I know my post is long but I really need some clarification & help!!!
Thanks for answering my post to the best of your ability!!! :)
**There are so many versions of the Bible now the 1611 KJV, NIV, THE AMPLIFIED, THE MESSAGE BIBLE, NASB, etc. How do you know which version is correct?? I normally read the KJV, but there are parts of it I just don't understand, so I also compare these verses to the NASB Bible. I purchased a NIV & I was shocked to find entire sentences that are in the 1611 KJV missing or omitted entirely!!! By omitting these verses it gives the content of what they are talking about in the 1611 KJV Bible an entirely different meaning!!! I also don't understand how they can just change around some of the original 1611 KJV which I know is the best translation they could do back in England from the original Hebrew, Aramaic & Greek & which is worldwide known as the closest you can get to read the original Hebrew, Aramaic, & Greek.
I plan on getting an original Hebrew, Aramaic & Greek Bible that has been translated into English. I even found some website that show you the original Hebrew, Aramaic & Greek translation with the English translation underneath.
GOD himself said in the book of Revelation 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."
So my main question is how can you have Bible versions like the NIV omitting entire verses from the 1611 KJV & as I said by doing that they have changed entirely what the verse or chapter was saying or meant???
I still stick with the 1611 KJV & little NKJV & NASB when I need more clarification because the NKJV & the NASB talks more in our modern English language.
Is it wrong to have all of these Bible Translations & to compare them to the 1611 KJV??? And what about what GOD said in Revelation 22:18-19 about not changing one word or adding one word to the writing in this book ~ The Bible.
PLEASE HELP BECAUSE I AM TOTALLY CONFUSED WATCHING PREACHERS ON TV PREACH FROM THE NIV, THE AMPLIFIED, THE MESSAGE BIBLE ETC. & some of the verses or chapters are no where near or in the 1611 KJV Bible.
I must admit the first time I read the NIV it was so refreshing to read!!! I could understand every word of the Bible for the 1st time in my life & I like the way it flows smoothly to me. I am now scared to read the NIV or such versions of the Bible that have omitted or changed GOD'S word around so drastically!!!
I was comparing different translations of the Bible using my parallel Bible & now I don't know what to do because of this verse in the 1611 KJV of the Bible
Then when I heard different TV ministers saying how the NIV is not the Bible you should be reading & then they started giving examples of missing verses & chapters missing!!!
I was so shocked I googled the NIV missing & sure enough there are entirely different verses & chapters changed or missing in the NIV!!!
During my google search I came upon this website & it shocked me even more now I really don't know what to do???
Here are a few of the differences between the 1611 KJV & the NIV version that the below website gave as proof & I checked it out & they are right:
This is one of the websites that popped up with my Google search about missing verses or chapters from the NIV.
http://www.valueoftruth.org/bible/missing.html & Consider the following sample: KJV & the NIV,
** You need to pull out your Bibles if you have several like I do or your parallel Bible or go online to fill in the blanks to see what is missing from the above examples above comparing the KJV to the NIV translation.
I went to "Biblegateway.com" used their parallel Bible search feature which compares whatever verse or chapter you pick out of the Bible & shows you what the difference is. It's much quicker for me than pulling out my actual Parallel Bible & constantly turning pages ~ just a few clicks & the verses & chapters are there side by side. Love this feature :)
(KJV) Revelation 1:8 - I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, (NIV) Revelation 1:8 - "I am the Alpha and the Omega," ______________ says the Lord God,
**What is at stake - Clarity that Jesus is eternal, not created.
(KJV) Revelation 1:11 - Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, ... (NIV) Revelation 1:11 - which said: __________ "...."
**What is at stake - Clarity that Jesus is eternal, not created.
(KJV) Revelation 5:14 - And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever NIV) Revelation 5:14 - ...and the elders fell down and worshipped __________.
**What is at stake - Clarity of the Lord being eternal, not created.
(KJV) Revelation 14:5 - And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. (NIV) Revelation 14:5 - No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless _____________.
**What is at stake - They weren't faultless or perfect - but their hearts were right ... before man? No, before God.
(KJV) Revelation 20:12 - And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; (NIV) Revelation 20:12 - And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened
**What is at stake - Clarity that all the dead shall stand before God...
(KJV) Revelation 22:14 - Blessed are they that do his commandments, (NIV) Revelation 22:14 - "Blessed are those who wash their robes,"
**What is at stake - Blessed for obedience or clean clothes??
(KJV) Revelation 22:19 - 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, (NIV) Revelation 22:19 - And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city,
**What is at stake - It is no coincidence that the most changed book of the Bible would remove eternal damnation from the very curse for changing God's words!
See also: Rev. 6:16, 11:17, 16:5
**This is only a small sample of the differences between the Bibles.
** What you just read is what the above website I found during my google search & there are thousands upon thousands of websites that show you the differences. You just have to check it out for yourself.
Again, I hope someone can help me with my original question: is it wrong to read some of these Bible translations that are going against GOD'S written word in Revelation 22:18-19.