Let me start by saying that I believe in the Bible 100%, I believe that it is God’s words written by men under the supervision and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
However, I am of the opinion that there are way too many modern translations of the Bible, again God Almighty especially in this dispensation of grace is known for His mercies which mankind has taken for granted in many ways. I have never been a fan of many of these modern translations of the Bible including NIV, my personal favourite still is the King James Version of the Bible that has all the “thou” or “th” am sure you know what I mean 🙂
The NIV happens to be the most popular version of the Bible on earth today which in itself is a good thing as long as it is helping people to experience God on a personal level. The basic reason I wrote this post is to state that in my humble opinion, the super-learned scholars that worked on the NIV Bible may have erred to have either left out certain verses or moved them to the footer and in some cases watered down their meaning all in the name of modern language.
A while back I received a message that out rightly suggested that the NIV Bible should not be used by Christians because its commercial rights is owned by Harper Collins (Zondervan), the same guys that publish materials that are totally anti-God plus the fact that its translators did deliberately water down the scriptures. At that point, I did not take that message seriously, so I simply ignored it and moved on.
However, recently I got a newsletter from Bible Gateway (which I recommend you subscribe to) that had an article which tried to justify the need for modern translations of the Bible especially with respect to new Christians. After reading this article, I decided to delve deeper and really find out for myself if truly there were certain omissions in the NIV. Luckily, for me I have The New Hendrickson Parallel 4-in-1 Bible that contains the King James Version, New King James Version, New International Version and the New Living Translation Version so I decided to check things out myself.
So what did I find?
The following verses were left out:
1. Matthew 17:21: “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
2. Matthew 18:11: “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.”
3. Matthew 23:14: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.”
4. Mark 7:16: “If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.”
6. Mark 9:46: “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”
7. Mark 11:26: “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
8. Mark 15:28: “And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.”
9. Luke 17:36: “Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”
10. John 5:4: “For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.”
11. Acts 8:37: “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
12. Acts 15:34: “Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.”
13. Acts 24:7: “But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,”
14. Acts 28:29: “And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.”
15. Romans 16:24: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
16. I 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.”
I am personally not impressed that the NIV translators decided to leave out these profound verses.
I also found a number of websites that left me marvelled which I would refer you to below incase you wish to dig deeper:
- A more comprehensive list of omitted verses
- Which Bible verses did the NIV delete?
- WHOLE Bible verses deleted in the NIV
- NIV Exposed!
- Why Would Anyone Use the NIV?
- The Disappearing Bible
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.Revelation 22:18-19 King James Version (KJV)
What is my point in all this?
I want Christians to be aware that man will do more in the days ahead to water God’s word and make it acceptable to all irrespective of race, beliefs or sexual preferences.
The King James Version will be considered too harsh and unfriendly that some pastors in order to remain relevant will generally not use it to preach God’s word anymore.
I am not saying that all using NIV or other new translations are evil and headed for hell – all I want is for all who come across this to be aware that certain verses were indeed omitted, so that they don’t continue reading God’s word in ignorance. If you are new to the Christian faith you may continue with the NIV but as you mature – go get a KJV as well!
My wife accuses me of being a conspiracy theorist which is true to an extent but the truth is that I need stronger arguments on why a total of 64,576 words were removed for NIV beyond someone saying to me that they were added in the footnotes, which is true in my case but my son has an NIV bible which does not have the footnote. I plan buying my children copies of the King James Version as they grow and teach them that despite the old language they must depend on the Holy Spirit to teach them His word.
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”– Romans 16:24