Missing Verses of the NIV bible translation.
Missing Verses of the NIV bible translation.
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I was recently introduced to the concept of "King James Version only" christianity. After some research into why such an idea exists, I have learned to love my NIV translation all the more.

This page is dedicated to ensuring NIV-trusting bible readers that their trust in the NIV translation is by no means misplaced.

In fact, from what I've gathered, I can fairly say that while the KJV is still an excellent bible translation some 400 years after its first publishing, there are several reasons why its relevance as a source of serious bible-study in the english language is somewhat diminished by the availability of the current NIV translation.

My motivation is to help others like myself, who trust in the NIV as the living word of God, to embrace it whole-heartedly, without doubt or fear of the KJV only controversy which continues to be kept alive by its proponents.

This page is in no way intended as an attempt to discredit the KJV as a trustworthy source of the word of God. I do not wish to engage in a debate against the KJV only believers. I believe we should be unified in our love for Christ, not divided by the attacks of our common enemy.

...avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. - Titus 3:9 NIV

In the following table I've listed all the verses that I find people have claimed to be "missing" from the NIV.
I believe much of the "confusion" surrounding these verses is based upon the erroneous assumption that because a verse number is skipped in the regular body of text, that it has therefore been deleted or omitted altogether. This is simply not the case.

Yes, that's right, if you turn to Matthew 18:10 in the NIV for example, you will find that verse number 11 is not there! The regular body of text skips from verse 10 right to verse 12! What needs to be pointed out however, as obvious as it may seem to some, is that in every case listed below the verse in question is relegated to footnote status because not all early manuscripts that we now have at our disposal (thank God we have found many more since the publishing of the KJV!) have the verse or text in question and/or agree upon the exact rendering of said text.

It should be quite plain to the average reader that this in no way constitutes a deletion or omission, much less a distortion of the scripture. On the contrary, it is actually a more transparent and informative presentation of the available manuscript evidence than the alternative, which is to present such passages as a part of the regular body without drawing attention in any way to the fact that there is, in fact, some disagreement amongst the manuscripts as to the exact rendering or (in some cases) the inclusion of a particular verse.

Verse(s)
Missing Verses
"missing" text provided by footnote (NIV)
Matthew 5:44 Some late manuscripts: …bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you…
Matthew 17:21 Some manuscripts: But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. …bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you…
Matthew 18:11 Some manuscripts: The Son of Man came to save what was lost.
Matthew 23:14 Some manuscripts: : Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Therefore you will be punished more severely.
Mark 7:16 Some manuscripts: If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.
Mark 9:44 Some manuscripts:Where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched. (Isaiah 66:24)
Mark 9:46 Some manuscripts:Where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.
Mark 11:26 Some manuscripts:: But if you do not forgive, neither will your father who is in heaven forgive your sins.
Mark 15:28 Some manuscripts:: And the scripture was fulfilled which says, “He was counted with the lawless ones” (Isaiah 53:12)
Mark 16:9-20 Included with note: [The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have Mark 16:9-20]
Luke 17:36 Some manuscripts:Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
Luke 22:43 Included with note: [Some early manuscripts do not have verses 43 and 44]
Luke 22:44 Included with note: [Some early manuscripts do not have verses 43 and 44]
Luke 23:17 Some manuscripts:Now he was obliged to release one man to them at the Feast.
John 5:4 Some manuscripts:And they waited for the moving of the waters. From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters. The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease he had.
John 7:53-8:11 Included with note: [The earliest manuscripts and many other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:53-8:11]
Acts 8:37 Some manuscripts:Phillip said, “If you believe with all your heart , you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
Acts 15:34 Some manuscripts:But Silas decided to remain there.
Acts 24:7 Some manuscripts:And wanted to judge him according to our law. But the commander, Lysias, came and with the use of much force snatched him from our hands and ordered his accusers to come before you.
Acts 28:29 Some manuscripts:After he said this, the Jews left, arguing vigorously among themselves.
Romans 16:24 Some manuscripts:May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen.
1 John 5:7 Late manuscripts of the Vulgate: : Testify in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. (not found in any Greek manuscript before the sixteenth century) And there are three that testify on earth: the…

Some distinguishing characteristics of the KJV only cult:
  • Proponents of the "KJV-only" approach to a relationship with God often refer to the King James Bible as the authorized version.
  • Some KJV only proponents will accept the more contemporary editions of the KJV while others will only consider the original 1611 publishing as the preserved word of God.


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