Someone mailed me the following question: Why do you feel so strongly about the King James Bible?
My answer was as follows:
You ask a very important question that is not quickly answered in its entirety. I have studied this issue for years, mainly through listening to those who have devoted their lives to studying it. I have read several books that deal with the issue. Let me give you just a very small sampling of my reasons.
Before I begin, let me refer you to: King James Bible Page which will give more information. Also, you may want to look at my online book review of The Word: God Will Keep It.
One related argument is: “Only the originals are divinely taught.” That argument is really ludicrous, because it does not take into account that there are no originals nor does it take into account God. If only the originals are divinely inspired, there is no word of God. However, that God can reproduce his word, even if it is destroyed, lost or decomposes – should be evident to a born again believer. Those who make the argument that only the originals are inspired have a small god, not the God of the Bible. See Jeremiah 36 for witness to the power of God when man attempts to destroy it. God has preserved his word through men. See below.
(1) First and foremost, I believe the Bible, and I am totally convinced that the KJB is the Bible in English.
(2) All English Versions except the KJB (at least all significant versions, and I think all versions except the KJB) come down through the Catholic/Alexandrian line, a contaminated line. The KJB lineage goes back to Antioch. A lot of study has gone into this issue.
(3) If one version is not the word of God, then there is no word of God. If there is a word of God in English, which I am convinced beyond a doubt that there is, there can only be one. All versions are different, significantly different, so they cannot all be the word of God. God said he would preserve his words. Psalms 12:6-7 (which many versions eliminate-check yours) “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.” Notice that the “words” are pure, not the thoughts, etc. By faith, I believe whatever God says. Every word is precisely where it is for a reason. Every word is like a piece of a puzzle-it has to be there for the puzzle to be complete. Altering the words can significantly impact the study of the precepts, since one must consider every word spoken on a topic to get a full understanding of the topic. Only the KJB is consistent and interprets itself. This is because the KJB translators set out to do a word by word translation, not an interpretation like those who interpreted the other versions. The interpretors of the other versions started with contaminated manuscripts and further contaminated them by their methods of interpretation.
(4) The Bible testifies as to its own inspiration:
(a) The writers affirm, where they speak of the subject at all, that they speak by direct divine authority.
(b) They invariably testify that the words, and not the ideas merely, are inspired. An important passage is 1 Co. 2.7-15 which is copied and pasted below.
(c) The whole attitude of Jesus Christ toward the Old Testament, as disclosed in His words, both before His death and after His resurrection, confirms its truth and divine origin, and He explicitly ascribes the Pentateuch to Moses.
(d) In promising subsequent revelations after the predicted advent of the Spirit (John 16:12-15 copied and pasted below) our Lord prepared the way for the New Testament.
(e) The writers of the New Testament invariably treat the Old Testament as authoritative and inspired. (2 Pe. 1:19-21 copied and pasted below; 1 Co 2:13 copied and pasted below with note).
Here are just a small sampling of Bible verses which testify of the power of God to preserve His Word and the danger of tampering with the words in the Bible. The meaning and thoughts are conveyed by the words, and changing the words alters the overall meaning of the words and the thoughts behind those words.
1 Corinthians 2:7-15: “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”
John 16.12-15: “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
2 Peter 1:19-21: “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Note. That is, made more sure by fulfilment in part. Fulfilled prophecy is a proof of inspiration because the Scripture predictions of future events were uttered so long before the events transpired that no merely human sagacity or foresight could have anticipated them, and these predictions are so detailed, minute, and specific, as to exclude the possibility that they were mere fortunate guesses. Hundreds of predictions concerning Israel, the land of Canaan, Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, and numerous personages–so ancient, so singular, so seemingly improbable, as well as so detailed and definite that no mortal could have anticipated them–have been fulfilled by the elements, and by men who were ignorant of them, or who utterly disbelieved them, or who struggled with frantic desperation to avoid their fulfilment. It is certain, therefore, that the Scriptures which contain them are inspired. “Prophecy came not in olden time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
1 Corinthians 2.13 (It is good to read all of 1 Corinthians 2 on this matter) “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
2 Timothy 3:16,17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
2 Peter 1:20,21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
Note. (1) The writers of Scripture invariably affirm, where the subject is mentioned by them at all, that the words of their writings are divinely taught.
(2) 1 Co. 2:9-14 gives the process by which a truth passes from the mind of God to the minds of His people:
(a) The unseen things of God are undiscoverable by the natural man (1 Co. 2:9).
(b) These unseen things God has revealed to chosen men (1 Co. 2:10-12).
(c) The revealed things are communicated in Spirit-taught words (1 Co. 2:13). This implies neither mechanical dictation nor the effacement of the writer’s personality, but only that the Spirit infallibly guides in the choice of words from the writer’s own vocabulary (1 Co. 2:13).
(d) These Spirit-taught words, in which the revelation has been expressed, are discerned, as to their true spiritual content, only by the spiritual among believers 1 Co. 2:15-16.
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.”
Deuteronomy 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.”
Psalm 12:6-7: “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.”
Psalm 119:89: “For ever, Oh Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”
Psalm 138.2 :“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
Proverbs 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.”