Issue Date: March/April 2008
Proverbs 30:5-6 declares: "Every word of God is pure... Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." That includes adding or subtracting. (See Revelation 22:18-19.)
Psalm 12:6-7 repeats that "The words of the LORD are pure words." Then promises: "Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."
Each of these scriptures clearly states the "words" of God, not just the "word" (concepts) of God. Part of His inspiration of the Old Testament included the awesome respect that He gave the scribes who made meticulously exact copies.
The indictment as a liar should make any translator pause. A liar is one who causes confusion. But the translators of the modern versions of the Bible lack that respect creating great confusion.
Isaiah 14:12 is an example. The KJV states clearly that it is Lucifer who is being spoken of. Modern versions use "morning star" and "star of the morning." There is no question in the mind of the average layman who is meant by "Lucifer." But when you also find "morning star" in Rev. 22:16 and discover it is Jesus, you may wonder just who Isaiah is talking about.
In his book, Answers to Your Bible Version Questions, author David W. Daniels discusses many more places where modern versions change the meanings of God`s words to the confusion of the reader. These changes can have serious eternal consequences for both the translators and the readers.
Many churches declare in their statement of faith that they do not believe we have a perfect Bible today. They only believe that the "original autographs" were God`s perfect words. So, when those were lost or worn out, we no longer had a Bible we could fully trust.
But God said, in Psalm 12:6-7 (KJV) that His words are pure and that He would preserve them forever. The church that believes we have lost the perfect originals is, in effect, calling God a liar. Actually, this scripture is yet another place where the modern versions have drastically changed the meaning. We can only ask, "Who`s the liar?"