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I'm wondering were are some passages in the NIV, like: Matthew 17:21 Matthew 18:11 Mark 9:44 Mark 11:26 Mark 15:28 Luke 17:36

And some more. Also there are some passages where the NIV delete some phrases as in Matthew 5:44 NIV

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you


But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you

I don't understand the need of change the bible as it was for so many years, I personally find the old versions really rich in culture and those express much more than the news versions does. Also in the Old versions, the points and commas were really important to don't change the original meaning. And the Bible teaches that God is the one that gives us revelation through the Holly Spirit to understand the scriptures, so there's no need to change the Bible to make it 'more understandable'

And finally in the bible says:

Revelation 22:18-19 KJV

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: 19And 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.

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Verse in Revelation is referring to Revelation itself. "The words of the prophecy of this book" --- well, " good to those who hate you" is not a prophecy. Revelation is almost entirely prophecy. – Simply a Christian Feb 2 '13 at 17:26
The NIV didn't "change the Bible" because (a) the KJV is not the Bible, it's a translation thereof; and (b) the NIV is not a revision of the KJV, but a separate translation. Furthermore, if there's truly "no need to change the Bible to make it 'more understandable'", why are you reading a translation at all? – TRiG Feb 4 '13 at 1:31
@TRiG thanks for the help, but I read the Hebrew and Greek's first versions of the bible, also in other languages as english (KJV, NIV), spanish (RVR60, NVI, LBLA),.. And I found interesting that the new versions doesn't have those verses, and some versions just add it at the bottom of the page. And you know is important to know more about the source of what you are reading. – Xoltic Feb 9 '13 at 21:43
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The NIV has some "missing" verses because it is based on different manuscripts than, say, the King James version.

For some background, we don't have manuscripts of the original writings of the New Testament. We have copies of them, and as with text that is copied manually, there is room for copyist error, or for people to add or remove things - purposely or inadvertently. Note that copyist errors don't affect the doctrine of inspiration, inerrancy, or infallibility of the Word. And even though there are slight changes, it's still reliable for doctrine.

The verses that the NIV "removes" are simply not in the manuscripts used for translating it.

There's more detail available all over the web. This is one such page.

There's also a good article at Contender Ministries that covers this.

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It is probably worth noting that the choice of manuscripts used by the NIV are not arbitrary, but include manuscripts not available to the KJV translators and are based on new knowledge. – DJClayworth Feb 3 '13 at 2:04
Perhaps, but I thought that might lead to a "which is better?" debate. I'm trying really hard to not provide reasons for debate. – David Feb 3 '13 at 14:38
well, thanks for the help.. I'm gonna read those links you add.. Anyway even if it's still reliable for doctrine, it lose verses that are really important that I had read in Greek, that explains a lot of things because had amazing implications. – Xoltic Feb 9 '13 at 21:37

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