"Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" (Amos 3:3)
It's funny how that so many modern bible versions want people to believe how much like the KJV they are, and yet they differ in so many ways from it.
Consider the following quotes that came directly from the websites that promote and sell these particular perversions.
NIV supporters boast the following:
"The NIV was created and is maintained with the mandate to accurately and faithfully translate the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic biblical texts into clearly understandable English. The NIV is the most widely accepted contemporary Bible translation today. More people today buy the NIV Bible than any other English-language translation."
ESV supporters say this:
"The true heirs of the King James translators are those who continue their task today, not those who declare it to have been definitely ended in 1611."
If the above statements are correct, then why are the following verses completely missing from both NIV and ESV?
Matthew 12:47, 17:21, 18:11, 23:14
Mark 7:16, 9:44&46, 11:26
Luke 17:36, 23:17, (most of 9:55-56)
Acts 8:37, 15:34, 24:7, 28:29
1John 5:7 (They get really deceptive here, by leaving out the real verse and splitting up another one to make it look like v.7 is there)
This list doesn't even begin to show all of the other verses that are greatly distorted (many of which distort the truths of salvation, Deity of Christ, the blood, repentance, etc.) Many of the verses that actually are close to being right, have a footnote saying that they probably should be different, or shouldn't be there at all. What confidence does that give to a reader, as to the authority and accuracy of the Bible?
Another popular perversion that many "Bible believers?" are holding to is the New King James Version (NKJV). Yet in thousands of places, it lines up more with the corrupted texts, than the preserved ones.
NKJV supporters claim:
"Verse-by-verse accuracy makes it the best translation for study...The 130 scholars who translated the New King James Version were committed to the complete equivalence method of translation. The NKJV maintains the word-for-word and verse-by-verse accuracy needed for serious Bible study, classroom teaching and preaching.""The great English Bible tradition connects believers with God's work through the ages...The New King James Version is the only modern translation that is intended to preserve the heritage and faithfulness of the great English Bible. God has used His Word through the ages to inspire great movements of revival, mission and outreach. Unlike other modern translations, the manuscript family on which the NKJV is based is the same one used in the translation of the King James Version (1611). This manuscript family underlies the Bible that has been the basis of every major movement of God throughout the centuries. You can trust the NKJV as believers throughout the ages have trusted it."
NKJV is a phony KJV - a counterfeit.(coun ter feit \'kaunt-er-fit\: to imitate or copy closely, especially with intent to deceive.)
Here's a link to an article listing some of the numerous changes in the NKJV.
I guess at least they're saving money on paper and ink by printing these new versions with so many omissions. Somehow though, I don't think that's what God had in mind about us being "good stewards". I'd rather just go ahead and chop down a few more trees, buy a little more ink, and print a complete Bible.
This may be getting old, but let me say it again: THINGS THAT ARE DIFFERENT, ARE NOT THE SAME! Either we have God's word or we don't. I believe we do. How could all these differing versions, each be God's inspired, infallible Word? Stay with your old KJV.
Beware of these, they could be detrimental to your spiritual health:
NIV - (Non Inspired Version)
ESV - (Educated Slowpeople's Version)
NKJV - (Not King James Version)
(Add any other modern perversion that you want)
"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." (Psalm 12:6-7)
"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." (Proverbs 30:5-6)
(taken from Bro. Josh's Bible Thoughts)