Introduction to the KJB

Introduction to the King James Bible Issue

This will just be a basic introduction to, what many people call, the “King James Bible issue”. There are 2 sides to this issue, the people who believe the King James Bible is the Inspired, perfect, pure word of God(containing all the pure words of God in it), and the people who believe it is simply a translation that contains its own errors. People on both sides vary on their positions, but everyone basically falls into either of those.

Pro 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Pro 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

The Bible teaches that every single word of God is pure. Jesus, in 3 of the gospels teaches that “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Mat. 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33) The Bible even mentions the jot and tittle as being protected by him until the passing of heaven and earth. (Mat. 5:18) Clearly, God means to preserve his words. The problem is that there are people who think that God’s inspired words no longer exist. The Bible teaches that He will keep them, and “preserve them from this generation for ever”. (Psalm 12:6-7) To believe God has somehow failed to keep and preserve his words is completely unbiblical.

From this point stems another point. You see, people in the world today accept any “bible” as God’s word. Even with the 1000s of differences they still pretend they are all equal. This is the heart and soul of the “King James Only” movement. Only the KJB has the perfection and purity required in God’s word. Only the KJB has the background expressed in God’s word. God did not write multiple Bibles. He wrote one, and He has never failed to preserve it. This article will prove all of those points with the Bible.

The perfection and purity of the King James Bible

Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

According to this verse, God doesn’t contradict himself. He doesn’t say one thing, and then do something else. And since He is the author of His word, this should also be true for the Bible. Many times, however, it is not (In modern versions). Modern Versions quite frequently contradict themselves.

KJB Joh 7:8Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.

Joh 7:10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

ASV Joh 7:8Go ye up unto the feast: I go not up unto this feast; because my time is not yet fulfilled.

Joh 7:10 But when his brethren were gone up unto the feast, then went he also up, not publicly, but as it were in secret.

ESV Joh 7:8You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.”

Joh 7:10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.

NIV John 7:8 You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.”

John 7:10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.

 

The contradiction is obvious. The ASV, ESV, and NIV (with many other versions) contradict themselves, and cause Jesus Christ to become a liar. I have a problem with that. Jesus is my Saviour. He is perfect. He is infallible. And yet certain bibles call him a liar. Another problem verse is John 3:16. Yes, that well known verse about God’s love.

KJB Joh 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
ASV Joh 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.
ESV Joh 3:16“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
NIV John 3: 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

You may not see the problem immediately; with this verse it will be easier.

Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

When I believed on Christ, I became a son of God. How can Jesus be the only son? The ESV and NIV both err here. They claim that Christ is God’s only son. The KJB has it right by saying that Christ is God’s “only begotten son”. Already 2 contradictions have been found, and if a thorough search was made, hundreds would be revealed, but for this article it will suffice.

The background of the King James Bible

The story of the King James Bible is far too long to write here. Large books have been written about it and that is not what I intend to do right now. The KJB translation was started in 1604. King James himself had the translation begun. 54 of the best scholar, and religious leaders were chosen to translate, but only 47 participated. They had strict rules to abide by when translating. And one important factor is that these men were godly men, living separated lives. Some prayed hours every day. One read the entire Bible in Hebrew by the age of 6. All of them knew multiple languages. If you were looking at any translations being done today, you would not find this type of Knowledge and purity in the translators.

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

This verse shows us that the all scripture is given by Inspiration of God. Many people take exception with this, and they claim the KJB translators did not claim God’s Inspiration while translating. That is simply an error on their part. This is what the translators had to say about this:

“Neither did we think much to consult the Translators or Commentators, Chaldee, Hebrew, Syrian, Greek or Latin, no nor the Spanish, French, Italian, or Dutch; neither did we disdain to revise that which we had done, and to bring back to the anvil that which we had hammered: but having and using as great helps as were needful, and fearing no reproach for slowness, nor coveting praise for expedition, we have at length, through the good hand of the Lord upon us, brought the work to that pass that you see.”1

They certainly did claim God’s guidance during the translation. That is how God preserves his word. He inspires the translators. God moves them. That is the only way for anyone to receive scripture; through the Holy Ghost’s giving of it. Clearly that was what these translators worried about. They cared for what the Lord led them to do, not about speed or praise of their efforts. After reading the following verses you will see that this method was the correct and Biblical method.

2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

2Pe 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.

The scripture is given by God, but man must carry out his will, by speaking it, and then it was written down. The translators also claimed that this Bible would be the principle one.

“Truly (good Christian Reader) we never thought from the beginning, that we should need to make a new Translation, nor yet to make of a bad one a good one…but to make a good one better, or out of many good ones, one principal good one…”2

No other Bible that I have ever heard of has this background. No other Bible was issued by a king (“Where the word of a king is, there is power”. [Ecc. 8:4]) ; no other Bible had such a knowledgeable group of translators; no other Bible translators claimed to be making a principle Bible. The rich history of the KJB is one reason why it should be accepted, and the rest rejected. God’s people have accepted it for 400 years, and God has blessed it.

God’s word, the KJB

One point that many bring up is that of saying all (or many) of the translations are good. To believe that point would be to deny many passages in scripture. The following is one of the clearest.

Pro 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Pro 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

According to this passage, the Bible must remain the same. No one is allowed to add to it, and in Rev. 22:18-19 it says to not take away from it. Every version of the Bible has done that except the KJB. The KJB has never had words added to it or taken away. The NIV has been “updated” countless time, yet the KJB has stayed the same.3 Why is that? It is because KJB users take their Bible seriously. They don’t want some man adding to God’s word.

Every word of God is pure” is what the Bible teaches. Therefore, if every word is important, when versions differ, only one can be right. Only one of the many versions of the Bible we have can be these pure words. I have accepted the KJB by faith, but I have based my faith in the infallibility found in the KJB. There are contradictions in almost every modern version. All of them are less precise (this is caused by the removing of the singular and plural differentials in words [thee, thou, eth, est]). Most add quotation marks, as if the whole Bible is not God’s word, but just a story book. The translators, many times don’t even believe the Bible. None of those problems are in the KJB.

Some claim it is harder to understand, but that is a baseless remark. The KJB is rated at 5th grade English. Many of the modern versions are rated at much higher grades. I am going to make one more point as to why we should accept the KJB and reject the rest.

The Spirit behind the KJB

The Bible teaches that the spirit of God will always confess that Christ is God; it will always lift up Christ. Since the Bible is given by Inspiration (You see spirit in the word?), the God’s word would do the same.

1Jn 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

The following is not my own. It is a comparative chart of the different version, and it shows where many fail to lift up Christ.

Some people have objected to me comparing the NWT with the NIV and NASB. They complain that the NWT is an “obvious” corruption of Scripture on the part of the Jehovah’s Witness cult. Instead of complaining about the comparison, they should be wondering why the NIV and NASB so frequently agree with the NWT.

I have noticed that in some cases, different editions may not treat a verse the same way. This table represents the verses as I have them in my printed editions (NIV 1984, NASB 1977, NWT 1984).”

 

AV (King James)

New International

New American Standard

New World Translation

Mt 1:25

firstborn son

a son

a Son

a son

Mt 8:29

Jesus, thou Son of God

Son of God

Son of God

Son of God

Mt 13:51

Yea, Lord

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mt 16:20

Jesus the Christ

the Christ

the Christ

the Christ

Mk 9:24

Lord, I believe

I do believe

I do believe

I have faith

Mk 11:10

that cometh in the name of the Lord

coming

coming

coming

Lk 4:41

Thou art Christ the Son of God

You are the Son of God

You are the Son of God

You are the Son of God

Lk 7:31

the Lord said

OMITTED

OMITTED

OMITTED

Lk 22:31

the Lord said

OMITTED

OMITTED

OMITTED

Lk 23:42

he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me

Jesus, remember me

Jesus, remember me

Jesus, remember me

Jn 4:42

the Christ, the Saviour

the Savior

the Savior

the Savior

Jn 6:69

Christ, the Son of the Living God

Holy One of God

Holy One of God

Holy One of God

Jn 9:35

Son of God

Son of Man

Son of Man

Son of man

Ac 16:31

Lord Jesus Christ

Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus

Ro 1:16

gospel of Christ

gospel

gospel

good news

1Co 15:47

the second man is the Lord from heaven

the second man from heaven

the second man is from heaven

the second man is out of heaven

1Co 16:22

Lord Jesus Christ

Lord

Lord

Lord

1Co 16:23

Lord Jesus Christ

Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus

2Co 4:6

Jesus Christ

Christ

Christ

Christ

2Co 5:18

Jesus Christ

Christ

Christ

Christ

2Co 11:31

Lord Jesus Christ

Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus

Eph 3:9

created all things by Jesus Christ

created all things

created all things

created all things

Eph 3:14

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

Father

Father

Father

Co 1:2

Lord Jesus Christ

OMITTED

OMITTED

OMITTED

Co 1:28

Christ Jesus

Christ

Christ

Christ

1Th 2:19

Lord Jesus Christ

Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus

1Th 3:11

Lord Jesus Christ

Lord Jesus

Jesus our Lord

Lord Jesus

1Th 3:13

Lord Jesus Christ

Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus

2Th 1:8

Lord Jesus Christ

Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus

1Ti 2:7

truth in Christ

truth

truth

truth

2Ti 4:1

Lord Jesus Christ

Christ Jesus

Christ Jesus

Christ Jesus

He 3:1

Christ Jesus

Jesus

Jesus

Jesus

1Pe 5:10

Christ Jesus

Christ

Christ

Christ

1Jo 1:7

Jesus Christ

Jesus

Jesus

Jesus

 

As you can see, the KJB does the most lifting up of our Saviour. This is, by far, not an exhaustive study, but my hope is that it will cause some to think about which Bible they are using. God’s word is important. Many people just read whichever bible they feel like, but that is not right. He didn’t write 100 contradicting Bibles, God wrote one pure, inspired word. If you want a contradicting Bible then you can have one, but I have chosen to place my faith in a Bible that has never been proven to have an error, even after 400 years of history. Praise God for the KJB.

1The translators to the readers (The preface to the KJB)

 

2The translators to the readers (The preface to the KJB)

 

3The KJB has had spelling changes, but the text has remained exactly the same.

 

 

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