Missing Verses Missing Blood The Differences

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.

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.

  • Missing Blood

    A brief examination of the missing atonement-through-blood argument.

    Some people will have you believe that modern translations of the Bible are watering down (or worse, deliberately attacking and distorting) The Word of God. They will point out various isolated differences between the KJV and a modern translation as evidence of this phenomenon.

    One particular verse in the Bible that is often cited as an example of this is Colossians 1:14:

    In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
    Colossians 1:14 – KJV

    in whom we have redemption through His blood, [FN] the forgiveness of sins.
    [FN] = NU-Text and M-Text omit ‘through His blood’
    Colossians 1:14 – NKJV

    in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
    Colossians 1:14 – NIV

    Now we can immediately notice a few things:

  • The modern translation known as the New King James Version also includes: “through His blood”. This is a modern translation that still includes “through His blood” in this particular verse, Colossians 1:14.

  • The modern translation NKJV capitalizes the “His” in the passage, emphasizing the deity of Christ, whereas the KJV does not. Using similar logic, on this point, one might argue the NKJV has the superior representation of this particular verse and the KJV has a watered-down reading, comparatively speaking.

  • The NIV does not contain the words “through His blood” at all…in THIS verse.

  • Now, to say, as some might, that this means the NIV translators have watered down (or worse yet, deceptively removed) the atonement of sin through Christ’s blood-sacrifice is an unfounded and non-factual statement, the truth of which is easily seen if one only takes the time to actually look.

    The atonement by blood-sacrifice is well represented in many other places of the same translation.

    Take a look at a few other passages from the NIV translation that attest to the integral role His blood plays in the atonement of our sin:

    In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace
    Ephesians 1:7 – NIV

    but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
    1 Peter 1:19 – NIV

    But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
    Ephesians 2:13 - NIV

    How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
    Hebrews 9:14 – NIV

    and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
    Revelation 1:5 – NIV

    God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—
    Romans 3:25 - NIV

    As demonstrated above, the NIV, one example of a contemporary version of the Bible, does not in fact water down the importance of the atonement through the blood of Christ whatsoever.

    Even after seeing this, some may say that for the translators to have taken away anything at all, even just from one place, makes them untrustworthy.

    However, if they WOULD say that, then they would also have to be prepared to hold the KJV translators up to the same standard.

    This is where they often reveal the fact that they have not actually done due diligence in examining these matters for themselves. After all, anybody can clearly see for themselves that in fact, there have been MANY words and phrases that have been removed AS WELL as added through the centuries in the KJV.

    The Differences

    ...between KJV 1611 and KJV 1850

    Most readers will be aware that numberless and not inconsiderable departures from the original or standard edition of the Authorized Translation as published in 1611, are to be found in the modern Bibles which issue from the press by thousands every year.
    Some of these differences must be imputed to oversight and negligence, from which no work of man can be entirely free; but much the greater part of them are deliberate changes, introduced silently and without authority by men whose names are often unknown.
    Now, if such alterations had been made invariably for the worse, it would have been easy in future editions to recall the primitive readings, and utterly to reject the later corruptions.
    This, however, is far from being the case.
    Not a few of these variations, especially those first met with in Cambridge folio Bibles dated 1629 and 1638, which must have been superintended with much critical care, amend manifest faults of the original Translators or editors, so that it would be most injudicious to remove them from the place they have deservedly held in all our copies for the last 250 years'.
    - F. H. A. Scrivener

    Here are just a few examples:
    The 1611 and 1850 KJV versions are compared and you can click the image clipping to see it for yourself in an ACTUAL 1611 publishing.
    KJV 1611
    KJV Today
    I John 5:12 Hee that hath the Sonne, hath life; and hee that hath not the Sonne hath not life. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
    I Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables, and endlesse genealogies, which minister questions, rather then edifying which is in faith: so doe. Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
    John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater then the Lord … Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord…
    Matthew 12:23 And all the people were amazed and said, Is this the sonne of David? And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
    Ezekiel 24:7 For her blood is in the middest of her : she set it upon the toppe of a rocke, she poured it upon the ground to cover it with dust : For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust;
    Isaiah 49:13 Sing, O heaven, and be joyfull, Earth, and breake forth into singing, O Mountains : for God hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
    Ruth 3:15 Also he said, Bring the || vaile that thou hast upon thee, and holde it. And when she helde it, he measured five measures of barley, and laide it on her : and he went into the citie. Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city.
    I Corinthians 12:28 And God hath set some in the Church, first Apostles, secondarily Prophets, thirdly Teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helpes in governments, || diversities of tongues. (||= Or, Kinds) And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
    Missing Verses Missing Blood The Differences