There have been many questions about the validity of modern versions of the Bible. I have put together this simple 3 part test.
Test 1. Background - According to Isaiah 14:13 the devil/Satan/Lucifer sinned by wanting to be God.
The Test - Revelation 22:16 The name Morning Star is a name associated to Jesus Christ. In Isaiah 14:12 KVJ uses the name of the devil, Lucifer. However some modern version use the name Morning Star for the devil. To call the devil by the same name as Jesus is blasphemy.
Result - any version that gives the devil the same name as Jesus fails this test.
Test 2. Background - Multiple locations in God’s Holy Word make it clear that Jesus was, is, and always will be God.
The Test - Many versions correctly proclaim in Luke 2:33 ‘Joseph and His (Jesus) mother’. However some modern versions, question the deity of Jesus Christ, by saying ‘His father and mother’, or ‘His parents’
Result - any version that says Joseph is the father of Jesus fails this test.
Test 3. Background - For Jesus to have lived a perfect life and pay the price for our sin, he could never have sinned. In Matthew 21:12-13 we see that Jesus was angry with the money changers, and Hebrews 4:15 states Jesus never sinned. God’s Word also states God was angry with the sin of mankind.
The Test - According to Matthew 5:22 sin is being angry without a cause. Some modern versions remove ‘without a cause’, changing God’s Word to say ‘being angry is sin’. According to these modern versions the anger of Jesus (and God) is sinful and God’s Word lied saying Jesus never sinned.
Result - Any version that removes ‘without a cause’ from Matthew 5:22 fails this test.
All King James Versions (KJV, KJV2000, AKJV, NKJV) score 100 percent on this test.
NIV, HCS (Holman), Berean Study Bibles, NAB New American (Catholic) versions all score zero.
Versions like ESV, American Standard, and The Message have mixed results.
I encourage you to check your version of the Bible. If your ‘Bible’ fails this test, I recommend you get rid of it and get a good ‘Word for Word’ translation.
In His service
Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Luke 2:33 33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
Matthew 21: 12-13 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Hebrews 4:15 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:
Isaiah 14:12 Modern versions call satan by name given to Jesus, Morning Star
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Luke 2:33 KJV, KJ2000, AKJV, NKJV reference Joseph and His (Jesus) mother. Most other translations (ESV, NIV, NASB, HCSB, NAS, ASV, RSV, Berean Study, The Message...) refer to Joseph as the father of Jesus.
Matthew 5:22 King James Version, Aramaic Bible In Plain English, King James 2000, American King James Version, NKJV, International Standard Version, World English Bible, and Young’s Literal Translation all state, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment...” This verse is a very good translation of the ancient texts. However many newer translations (New International Version, New living Translation, English Standard Version, God’s Word Translation, Berean Study Bible, Berean Literal Bible, Net Bible, Darby Bible Translation, English Revised, American Standard, Revised Standard Version, New American Standard, New American Standard-1977, Jubilee Bible 2000, Living Bible, Holman Christian Standard Bible, The Message) remove the words ‘without a cause’. According to Scripture, when Jesus entered the Temple of God, He was angry for good reason with the money changers (Matthew 21:12-13). Removing the words ‘without a cause’ (from Matthew 5:22) changes that verse to say Jesus is a sinner, because He was angry with the money changers. Research shows ‘without a cause’ is in the most original text and should be included in all versions.
Addendum to History of the Bible
KJV Error Isaiah 9:3 corrected in other versions Acts 12:4 corrected in most other versions
Bible version creators often use other versions (latin, english, german) to aid in their translation. As a result some errors in the KJV that have been copied into other versions.
KJV and others correct
Luke 13:8 The word Lord is used in a parable in reference to the owner of a fig tree. This parable is speaking of God and His ownership of the fig tree (Israel). Some modern versions (AMP, ESV, NIV, NKJV, RSV...) change Lord to sir.
Genesis 2:7 Man became a living Soul. Some versions change (ESV, NAS, NASB, NIV, NKJV, RSV) Soul to ‘living being, person or creature’, making man just another animal.
I Kings 14:24 NKJV changes the word sodomite to perverted person, removing the link to homosexuality.
Romans 4:25 Most version state (in some way) that Jesus was raised for our justification. NASB, NAS, NKJV state Jesus was raised because of our justification.
John 1:3 KJV, AKJV, KJV2000, Net Bible, NASB, Jubilee 2000, English Revised, States ‘everything created BY the Word’. Other version put question of creation by saying ‘everything created THROUGH the Word.’