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In the garden of Eden Satan challenged what God said (Genesis 3:1,) then he outright called God a liar (Genesis. 3:4.) Eve added to what God has said (Genesis 3:32,) and there you have it...satan and men contradicting what God has said. Satan claimed to Eve that God is unjust, unkind and untruthful. Now Jesus said that Satan was a liar, that there was no truth in Him...that he was the father of lies (John 8:44.) We now have the boundaries drawn, EITHER we accept God's word as preserved truth (Psalms 12:6-7) or we accept the "changed" word. Notice what God had to say about those given to change:

"My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change." Proverbs 24:21

Think with me for a moment. If something is wrong and it is corrected, wouldn't it be right? We now have over 300 different Bible versions, all correcting the King James Version, yet none of them will admit to being the "words of the Lord."

“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” Psalms 12:6-7

Let me give an example of how the changing of a word changes the message:

"Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." John 15:2

The New King James Bible uses the word "prune" for the word "purge." The New International Version says "cuts off." Now there is a big difference between pruning and purging. Purging means to purify or cleanse, while pruning means to lop off. Does Christ cleanse us or does He lop us off?

The King James Bible uses the word "hell" fifty-four times while the New King James only has it 32 times, refusing to translate "sheol" in the Old Testament and the word "hades" in the New Testament. They are only transliterated words, not translated.

Both Greek and Hebrew are dead languages. Only an Almighty God would know that English would be the universal language in the latter days. All towers at airports must speak English, regardless of what country it is in, France, Germany or whatever. Each one is required to speak their own language plus English. The exact time is measured in Greenwich, England. All other times are set according to the English time. Longitude and latitude originate from England. You wouldn't know where you were if it were not for England. Absolute location is found from an English location. The King James Bible was translated under the authority of a king.

“Where the word of a king is, there is power...”
Ecclesiastes 8:4 

The King James is the only Bible that I have that does not have a copyright on it. Anybody can print and sell the King James Bible. If you do that with any other translation you will be sued. As they say in the world, "Follow the money."

There are more than 40 quotations from the Old Testament into the New Testament. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the New Testament was written in Greek. When Jesus read from Isaiah in Luke 4:16-21, He read from Hebrew because that is what it was written in. When you read what Christ read, you read it from a Greek text that was written in English. The verses in Luke are an inspired translation of the Hebrew. This means we have an inspired translation!

It does not take a college education to understand the King James Bible.

“They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge." Proverbs 8:9

While we are at it, let’s discuss the "easier to read" charge made by all the new versions. Does the word "tunic" shed more light than the word "coat" (Matthew 5:40; Luke 6:29; John 19:23) in the New King James Bible? 

Would your grandchild understand "denarius" in the “much better” New King James Bible than "penny" in the Old Bible? 

What about "magi" instead of "wise men" (Matthew 3:12) or "winnowing fork" instead of "fan" or "two drachma tax instead of "tribute money" in the New International Version? Of course not!

What about the italicized words added by the translators, showing it is not an exact translation? Any translator must add or change words for understanding. The fact is, this showed the honesty of the translators because no other Bible has italicized words. In Spanish, "por que" is always "for what," but in English we say "what for" and translate as such.

The argument is made that the translators did not claim to be inspired...neither did Moses, Peter, Paul or James.

Some say that no one uses "thee, thou, thine, thy" anymore. These aid in interpretation. They are ALWAYS singular, while "you" is plural.

What about words that end in "eth?" These words indicate "continuous action."

What about the argument that the King James language is outdated and harder to read. The Flesch-Kincaid research company's “Grade Level Indicator” rates the King James Version at a 5.8 grade level, while ranking the New International Version at an 8.4 grade level and the New King James Version at a 7.7 grade level!

It actually comes down to this, either we have God's inerrant word or we don't. We will believe it or we won't. Our reaction to the Bible is a matter of the heart, not of the mind or reasoning. You can be HONEST or DISHONEST.

Keep Looking Up!

In loving memory of Leland Maples