANSLATE these into OTHER TONGUES requires GREAT CARE so that ACCURACY IS maintained.

 

Let us investigate some ERRORS in one such TRANSLATION.  Wikipedia encyclopaedia is quoted below.

 

Sir Godfry Driver wrote <http://www.bible-researcher.com/driver1.html>: "The Reformers preferred Jehovah, which first appeared as Iehouah in 1530 in Tyndale's translation of the Pentateuch (Exodus 6.3), from which it passed into other Protestant Bibles." The English transcription "Iehovah” is found in the 1611 edition of the King James Bible, and during the 1762-1769 edit of the KJV <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KJV>, the spelling "Iehovah" was changed to "Jehovah" (in accordance with the general differentiation of I/J and U/V into separate letters which developed over the course of the 17th century in English). Thus began a period where the word was rendered: "Jehovah <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah>". The Jerusalem Bible (1966 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966>) uses Yahweh exclusively

 

 

The editors of the Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon <http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-7/264290/BDBYahwehtrimmed.jpg> state that JHWH occurs 6518 times in the Masoretic Text <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masoretic_Text>. While JHWH occurs 6518 times in the Masoretic Text that underlies all editions of the King James Bible, JEHOVAH [in all capitals letters] only occurs 4 times in current editions of the King James Bible <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_James_Bible>: Exodus 6:3 and Psalm 83:18 and Isaiah 12:2 and Isaiah 26:4 (and three more times in place-names). (The King James Bible which is commonly sold in bookstores is an 18th century spelling and punctuation revision of the King James Bible of 1611) Instead of YHWH or Jehovah, the expression "The Lord" (with the word "Lord" in all capital letters) has commonly been used in most English-language Bible translations.

 

"IEHOVAH" [in all capital letters]. In the King James bible of 1611, the tetragrammaton is predominantly translated (over 6,500 times) as LORD or GOD, all in capital letters e.g. Exodus 6:2, Psalm 110:1, Psalm 113:1, Proverbs 18:10, et al. Four times it is transcribed as JEHOVAH: Exodus 6:3, Psalm 83:18, Isaiah 12:2, and Isaiah 26:4.

 

NOTABLE ERRORS

 

Take for example 1 John 5:7 where some VERY LATE manuscripts have the SPURIOUS insertion

[--- in heaven- the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one]. And we have three witnesses on earth.

The King James version of the Holy Bible has this SPURIOUS insertion, along with a few other TRANSLATIONS.

You can SEE this for yourself by READING different Bible TRANSLATIONS, example New Living Translation, Tyndale publishers 1996.

Another of these SPURIOUS insertions is at Revelation 1: 11; here the King James version along with MANY OTHER translations have INSERTED "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” When one READS other TRANSLATIONS one WILL appreciate the NEED for

further RESEARCH to IDENTIFY the EXTENT of FALSE and MISLEADING INSERTIONS in SOME Bible TRANSLATIONS.

This is VERY IMPORTANT since, ONLY Bible TRUTHS can lead to an ACCURATE

understanding of Almighty God's thoughts, and for us to really PLEASE Him and TRULY benefit

ourselves. John 4: 23, 24. John 17:3.

Almighty God's Words the Bible contains NO CONTRADICTIONS. Any PERCEIVED

contradiction can be attributed to human ERRORS.

 

 

The English scholar Isaac Newton, best known today for his many contributions to mathematics and physics, also wrote extensively on Biblical matters. In a 1690 treatise entitled An Historical Account of Two Notable Corruptions of Scripture, Newton observed:

"In all the vehement universal and lasting controversy about the Trinity in Jerome's time and both before and long enough after it, this text of the 'three in heaven' was never once thought of. It is now in everybody’s mouth and accounted the main text for the business and would assuredly have been so too with them, had it been in their books."[9]

Newton's history of the Comma Johanneum reflects his belief that Church history was one of progressive decay from a pure original and that the Comma was introduced, intentionally or by accident, into a Latin text during the fourth or fifth century, a time when he believed the Church to be ripe with corruption.[10]

 

 

 Let us take for instance the rendering of

John 1: 1. The 'New Testament' was rendered from Greek manuscripts, the Greek word THEOS

with the definite article HO refers to God Almighty, whilst THEOS without the definite article, refers

to "like a god" or "god-like" or "a god". So, then, in the beginning the Word was, [this agrees with

Revelation 3: 14; Colossians 1: 15] the Word was with God Almighty, and the Word was... LIKE

a god. Looking at Psalm 82: 1, 6 and John 10: 34, 35, 36; John 5: 30 we see AGREEMENT.

Indeed MANY OTHER examples exist.

Modern paraphrase Bibles have taken liberties that at times alter the original meaning. Some translators have allowed personal beliefs to colour their renderings. But these weaknesses can be identified by comparison of a variety of translations.  

 

Please COMPARE 1 Timothy 3:16 in KJV, NIV, NWT, Tyndale etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends, if we search diligently God’s Holy Writings [Bible], we cannot

fail to see God’s TRUTH [John 17:17; Psalm 119:160; John 18:37]. 

Take for instance the fallacy of the Trinity, misled men have even changed

parts of the Bible to try to support this FALLACY.

 

Revelation 1:11

 

Revelation 1:11 (American Standard Version)

 11 saying, What thou seest, write in a book and send it to the seven churches: unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamum, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

Revelation 1:11 (King James Version)

 11Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

The difference in the above can be clearly seen. This spurious insertion,

is only found in the King James Version, Amplified Version, Gideon Bibles

and a few others. The error can be traced to a handful of manuscripts out

of greater than five thousand available today, namely the so-called Textus

Receptus.

 

1 John 5:7 so-called Comma Johanneum

 

1 John 5:7 (New Century Version)

7 So there are three witnesses:[a]

Footnotes:

  1. 1 John 5:7 So . . . witnesses A few very late Greek copies and the Latin Vulgate continue, "in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three witnesses agree. 8And there are three witnesses on earth:"

1 John 5:7 (American Standard Version)

 7 And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is the truth.

1 John 5:7 (New Living Translation)

7 So we have these three witnesses[a]

Footnotes:

  1. 1 John 5:7 A few very late manuscripts add in heaven—the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. And we have three witnesses on earth.

1 John 5:7 (English Standard Version)

7For there are three that testify:

You need not guess what the KJV says.

1 John 5:7 (King James Version)

 7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

 

The above addition as far as I can tell was inspired alright, but NOT by God Almighty JEHOVAH. John 8:44,

 

1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Thessalonians 2:9- 12 etc. come to mind.

1 Timothy 3:16

1 Timothy 3:16 (New Living Translation)

 16 Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith[a]:

   Christ[b] was revealed in a human body
      and vindicated by the Spirit.[c]
   He was seen by angels
      and announced to the nations.
   He was believed in throughout the world
      and taken to heaven in glory.

1 Timothy 3:16 (American Standard Version)

 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; He who was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the spirit, Seen of angels, Preached among the nations, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

1 Timothy 3:16 (New International Version)

16Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:
   He[a] appeared in a body,[b]
      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.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Timothy 3:16 Some manuscripts God
  2. 1 Timothy 3:16 Or in the flesh

1 Timothy 3:16 (English Standard Version)

16Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:

   (A) He[a] was manifested in the flesh,
   vindicated[b] by the Spirit,[c]

      (B) seen by angels,
(C) proclaimed among the nations,
   (D) believed on in the world,

      (E) taken up in glory.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Timothy 3:16 Greek Who; some manuscripts God; others Which
  2. 1 Timothy 3:16 Or justified
  3. 1 Timothy 3:16 Or vindicated in spirit

1 Timothy 3:16 (Contemporary English Version)

16Here is the great mystery of our religion:

   Christ [a] came as a human. The Spirit proved

   that he pleased God,

   and he was seen by angels.

   Christ was preached

   to the nations.

   People in this world

   put their faith in him,

   and he was taken up to glory.

   

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Timothy 3:16 Christ: The Greek text has "he," probably meaning "Christ." Some manuscripts have "God."

 

I need not state what the KJV and other

versions have.              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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      True Truthseeker 8 years ago

      God told Adam and Eve, (two living souls) that they would “surely die” if they disobeyed Him. (Gen. 2:17) It is the soul, the sentient being, the will or mind of a man which is responsible for sin, and it is the soul, therefore, which is to bear the penalty of sin. That penalty is distinctly stated to be death. “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:28) “The soul that sinneth it shall die.” Ezek. 18:4

      From this standpoint we can see that Adam was created mortal—in a condition in which death was a possibility. Had Adam remained obedient he would have continued living forever, everlastingly—and yet all the while he would have been mortal, liable to death if he became disobedient.

      Because he was not immortal God’s threat that if he disobeyed he should die, meant something. It meant the loss of the spark or “breath of life,” without which the body would return to dust and the living soul or sentient being would cease. Had Adam been immortal, God’s sentence would have been an empty threat. But because Adam was mortal, liable to death, he died because of his disobedience.

      What is the Death State?

      King David said of death: “His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth, in that very day his thoughts perish.” (Psa. 14:6) If immortal, the thoughts of a man would not perish, but would go on to another state of being. Solomon said: “There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave whither thou goest.” The dead are not conscious, for both the body and the mind of a man cease to exist at death. “For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing ...” Eccl. 9:5, 10

      The Apostle Paul describes death as “sleep.” “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [dead], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope… For the Lord himself shall descend [at his second coming] from heaven with a shout... and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” (1 Thes. 4:13, 16) If the dead were conscious, then they would have no need to be raised.

      Hope Beyond the Grave

      Although the Scriptures do not support the thought that the soul is immortal, they do abound with the hope of a resurrection from death in due time. “God will redeem my soul [that sentient being which had been alive] from the grave [sheol—the condition of death].” Psa. 49:15

      When Jesus “poured out his soul [being] unto death” “he made his soul an offering for sin” and became our ransom-price. (Isa. 53:10,12) This was necessary, because it was Adam’s soul that was sentenced to death, and the promise to mankind is a redemption of soul or being from the power of death. Therefore, Jesus’ soul, life, was poured out in death. The penalty of Adam’s sin was death (everlasting,) and when Jesus took his place he became subject to that penalty—eternal death. Jesus, as a man, then, in order to redeem man had to give up forever his human existence.

      The Bible declares that as all of Adam’s race share by heredity in his death penalty, so they all shall be permitted to share in recovery from the power of the grave as they learn of and accept Christ. As Paul expressed: “As by a man comes death, by a man also comes the resurrection of the dead; for as all in Adam die, even so shall all in Christ be made alive.” ICor. 15:21-23

      Immortality Brought to Light

      The Apostle Paul explains that the term immortality had no application before the resurrection of Jesus. Our Lord received immortality at his resurrection as a reward for his faithful obedience “unto death, even the death of the cross.” “Wherefore, God hath highly exalted him [to the promised divine nature, at his resurrection], and given him a name that is above every name [Jehovah’s name excepted].” 1 Cor. 15:27; Heb. 12:3,2; 2 Cor. 8:9; Phil. 2:8,9

      Paul declares that Jesus “abolished death [broke its hold on man] and brought (1) life and (2) immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Tim. 1:10) This shows that: (1) life in perfection, lasting life, is separate and distinct from (2) immortality, indestructibility. In addition, it shows that neither of these great blessings had been disclosed or made accessible previous to the gospel.

      The Offer of Everlasting Life: Perfect Humanity

      During God’s Kingdom on earth, His plan of salvation for the general race of Adam is to extend to each member of it the offer of everlasting life through the precious blood of the Lamb. Adam’s race will be offered “restitution” (Acts 3:19-21) to perfect human life—the same that Adam possessed before his fall from grace. Restitution in its ultimate sense will bring the restored ones not only out of the grave, but also out of their sick and dying condition.

      By the close of God’s thousand year Kingdom, all the obedient of mankind shall have attained all that was lost in Adam and redeemed by Christ. Then, armed with complete knowledge and experience, all will be fully able, as individuals, to stand the test of obedience. They will not be rewarded with immortal life, but will be granted everlasting life here upon the earth as long as they remain obedient.

      The Offer of Immortality: A New Creation

      God purposes not only to give the world of mankind life everlasting, but to give the faithful followers of Jesus a higher kind of life—immortality, the divine nature. Immortality is “brought to light” for this special class only, the Church, which, by God’s wonderful favor, is now being called, tested, and selected to be joint-heirs with Christ. This inherent life is referred to by our Lord: “As the Father hath life in himself [immortality] so hath he given unto the Son that he should have life in himself [immortality]” and that he should give it unto whomsoever he would—his bride, his Church. (John 5:26; Eph. 3:6) Paul tells Christians to “seek” this gift from Christ and to “put on” immortality, implying that they did not already have it inherently. Rom. 2:5-7; 1 Cor. 15:51-55

      The hope of the Church, Christ’s bride, is that she will share in his glory, honor and immortality if faithful. It is written respecting “the resurrection” of the Church: “It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption [immortality]: it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural [animal] body; it is raised a spiritual body.” 1 Cor. 15:42-44,49; Rev. 2:10

      What a glorious prospect! Then, “the Spirit [Christ] and the Bride say, Come... And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Rev. 22:17

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