Missing Bible Verses?

Quite a few years ago, when I was dating my very first boyfriend, we argued about what type of bible should be used.  I think at that time, I used a New King James Version or maybe a New International Version bible, he argued that words were changed and or left out of that version as well as other versions.  He made me really take a look at what I was reading.  God has a pretty strong feeling about adding or subtracting from His bible, just take a look at this verse!!

Revelation 22:18-19

 18For 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.
It makes it pretty clear that God doesn't like people tampering, in any way, with His words!  Just the other day I stumbled across a list of verses missing from most bible versions!!  Here's the list, you may want to go over your bible and see if these verses are missing, or they may have been moved to a footnote.

1. Matthew 17:21
2. Matthew 18:11
3. Matthew 23:14
4. Mark 9:44
5. Mark 9:46
6. Mark 15:28
7. Luke 17:36
8. Luke 23:17
9. John 5:4
10. Acts 8:37

And worse, these are just A FEW of the verses left out.  I didn't know there were so many until now.  In addition, there is one other thing I heard during a sermon not too long ago.  Most people believe the mark of the beast will be a tattoo of some type of tattoo or marking on the hand or forehead.  However, the bible has something different to say!!  It also depends on which version of the bible you use as well, and it's just ONE letter that makes the difference!!  For this example I'll show the same verse from three different popular translations, and then the one from the King James Version.

Revelation 13:16 (NIV)

16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads,

Revelation 13:16 (NKJV)
16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,

Revelation 13:16 (MSG)

13-17This second Beast worked magical signs, dazzling people by making fire come down from Heaven. It used the magic it got from the Beast to dupe earth dwellers, getting them to make an image of the Beast that received the deathblow and lived. It was able to animate the image of the Beast so that it talked, and then arrange that anyone not worshiping the Beast would be killed. It forced all people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to have a mark on the right hand or forehead. Without the mark of the name of the Beast or the number of its name, it was impossible to buy or sell anything.

Now for the King James Version!

Revelation 13:16

 16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

I was really stunned when my pastor pointed this out.  In the hand or forehead, not on it???  It's even more interesting when you learn that the FDA has already approved a computer chip for use in humans for transferring medical information! (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6237364/ns/health-health_care/t/fda-approves-computer-chip-humans/)

Is this something you were aware of?  Does it concern you?  Feel free to share in the comment section!!


Sophie said...

Dear Monica,
I hopped over your blog from Schy's at Pralines and Ponderings and saw this post :) I am aware of this actually. It was a few years ago and I was so confused! It did concern me then but not anymore. Basically, my college chaplain just informed not to get caught up in things like these because it ends up dividing Christians when we should try to be unified to make an impact on unbelievers :) I own a couple bible versions and they are great for Bible study. I tend to prefer versions to translations but that's just me. In conclusion, I tell people not to bother about this particular issue because it's really minor. Trying to interpret the Bible from history is responsible for this but it's not bad. I always tell others that if we were living in China or some bible-forbidden country, Christians would not even spend their time in this conversation :) Thanks for the post again...My, this is long! Sorry!

Gretchen said...

I used to work at a Christian Bookstore (for 4 years) and this particular battle would rage between some of our customers. The reason that different translations of the Bible (to an extent) don't bother me is having a greater understanding of HOW a translation is wrought. The King James isn't actually word-for-word from the actual manuscripts, which you COULD say is "adding or subtracting from the Word." The ONLY way to get the "actual" version of the scriptures is if you learn archaic Hebrew and Greek. The scriptures that you listed ARE in the other Bible translations, they're simply included in a more natural thought-for-thought flow, or some blend of that and word-for-word.

Also, The Message is technically a paraphrase, not a translation, meaning that it's not intended for study but rather for comprehensive reading.

Sophie said...

Good comments, Gretchen! :)

The Atypical Housewife said...

I truly appreciate your opinions! I understand that the only way to get the “actual” version of the scriptures would be to learn archaic Hebrew and Greek, however, wouldn’t it stand to reason to read the version that is closest to original? The more versions and translations, the more men are adding, or taking away from God’s word trying to make it more “understandable”. I know for a fact in the New International Version there are over 40 verses that are COMPLETELY removed! 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, and from the things which are written in this book.” If God felt that strongly about His words being removed, shouldn’t we feel that way as well? This is just food for thought; I definitely don’t want to offend anyone! In some ways this seems like such a small issue, just words you know? At the same time it’s these words that we have built our religion on! Again thank you so much for your opinions, I love hearing other people’s thoughts and reactions!!

Sophie said...

Dear Monica,
Thanks for your comment :) Honestly, from what I've read in Bible history, learning Greek/Hebrew helps to "discern" the right words in the Bible. For example, head covering: we can know if we are actually meant to cover our heads because Christians are divided on this issue. When you state close to the original, I'm afraid but I don't think there's any perse. Yes there are ancient texts but even those were translated. I doubt we have the original copies from the Apostles. Remember the Catholic Church had the one version for a long time and didn't want to translate it until people like Wycliffe, etc. came along. You state: NIV has verses removed. Have you thought maybe KJV has verses added?? :) Some people believe that and maybe they're right. For example, some don't believe that Christ actually let the adulterous woman go. So nobody knows, I guess the question we should ask is "are the words consistent with scripture"? That's why we don't use the Catholic Bible. Now, if I were catholic, I would tell you that you're not using the complete bible because various books have been omitted! Very true but the reason why they were is because it wasn't consistent with scripture and the translators didn't believe it was the inspired Word of God. Is that correct? Well, if you read their Bible, you'll see difference! It's like reading two books. Same thing with the Book of Mormon or Jehovah's witness Bible. I'm not trying to bash bibles but only addressing this issue :) I do understand your concerns and I wrestled with them in the past. I guess it's why I prefer versions than translations. I do agree it is scary when you think about NIV subtracting or KJV adding, who knows! but let's try to not get too caught up on the issues. I know Christians that actually fight on this and unbelievers look at them like they're crazy lol. Yes it is right to bring it up and reason it out. What I'll say is if you're comfortable with KJV, then stick with it. I personally will not buy the Message or translations. They sound strange to me. If it works for another, then good. At least, he/she has a bible. I grew up with the KJV and also have NASB, NIV, ESV, etc. It helps with my Bible study! Sry for another long comment!!

One more: Even if KJV and NIV added or subtracted, we can't start digging years of history to find out. I wish though :)

The Atypical Housewife said...

Your welcome! Thank you for being so gracious in your comments!! A lot of people get very heated when discussing such topics! And no worries about the length of your comment!! My comments tend to be ridiculously long as well! Actually, the thought hadn't occured to me that perhaps the KJV had verses added, mainly because I would think and hope that God would leave us with a version that wasn't altered dramatically. Haha, unfortunately it's not one of those things we can be totally sure of! I would never go so far as to say that the KJV is the ONLY version, however at the moment I would say the KJV and the NKJV are the bibles I'm most comfortable with! I only meant for this post to be educational, as many may not know or have realized how much was removed, or that any was! I originally thought there were only small changes or words, I had no idea entire verses were missing! I've actually always wanted a parallel bible so I could read and see different translations/versions all in one place! So much easier than having lots of seperate bibles! Thanks again for your comments, and I hope you have a great weekend!!

Sophie said...

Oh you're welcome! People don't need to get heated but I was like that when I was younger :( Very true! I think God did leave us a version like that but over the years, and with all the translations (into languages), it's quite difficult. The good thing is that at least they tried to preserve the Bible and God made sure of that. As I stated earlier, people still try to add do stuff with His word but they won't succeed :) KJV/NKJV are great! I se them a lot. I just added the other versions because I like having all kinds :) except translations of course. Your post was definitely educational and it's good you brought it up. I think at first people will be shocked which is why we must discuss healthily. When I first knew, trust me, it wasn't easy! I even went as far to say the Bible is not the inspired word! :( but I had to understand God preserves His Word though others attack, that despite everything that happened to it, it's still here and still transforms people's lives. Yeah, verses are missing or added, it's really interesting! The good thing is some Bible paraphrase those verses at the bottom of the page. Parallel bibles are great and I had one before but since I'm growing my library and love books, I welcome separate ones :) Have a great weekend cos it's beautiful outside, at least here :) And thanks for a wonderful discussion! I'll be stopping by again :)

Sophie said...

Dear Monica!
I feel bad to continue haha (I don't mind actually) but I just wanted to tell you to please get The story of the bible by Larry stone. It answers all your questions on this topic. I'm going through it right now! I got it free from a blogging program! It definitely helps :)

The Atypical Housewife said...

No reason to feel bad!! Thank you so much for your book recommendations!! I'm actually a part of a few blogging for book programs, and I need to post some book reviews!! I will definitely have to get my hands on this book and read through it!!

Anonymous said...

Haha! I understand book reviews! I'm going to read yours :) It's Sophie btw. Sometimes, I'm too lazy to sign in!