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"...The church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."
I Timothy 3:15
Pastor John Reaves, Sr.
Some publishers of Bibles are taking liberty with the KJV 1611. They are changing names, punctuation, words, and grammar. They make no mention of it in their preface.
It seems the greatest offender is the Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, although they are not the only publishers taking liberty with the KJV they seem to be the worst.
Even though the front of many Bibles say KJV you better check them out. For example: The Annotated Study Bible published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, Mark 12:1 says, “And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and digged a place for the winevat, and built a tower,...”
You won’t find “winevat” in Strong’s Concordance. The KJV 1611 reads a follows, Mark 12:1, “And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower,...” Winefat, you will find this word in Strong’s Concordance.
Concerning this so-called “Annotated Study Bible” let me give you a few more examples:
And this, my friend, is only a sampling, there are literally hundreds of places they have changed words, punctuation, and grammar. Some could say, “Well spelling is no big deal, writing Isaiah for Esaias in John 1:23, what does that matter?” Well, let’s take a look at the Thompson Chain Reference Bibles published by Kirkbride Bible Co. Published in 1988. John 4:24 in the Thompson chain reads, “God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” Notice the change in “...God is a spirit...” and “...God is a Spirit...” in the KJV In the Thompson chain published in 1964 it reads, “...God is a Spirit...”
Why would they change winefat to winevat in the Annotated Study Bible? Why would they not tell you they have taken the liberty to change words, spelling, punctuation, and grammar? I hear the ssssssssss... of the serpent. I smell a rat. I hear, “Yea, hath God said,...” Some could still say, “Well, I don’t have a problem with changing the spelling, punctuation, or changing a few words. What harm could it do?” Confusion, is the answer. It causes confusion. For example, recently I was teaching in the Gospel of John and quoting from John 4:24, “...God is a Spirit..” capital ‘S’,” I said. And one of our members said, “Mine doesn’t say capital ‘S’. It’s little ‘s’.”
“Yea, hath God said...” You see how easily the doubt and confusion could rise. We have always been able to see the confusion with using different translations but how much more if our KJV’s don’t even say the same thing. Jesus said in Mat. 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
Every word of God is important and in the KJV we have every word and yes, every word does matter. The Lord Jesus Christ in these last 2,000 years has always used his church, the one he started, to defend, protect, and help preserve his Word. We’re slipping, let’s get to work. Our forefathers died and shed their blood so we could have the Word of God. Remember if a word has been changed they are saying there was a mistake. The KJV is perfect without error, it doesn’t need to be changed, it needs to be read.