I came to know the Lord in my early teens and was taught from the KJV Bible. In fact, I didn't even know there were other versions of the Bible until much later.
My next experience with different versions happened when I taught Bible studies to people around the neighborhood near the church building in Portland, Oregon. Whether we were at the kitchen table or a cafe, we'd open up our Bibles and take turns reading the scriptures. Quite often someone brought a New International Version or NASB. When we compared the verses, about half the time they basically said the same thing. The other times there were noticeable differences. And every so often an entire verse just wasn't there. The chart below from AV1611.com shows a few examples of these differences. Decide for yourself if these seem like minor differences to you:
- Deut 4:1-2 Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
- Prov. 30:5-6 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.
- Rev. 22: 18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
David wrote in Psalm 119:142, "Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth." In other words, God's word doesn't just contain truth mix in with it; It is the truth. And according to John 8: 32, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." But what if someone has added to it or taken away from it? Can it still be truth? Will it still have the power to make us free?
Let us all preach and teach the truth in love, lest we be blind leaders of the blind and we both fall into the ditch.