Letter to the Editor

The New International Version Bible does not contain entirety of the King James Version

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dear Editor:

The popularity of the New International Version (NIV) Bible is troublesome. How can the NIV be so popular when 13 verses are deleted from it but are found in the King James Version (KJV)?

These are the deleted verses: Matthew 17:21, 18:11, 23:14; Mark 7:16, 9:44, 9:46, 11:26, 15:28; Luke 23:17; John 5:4; Acts 28:19; Romans 16:24; and Acts 8:37. There is something seriously wrong here.

The Bible has several admonitions like this one to not add to or delete from the word: "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it." (Deuteronomy 4:2).

Another example, "Every word of God is pure....add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." (Proverbs 30:5-6). Further, the LORD says of himself: "I change not," (Malachi 3:6) and "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and for ever." (Hebrews 13:8)

Finally, God and his word are the same. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1) "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." (John 1:14)

What has been said to this point is that God and the Word are the same. That God does not change and that there are not to be deletions and additions made to the Bible. Yet, the NIV has deleted 13 verses. They are not there.

The Bible tells believers to "Study, to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)

But with 13 verses missing, how can truth be rightly divined?

My encouragement to NIV users is to learn about the history of this Bible. I believe most users do not know that the NIV is a corruption of God's Word. The KJV, in fact, is superior to any modern translation. It has over 400 years of success without revision going back to 1611.

The NIV on the other hand has had revisions in 1984, 2005 (TNIV), and 2011 since its introduction in the 1970s. If a person has not studied the value of the KJV, I encourage it be done.

Look, don't you think Satan is working hard to corrupt God's Word? "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do" (Psalm 11:3)? The Bible is the foundation book of the Christian faith, it would be foolish to think the Bible is not under attack by Satan.

Finally, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4) The KJV is not corrupted; the NIV is. Research it for yourself.

Every word is not in the NIV. Should not this fact alone stimulate a move toward the Bible that contains these missing verses as the superior Bible, the KJV.

Gray Clark