A study by: Timothy M. Youngblood
Copyright © The Master's Table 2007
After publishing our study titled "The Credibility of the Bible:" I have received some e-mails stating that the NKJV bible is corrupt just as is the New International Version; English Revised Version; and the New American Standard Bible, so I have done this research paper to show by scripture if the NKJV is in line with the KJV of 1611 and not corrupt as is the others. The categories you will read below were selected to represent the most significant areas between the two versions.
There are web sites that states the NKJV is corrupt, but is it, and are they truly representing the scriptures honestly? One such site is titled "Let God be true". We will go over some of their statements to see what, and how, they present the changes and then we will list scriptures from the KJV and the NKJV so the reader can decide what is true. Other sites such as "Dial the Truth Ministres" also use as their claim that the NKJV is corrupt because it has a pagan logo on it. This is true...it does have a pagan logo on it but the logo itself does not make the book pagan. The KJV of 1611 also has a pagan logo on it. The one to the left is what they present depicting the NKJV as a counterfeit.
The web site titled "Let God be true" states The Bible declares about itself that it is internally consistent without any contradictions, making it more sure than Godís voice from heaven, and they assert that if you find internal contradictions that are obviously wrong, then you know a book is not the word of God.
Many Christians today believe that the King James Version of 1611 is the "the original" bible. The fact is that it is not and even in the preface of the KJV of 1611 read in part states, "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, not justly to be excepted against." This has been omitted from the KJV we use today but should not have. Another aspect I must mention here is that many Christians look at the King James Version as the "Authorized Version" and thus denote the wording to mean "Divinely Authorized" when it was only authorized by the King of England which simply means officially recognized for use in public worship. We must also note that the King James Bible was not the first "Authorized Version". The first "Authorized Version" was the Great Bible of 1539. Second was the Bishops' Bible of 1568, and the King James Bible of 1611 was the third.
Can we truly state that the Old King James version of 1611 is absolutely correct as they assert? Let's use the above quote from "Let God be true"to see if we can find any internal contradictions in the KJV of 1611. Let's first ask and answer the question about the word Easter in the Old Kings James Version. We find that from 1611 to present day in Acts 12:4 an incorrect word was used. It states; "And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people." We know by our research that the word used in Greek here was pascha (pas'-khah); and of Aramaic origin and should be translated as the Passover. So for hundreds of years the KJV mislead people to believe in a pagan worship ritual called Easter. (See our study on Easter) The honest bible researcher will also acknowledge that the New Testament scripture that refers to the cross is a mistranslation. Sometimes, the Romans executed people on a Tau cross, sometimes on a Roman cross and sometimes on a simple stake, but we know Jesus was crucified on a stake because the gospels were written in Greek when they were canonized. The Greek word used in all New Testament text is stauros (stow-ros'); and means a stake or post (as set upright), specifically a pole without a cross piece. Our research has revealed that the true word for cross is "crux" and came from Latin. This word "Crux" cannot be found in the New Testament Greek translations. The question again is why would the KJV of 1611 use the wrong interpretation? (See our study on the cross)
Also the honest bible researcher will acknowledge that the scripture that refers to the Holy Spirit as "He" in John 14:26 is incorrect. In all cases where the Holy Spirit is referred to as "He" in the New Testament is ekeinos in the Greek and it means "that one" (or [neuter] thing). The translator replaced the word "ekeinos" with "He" because all neuter words such as "the, this, that, one, he, she, and it," were referred to as "he" or "she" in the English language during the time of these translations. In nearly, all foreign languages there are only two genders, "male, and female", and modern English is one of the few languages that has a "neutral gender", such as the word "it." So the word "He" in the KJV is an internal contradiction! Does that make it altogether wrong? No! Just another incorrect translation by those of it's time just like the word pascha being mistranslated as "Easter" and the word cross being used instead of the correct word "Stake".
In order to find more information on where these mistranslations came from I looked up the word "cross" in William Tyndale's original writings and he spells it "Crosse" but still we know that the Greek word he should have translated from is stauros and should be translated as "Stake. Tyndale also changed the Greek word "pascha" to "Easter" in many scriptures which is spelled "Ester" in his work but still is incorrect, and I could not find the word Passover in Tyndale's New Testament work at all. Also I looked at the word Tyndale used for the Greek word "pneuma" and he used the word correctly as "Spirit" and not "Ghost" in some places which Tyndale spelled "spirite" but in some text he spelled it "sprete" as in Eph. 4:30. He also used the incorrect translation Holy Ghost which he spelled "goost" in many places but should have been Holy Spirit as the New King James version has correctly translated. The Geneva bible and many other translations have mistranslated these same words because the translators used Tyndale's work to go by.
Another example of misinterpretations to consider is the wording of "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" which would put the Holy Father in the light of forsaking Jesus when the true wording in the Aramaic would make more sense. Let's read an excerpt from our study titled The Credibility of the Bible, "The late Aramaic Bible researcher George M. Lamsa claimed that the traditional interpretation of "Eli, Eli, lemana shabakthani" in the Gospels is wrong which reads, "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" According to Lamsa Christ actually stated, ""My God, My God this is my destiny." Or I was born for this." This statement would also be more in line with Jesus' attitude towards Our Father and the fact that Jesus knew it was His destiny and that His Father would never forsake Him. In his book, New Testament origin, Dr. George Lamsa states, 'Not a word of the Scriptures was originally written in Greek, the Scriptures were written in Aramaic." Our research have shown that he is correct and that Christians and ministers scrutinizing the nuances of Greek words to fire at each other would be better off investigating the true meanings of Aramaic words and the hidden truth behind Aramaic idioms. Aramaic is a very obscure language, and they didn't know it as well as they should have before they translated the scriptures.
Another example is that the Aramaic word for 'camel' is written so nearly identical to the word for 'rope' that when the original scrolls were being translated into Greek, an error occurred due to the translator's limitations. Matthew 19:24 is commonly translated, 'It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.' The Aramaic manuscripts read 'rope' instead of 'camel'. Rope, of course, is much more in keeping with the picture of a needle, and is probably what Jesus said, and what was originally recorded. Also in Matthew 7:3 we read, 'Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?' And yet, in Lamsa's version the word 'splinter' appears in place of 'speck.' The organic relationship between a splinter and a plank (or beam) is obvious while speck is more vague. Again, Lamsa's translation remains true to the picture being conveyed. Lamsa relied upon the King James translation in large part for style and form, making thousands of corrections to the Bible from the Aramaic texts and applying it to the more accepted form.
We all need to come to understand that there are scriptures (Holy writ) and text which were men writing letters or giving an account of events. Some are good for instruction and others are good for information but all bible students must learn of the times in which these things are stated. We must decipher the difference between the word of God and the text written by men and until we do this there will be no end to debate. Even from the 1300's much has changed concerning the meaning of words.
Now we will examine a few of their points concerning scripture comparisons of the KJV and the NKJV in the document from the web site titled "Let God be true" to see if they are spinning the subject"
A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches. KJV
A gracious woman retains honor, but ruthless men retain riches. NKJV
I looked up the word strong in the concordance which is based on the Old King James version and it means, fearful, i.e. powerful or tyrannical: or mighty, oppressor, in great power, strong, terrible, or violent. The word "tyrannical" is of or characteristic of a tyrant which is to be unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe which could be translated as "ruthless men" just as the NKJV states.
Also the Proverb in Prov. 19:18, which states "Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. (KJV)
The NKJV reads "Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction." The "Let God be True" site states that this is incorrect because of the word destruction but this word could be correct also because the author was not speaking about spanking the child to kill the child. When studying scripture we must always keep it in it's proper context and if we go back and study what happened to disobedient people we find that they were destroyed by stoning. The verse means Chasten your son while there is hope before he is destroyed by stoning.
As one of many examples let's read Deut 22:21. "Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you." (KJV) And we find another such scripture in IKing 21:10 10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die. (KJV)
This next part that the people at the "Let God be True" web site are concerned with is the wording "Faith in Jesus" or "the faith of Jesus" The scripture they used is Galatians 2:16, "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." KJV. They say when the NKJV changed the wording from Faith of, to "by faith in Jesus Christ," that this some how distorted the context of our faith in Jesus. This seems to be petty to me because the Old King James version itself uses the same context in Acts 24:24. "And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jew, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. (KJV) Another scripture in the Old King James is Gal 3:26-27. "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (KJV) Also if one wants to get down to the real facts we should not be saying "Jesus Christ" but "Jesus The Christ" because Jesus is his name and Christ or "Messiah" is His title and I don't know of any versions that use His name correctly. If you read my articles you will find that I state "Jesus the Christ or Jesus the Messiah.
This web site ("Let God be true") is not being truthful and correct with their statements. This last one we will examine shows their deception clearly. They state; The NKJV, an important part of the seeker sensitive and mega-church growth movements, removed Pauls condemnation of those who think gain is evidence of godliness. Can you guess what spirit and type of men are behind such alterations? The scripture they use to say the NKJV is omitting the teaching that churches or ministers should never use the word of God for gain is I Timothy 6:5 which states; "Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself." They then compare the NKJV which states; "Useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself." If I'm reading this correctly it seems to mean the same thing!
From our research we have found that the KJV of 1611 is not entirely correct! Through my three year study into the history of the English bible I have found interpretation errors in all translations and this is because the foundation is Catholic and if you read our complete study titled The Credibility of the Bible you will see more facts. The fact is that we have the Anglican bible from the Church of England as our guide and when you go into the history of the making of this bible of 1611 you find men under great pressure and some with their own agenda being involved in its conception. The King of England did not like the Geneva bible and that is why he authorized the KJV 1611. The Geneva Bible however was the "Bible of the Protestant Reformation". It is reported that it was the first Bible taken to America, brought over on the Mayflower. I read that most early American colonists, who were fleeing the religious oppression of the Anglican Church (Church of England), wanted nothing to do with the King James Bible of the Anglican Church! (Access the History of the Geneva bible)
This does not in any way say that the KJV of 1611 is not God's word altogether;
and I do believe that God inspired many of the writers of the New Testament,
however, from understanding the history of the manuscripts I do not believe
God's hand was with all the translators down through the last 19 hundred years.
God must not have protected the manuscripts as I once thought for if He had
then we would not be finding interpretation errors in so many scriptures. Distressed
about this I prayed and asked God why He did not lay out exactly what He wanted
for His New covenant Church when Jesus was still here that last 40 days with
His disciples and the answer I received was logged in Matt 22:36-40 which states;
"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to
him," 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your
soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the
second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two
commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."
Although I do believe that we have most of the correct bible even in the KJV of 1611, I also believe that as good stewards we should investigate the possibility of missing manuscripts and words that were mistranslated to fine tune our understanding. Perhaps by doing this we could come to a greater coming together of understanding and not be so divided over mistranslations. As I have stated in other writings, the Protestants were correct in their fight during the reformation however, after their many good leaders were murdered by being burned, and beheaded, their followers did not complete the reformation but conformed to most of the Old Catholic doctrines. The way I decide what is truth is by looking at, and understanding God's overall plan as well as the wording and how the change affects the teaching of the subject. The one and great important point I keep in mind is that Satan has NEVER ceased in his quest for the throne of God. I have found in my years of studying pagan history that all history is full of Satan's tactics and sorry to say he has had a hand in the English bible also.
If you look at our study "The Credibility of the Bible:" you will find examples of scripture change from the NIV that did change the meanings in such a way that truth was lost. I don't see that with the examples given below. The Geneva bible is just as accurate as well however the point of this study is to determine if the NKJV is a corrupt version from the KJV of 1611 so, let's compare some scriptures from the KJV and the NKJV bibles so we can judge for ourselves if the two versions are in line with one another. If you compare these scriptures we have here in this study below with the New International Version; English Revised Version; and the New American Standard Bible you will find many of these scriptures are omitted altogether. This listing is only a portion of the scriptures that reflect that the NKJV is still just as accurate as the Old King James version of 1611 and is much more accurate than the new bible version in print today. If you would like to read our study titled "The Credibility of the Bible:" click on the link. Also you can access our research information on the bible's history on this link. (Appendix.)
below for KJV vs, NKJV scriptures.
Check below for KJV vs, NKJV scriptures.
Col 1:14 "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:" KJV
"in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." NKJV
Phil 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." KJV
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." NKJV
Rom 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." KJV
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." NKJV
Eph 3:14 "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," KJV
"For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," NKJV
Matthew 19:17 "There is none good but one, that is God" KJV
"No one is good but One, that is God." NKJV
Matthew 18:11 "For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost." KJV
"For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost." NKJV
John 9:35 "Dost thou believe on the Son of God?" KJV
"Do you believe in the Son of God?" NKJV
I John 5:13 "that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." KJV
"that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God." NKJV
Philippians 2:6 "thought it not robbery to be equal with God"
"did not consider it robbery to be equal to God" NKJV
John 6:69 "thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" KJV
"you are the Christ, the Son of the living God" NKJV
John 4:42 "this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world" KJV
"this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world" NKJV
I John 4:3 "that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh" KJV
"that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh" NKJV
Acts 2:30 "according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ" KJV
"according to the flesh He would raise up the Christ" NKJV
Ephesians 5:30 "of his flesh and of his bones"
"of His flesh and of His bones" NKJV
Colossians 1:24 "that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ" KJV
"what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ" NKJV
II Thessalonians 2:3 "there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition" KJV
"unless the falling away comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition" NKJV
Col 3:6 "For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:" KJV
"Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience," NKJV
I John 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" KJV
"and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist" NKJV
Luke 21:36 "pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things" KJV
"pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things" NKJV
Mark 16:9-20 "Appearances of Jesus after His resurrection" KJV
"Appearances of Jesus after His resurrection" NKJV
Luke 13:32 "the third day I shall be perfected" KJV
"the third day I shall be perfected" NKJV
Luke 24:12 "Peter at the empty tomb" KJV
"Peter at the empty tomb" NKJV
Luke 24:40 "he showed them his hands and his feet" KJV
"He showed them His hands and His feet" NKJV
John 16: 16 "because I go to the Father" KJV
"because I go to the Father" NKJV
Luke 24:51 "carried up into heaven" KJV
"carried up into heaven" NKJV
Acts 8:37 "If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." KJV
"If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." NKJV
Romans 8:1 "who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit." KJV
"who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." NKJV
Romans 11:6 "but if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work." KJV
"but if it is of works, it is no longer grace: otherwise work is no longer work." NKJV
Mark 10:24 "for them that trust in riches" KJV
"for those who trust in riches" NKJV
Luke 4:4 "but by every word of God" KJV
"but by every word of God" NKJV
I Corinthians 1:21 "foolishness of preaching" KJV
"foolishness of the message preached" NKJV
Psalm 12:6, 7 "The words of the LORD are pure words...Thou shalt keep them, O LORD. Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." KJV
"The words of the Lord are pure words...You shall keep them, O Lord, you shall preserve them from this generation forever." NKJV
John 7:18 "his glory" KJV
"the glory of the One" NKJV
John 12:45, 15:21 "him that sent me" KJV
"Him who sent Me" NKJV
Luke 4:8 "Get thee behind me, Satan" KJV
"Get behind me, Satan" NKJV
Colossians 3:6 "children of disobedience" KJV
"sons of disobedience" NKJV
II Timothy 3:17 "perfect" KJV
I Peter 2:12 "honest" KJV
"conduct honorable" NKJV
Matthew 20:16 "for many be called, but few chosen" KJV
"for many are called, but few chosen" NKJV
Romans 8:1 "who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit." KJV
"who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." NKJV
Matthew 5:44 "bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you" KJV
"bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you" NKJV
Luke 11:2 "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.. Give us day by day our daily bread, And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen." KJV
"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen." NKJV
James 5:16 "effectual fervent prayer" KJV
"effective fervent prayer" NKJV
I Timothy 1:10 "them that defile themselves with mankind" KJV
Mark 11:26 "But if ye do not forgive, neither will your father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." KJV
"but if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." NKJV
Mark 9:44, 46 "Where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched." KJV
"Where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched." NKJV
Matthew 5:22 "angry with his brother without a cause" KJV
"angry with his brother without a cause" NKJV
I John 5:19 "wickedness" KJV
"sway of the wicked one" NKJV
II Timothy 3:3 "trucebreakers false accusers... despisers of those who are good" KJV
"unforgiving slanderers despisers of good" NKJV
Matthew 23:14 "ye devour widows houses and for a pretense make long prayers" KJV
"you devour widows houses and for a pretense make long prayers" NKJV
Luke 17:36 "Two shall be in the field, the one shall be taken and the other left." KJV
"Two men will be in the field, the one will be taken and the other left" NKJV
Revelation 12:12 "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth" KJV
"Woe to the inhabitants of the earth" NKJV
Revelation 15:4 "thy judgments are made manifest" KJV
"your judgments have been manifested" NKJV
Revelation 21:24 "the nations of them which are saved" KJV
"the nations of those who are saved" NKJV
Revelation 22:19 "God shall take away his part out of the book of life." KJV
"God shall take away his part from the Book of Life." NKJV
This is by no means all the scriptures that compare in harmony with each other. You can go through the KJV and the NKJV translations and see for yourself that there are thousands that compare, but just with what we have shown here should be proof that the important scriptures are included.
In Jesus' service
Timothy M Youngblood