Modern Bible Versions
WATCH OUT: THEY HAVE TAMPERED WITH THE NEW
Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.
[NOTE: My thanks to the Trinitarian Bible Society of England for providing the
material from which this article was developed.]
Have you read my research report called "The Great ? Unicals?" If you have
not, I would urge you to take the time to read it. It is posted several places on the
web, but the most easily accessible is at --
In that research report I expose the fallacy of "the oldest manuscripts being the
best" particularly when it comes to Sinaiticus and Vaticanus. Since 1881 Modern
Bible versions have relied heavily upon Sinaiticus and Vaticanus. After careful study I
assert that the so called "great uncials" ARE very corrupt and their readings
detract from essential Bible doctrines. Therefore the modern versions, though alleged to
be more readable, are inaccurate and corrupt. Likewise, since more than 90% of all
ancient manuscripts support the Textus Receptus, which the King James Version is based
on, it is of the utmost importance that English speaking people use the King James Bible
and that translation work into other versions of the New Testament use the Textus
The Trinitarian Bible Society has a very helpful list, which points out some of the
key verses that are problematic when non-Textus Receptus manuscripts are used in making
modern translations. They note that, "the list below is a compilation of the most
important verses in which the modern versions have followed corrupted manuscripts and
made drastic alterations to the printed editions of the traditionally accepted text of
the New Testament." A more complete list is available from:
The Trinitarian Bible Society
London, SW19 3NN, England
Tel.: (020) 543-7857
Fax: (020) 543-6370
The purpose of this list is to aid the Bible student or translator in discerning and
evaluating whether a translation is founded upon these few 'older' and corrupt
manuscripts, and if it is, to show how far astray the translation wanders. A simple
comparison of the verses below with any modern translation will show the extent of
corruption in the modern translation.
The Trinitarian Bible Society gives these instructions in making the comparison.
"The comparison of these modern versions needs to be made by using a copy of the Authorized
Version (KJV). While perfection is not claimed for the Authorized Version
(KJV)it is an accurate and excellent translation which follows the Traditional or
Received Text of the New Testament and was not affected by the current rage of
I must tell you that some versions will be difficult to compare because of the modern
tendency among translators to use "dynamic equivalence" methods of translation.
To understand "dynamic equivalency" look at Pastor F. William Darrows
article titled Is Inerrancy Enough, located on our web site at --
Once again, I remind you that the list below is not a complete list. It is designed to
show that there are many serious omissions in the modern editions of the New Testament.
In addition to omissions, a few instances of change and additions are included. Unless
otherwise stated, each variant listed represents an omission.
Let me be candid. It is my earnest hope the reader will see the problems with the
modern texts and versions and will change back to the purer more COMPLETE edition
of the New Testament, that is a King James New Testament.
NOTE: This is a list of Omissions & Changes found in most modern New Testaments
- Unless otherwise noted, the variant listed represents an omission from the
- In instances of change, the reading of the King James Version, which
represents the reading of the Traditional Text, is given in comparison with the
critical text reading as found in the New American Standard Bible.
1.25 -- 'firstborn'
4.12 -- 'Jesus'
4.18 -- 'Jesus'
4.23 -- 'Jesus'
5.44 -- 'bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you,' and 'despitefully use
6.33 -- KJV: 'the kingdom of God'; NASB: 'His kingdom'
8.3 -- 'Jesus'
8.5 -- 'Jesus'
8.7 -- 'Jesus'
8.29 -- 'Jesus'
9.12 -- 'Jesus'
12.25 -- 'Jesus'
13.36 -- 'Jesus'
13.51 -- 'Jesus saith unto them'
13.51 -- 'Lord' ['Yea, Lord']
14.14 -- 'Jesus'
14.22 -- 'Jesus'
14.25 -- 'Jesus'
15.16 -- 'Jesus'
15.30 -- 'Jesus'
16.20 -- 'Jesus'
17.20 -- 'Jesus'
17.21 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
18.2 -- 'Jesus'
18.11 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
19.9 -- 'and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.'
20.22 -- 'and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?' [see also verse
20.23 -- 'and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with:' [see also verse 22]
22.37 -- 'Jesus'
23.8 -- 'even Christ'
23.14 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
24.2 -- 'Jesus'
26.28 -- 'new' ['of the new testament']
27.24 -- 'just' [KJV: 'the blood of this just person'; NASB: 'this Man's blood']
27.35 -- 'that it ... lots' [last half of the verse is omitted]
1.1 -- 'the Son of God' [omitted in some versions and margins]
1.2 -- 'the prophets' is replaced by 'Isaiah the prophet', an obvious error
1.14 -- 'of the kingdom' [KJV: 'the gospel of the kingdom of God'; NASB: 'the gospel of
1.41 -- 'Jesus'
2.17 -- 'to repentance'
5.13 -- 'Jesus' is changed to 'he'
5.19 -- 'Jesus'
6.11 -- 'Verily I say ... than for that city' [last part of the verse is omitted]
6.34 -- 'Jesus'
7.8 -- 'as the washing ... ye do' [last half of the verse is omitted]
7.16 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
7.27 -- 'Jesus'
8.1 -- 'Jesus'
8.17 -- 'Jesus'
9.24 -- 'Lord' [referring to Jesus]
9.29 -- 'and fasting'
9.42 -- 'in me'
9.44 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
9.45 -- 'into the fire that never shall be quenched'
9.46 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
10.21 -- 'take up the cross'
11.11 -- 'Jesus'
11.14 -- 'Jesus'
11.15 -- 'Jesus'
11.26 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
12.30 -- 'this is the first commandment
12.41 -- 'Jesus'
13.33 -- 'and pray'
14.22 -- 'Jesus'
14.22 -- 'eat' [KJV: 'Take, eat.' NASB: 'Take it'.]
14.24 -- 'new' ['of the new testament']
15.28 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
15.39 -- 'cried out'
16.9-20 -- Omitted or bracketed in most Bibles [with
variations]. Although missing in the Vatican and Sinai manuscripts, it is found in almost
every Greek manuscript which contains Mark's Gospel. In addition it is quoted by Church
Fathers including Irenaeus and Hippolytus in the second and third centuries [thus
predating the two old manuscripts, Vatican and Sinai].
2.14 -- 'good will toward men' is changed to 'toward men of good will' or 'among men
with whom he is pleased'
2.33 -- 'And Joseph and his mother' is changed to 'and his father and mother' [note that
the change affects the Virgin Birth of our Lord]
2.40 -- 'in spirit'
2.43 -- 'and Joseph and his mother' is changed to 'his parents' [cf. 2.33]
4.4 -- 'buy by every word of God'
4.8 -- 'Get thee behind me, Satan: for'
4.41 -- 'Christ' [first instance; the reference to Jesus' Messiahship is eliminated]
7.19 -- 'Jesus'
7.22 -- 'Jesus'
8.38 -- 'Jesus'
9.43 -- 'Jesus'
9.56 -- 'For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them'
9.60 -- 'Jesus'
10.21 -- 'Jesus'
10.39 -- 'Jesus' [Critical Text has 'Lord']
10.41 -- 'Jesus' [Critical Text has 'Lord'],
11.2 -- 'our' ['Our Father ...']
11.2 -- 'which art in heaven'
11.2 -- 'Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth'
11.4 -- 'but deliver us from evil'
11.11 -- 'bread' and 'will he give him a stone? or if he ask'
12.31 -- 'the kingdom of God' is changed to 'his kingdom'
13.2 -- 'Jesus'
17.36 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
21.4 -- 'of God'
22.6 -- 'Jesus'
22.43 -- some versions omit all of this verse or put it in brackets
22.44 -- some versions omit all of this verse or put it in brackets
22.57 -- 'him' [first instance, referring to Jesus] is omitted or changed to 'it'
22.63 -- 'Jesus'
23.17 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
23.34 -- 'Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.'
[some versions bracket this or have notes which say that this is not original]
23.42 -- 'Lord' [the thief on the cross recognizes Jesus' Lordship]
23.43 -- 'Jesus'
23.45 -- 'And the sun was darkened' is changed to 'the sun being obscured', 'eclipsed' or
'failing', or a marginal reading is given to add this naturalistic effect.
24.6 -- 'He is not here, but is risen' is omitted from or bracketed in some versions, or
a problematic footnote is given
24.36 -- 'Jesus'
24.40 -- Some versions omit or bracket this verse. It is found in every Greek manuscript
of Luke except for one fifth century Western manuscript. The omission results from
radical New Testament criticism principles. Some versions have misleading or incorrect
footnotes regarding this.
24.52 -- Some versions omit 'they worshiped him' from this verse for the same reasons as
in the case of the omissions in 24.40; however, some critical editions of the Greek New
Testament include it. Without it the risen Lord is not receiving worship from His people.
1.18 -- 'only begotten Son' is changed to 'only begotten God'
3.2 -- 'Jesus'
3.13 -- 'which is in heaven' [thus an attribute of God is removed from Jesus]
4.16 -- 'Jesus'
4.42 -- 'the Christ' [note: Jesus' Messiahship is obscured]
4.46 -- 'Jesus'
5.4 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
6.14 -- 'Jesus'
6.47 -- 'on me' [note: not just 'believing' secures everlasting life, but believing 'in
6.69 -- 'thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God' is changed to 'you are the Holy
One of God' [note: Messiahship and Deity/Sonship are missing]
7.39 -- 'Holy' ['Holy Ghost']
7.53-8.11 -- the entire section is omitted or in brackets in many
8.9 -- 'Jesus'
8.16 -- AV: 'the Father'; NASB: 'He'
8.20 -- 'Jesus'
8.21 -- 'Jesus'
9.4 -- 'I must work the works' is changed to 'we must work the works'
9.35 -- 'Son of God' is changed to 'Son of man'
11.45 -- 'Jesus'
13.3 -- 'Jesus'
14.15 -- the command 'If ye love me, keep my commandments' is changed to a statement, 'If
you love me, you will keep my commandments'
16.16 -- 'because I go to the Father'
17.12 -- 'I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me' is changed to 'I was
keeping them in Thy name which Thou hast given me'
18.5 -- 'Jesus' [second instance]
19.38 -- 'Jesus' [third instance]
19.39 -- 'Jesus'
2.30 -- 'according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ'
2.47 -- 'to the church' is changed to 'to their number'
3.26 -- 'Jesus'
7.30 -- 'of the Lord'
8.37 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
9.20 -- 'Christ' is changed to 'Jesus'
9.29 -- 'Jesus' [part of verse 28 in the Critical Text]
15.11 -- 'Christ'
15.34 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
16.31 -- 'Christ'
19.4 -- 'Christ'
19.10 -- 'Jesus'
20.21 -- 'Christ'
20.25 -- 'of God' ['kingdom of God']
24.6-8 -- 'and would have judged ... commanding his accusers to come unto thee' is
omitted [the last part of verse 6, ALL of verse 7, and the first
part of verse 8]
28.29 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
1.16 -- 'of Christ' ['the gospel of Christ']
8.1 -- 'who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit'
8.26 -- 'for us' [regarding the Holy Spirit's intercession] is omitted or italicized in
10.15 -- 'preach the gospel of peace'
10.17 -- 'God' is changed to 'Christ'
13.9 -- 'Thou shalt not bear false witness'
14.9 -- 'and rose'
14.10 -- 'Christ' is changed to 'God' [note: if 'Christ' is read in verse 10, then He is
the God of verse 12. If the reading in verse 10 is 'God', then the Deity of Christ is
missing in this passage]
15.8 -- 'Jesus'
15.29 -- 'of the gospel' ['of the gospel of Christ']
16.18 -- 'Jesus' ['Lord Jesus Christ']
16.20 -- 'Christ'
16.24 -- ALL of this verse is omitted
2.13 -- 'Holy' is omitted from 'Ghost'
5.4 -- 'Christ' is omitted twice
5.5 -- 'Jesus' [in some versions]
5.7 -- 'for us'
6.20 -- 'and in your spirit, which are God's'
9.1 -- 'Christ'
9.18 -- 'of Christ'
10.9 -- 'Christ' is changed to 'the Lord'
11.24 -- 'Take, eat' [speaking of the Lord's Supper]
11.24 -- 'broken' [speaking of Christ's body]
11.29 -- 'unworthily'
11.29 -- 'Lord's' ['the Lord's body']
15.47 -- 'the Lord' [the Deity of Christ is obscured]
16.22 -- 'Jesus Christ'
16.23 -- 'Christ'
4.6 -- 'Jesus'
4.10 -- 'the Lord'
5.18 -- 'Jesus'
10.7 -- 'Christ' [third instance)
11.31 -- 'our'
11.31 -- 'Christ'
1.15 -- 'God' is changed to 'He'
3.17 -- 'in Christ' [the Abrahamic covenant was 'in Christ']
6.15 -- 'in Christ Jesus'
6.17 -- 'the Lord'
3.9 -- 'by Jesus Christ'
3.14 -- 'of our Lord Jesus Christ'
5.9 -- 'fruit of the Spirit' is changed to 'fruit of the light'
3.16 -- 'let us mind the same thing'
4.13 -- 'Christ which strengtheneth me' is changed to 'him who strengthens me'
1.2 -- 'and the Lord Jesus Christ'
1.14 -- 'through his blood'
1.28 -- 'Jesus'
2.18 -- 'not' ['hath not seen' is changed to 'has seen']
3.6 -- 'on the children of disobedience'
3.13 -- 'Christ' is changed to 'the Lord'
3.15 -- 'God' is changed to 'Christ'
3.22 -- 'God' is changed to 'the Lord'
1.1 -- 'from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ'
2.19 -- 'Christ'
3.11 -- 'Christ' [KJV: 'our Lord Jesus Christ'; NASB: 'Jesus our Lord']
3.13 -- 'Christ'
1.8 -- 'Christ'
1.12 -- 'Christ' [first instance]
2.2 -- 'day of Christ' is changed to 'day of the Lord'
2.4 -- 'as God' [KJV: 'he as God sitteth'; NASB: 'he takes his seat']
1.1 -- 'Lord'
1.17 -- 'wise' ['only wise God']
2.7 -- 'in Christ' ['I speak the truth in Christ']
3.16 -- 'God' is replaced with 'he', 'he who', or 'what'
6.5 -- 'from such withdraw thyself'
2.19 -- 'name of Christ' is changed to 'name of the Lord'
4.1 -- 'Lord'
4.22 -- 'Jesus Christ'
1.4 -- 'Lord' is omitted, and 'Jesus Christ' is reversed
verse 6 -- 'Jesus'
verse 12 -- 'Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own
bowels' is changed to 'And I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending
my very heart'
1.3 -- 'by himself'
1.3 -- 'our' ['purged our sins']
2.7 -- 'and didst set him over the works of thy hands' in omitted in many versions
3.1 -- 'Christ'
7.21 -- 'after the order of Melchisedec'
10.9 -- 'O God' is omitted in many versions
10.30 -- 'saith the Lord'
11.11 -- 'was delivered of a child'. Some modern versions (NIV, etc.) add, with no
Greek manuscript support, and entire section about Abraham being enabled to beget
11.13 -- 'were persuaded of them'
11.37 -- 'were tempted' is omitted from most versions
2.20 -- 'faith without works is dead' is changed to 'faith without works is useless'
4.4 -- 'adulterers and'
5.20 -- 'a soul' is changed to 'his soul'
1.16 -- 'Be ye holy' [a command] is changed to 'you shall be holy' [future tense]
1.22 -- 'through the Spirit'
3.15 -- 'God' is changed to 'Christ'
4.1 -- 'for us' ['Christ hath suffered for us']
5.10 -- 'Jesus'
5.14 -- 'Jesus. Amen.'
1.21 -- 'holy' ['holy men of God']
3.10 -- 'shall be burned up' is changed to 'discovered'; some versions have this change
as a footnote only
1.7 -- 'Christ'
2.20 -- 'ye know all things' is changed to 'you all know'
3.19 -- 'we know' is changed to 'we shall know' [but note the context]
4.3 -- 'Christ is come in the flesh'
4.19 -- 'we love him' is changed to 'we love'
5.7-8 -- Many versions omit 'in heaven; the Father, the
Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness
5.13 -- 'and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God'
verse 3 -- 'the Lord'
verse 9 -- 'of Christ' [second instance]
verse 1 -- 'sanctified' is changed to 'beloved'
verse 4 -- 'God'
verse 25 -- 'wise' ['only wise God']
1.5 -- 'loved us, and washed us' is changed to 'loves us and released us'
1.9 -- 'Christ' is omitted twice
1.11 -- 'I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last and'
5.14 -- 'him that liveth for ever and ever'
6.1-3, 5, 7 -- 'and see' ['Come and see']
7.5b-8b -- 'were sealed' is omitted in ten of the twelve instances
8.13 -- 'I heard an angel' is changed to 'I heard an eagle'
11.1 -- KJV: 'and the angel stood, saying'; NASB: 'and someone said' [RSV: 'and I was
11.17 -- 'and art to come'
12.17 -- 'Christ'
14.5 -- 'before the throne of God'
16.5 -- 'O Lord'
19.1 -- 'the Lord'
20.9 -- 'God out of'
20.12 -- 'before God' is changed to 'before the throne'
22.14 -- 'do his commandments' is changed to 'wash their robes'
22.19 -- 'book of life' is changed to 'tree of life'
22.21 -- 'Christ'