Italicized words in the Authorized Bible

Italicized words in the Authorized Bible

Can the italicized words in the KJB be removed? Do we need them? Perhaps you have heard they were added to God’s word and that you can remove them when you so desire. That is not true. God put them there for a reason. Look at the verses below to see why they are required.

1Jn 3:16  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Nice verse, right? Let’s see what it looks like without the italicized words. I will place a * where the italicized words were.

1Jn 3:16  Hereby perceive we the love * *,  because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down * lives for the brethren.

(1-* *) Whose love do we perceive? Without the italicized words “of God” we would have to make a guess.

(2-*) Suddenly you have an Islamic type religion with christians laying down lives for the brethren. “Our” is definitely a required word.

The very next verse also has a problem if the italicized words are removed.

1Jn 3:17  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Now let’s look at the verse without italicized words.

1Jn 3:17  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels * * from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

If you think that the qualifier “of compassion” should be removed then you have a malfunctioning brain. That is all that needs to be said about that.

In the following verse I will simply place a * next to the italicized word.

Deu 8:3  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word* that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

Now look at Jesus quote that verse.

Luk 4:4  And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Jesus Christ quoted a passage of scripture and he included the italicized word. Clearly Jesus believes the italicized words are part of scripture. I’ll trust Jesus over some scholar any day.

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