Article: When the NKJV departs from the TR by Will Kinney

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When the new King James Bible departs from the underlying Greek text of the King James Bible.

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Matthew

  • Matthew 5:37 “But let your COMMUNICATION be, Yea, Yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh OF EVIL.”

The Greek texts read: estw de HO LOGOS humwn nai, nai, ou, ou. to de perisson toutwn ek tou ponerou estin.

Tyndale and the Geneva Bibles agree word for word with the KJB. The NASB agrees with the KJB. However there are several problems with the NKJV. First of all, the NKJV omits the word “communication”, then it adds “and your”, and finally changes the meaning of “from evil” to “from THE EVIL ONE.” Of evil is the reading of Tyndale, Geneva, NASB, RSV, and the ESV.

The NKJV reads: “But let your Yes be Yes,(omits “communication”), AND YOUR (added to text) No, No. For whatsoever is more than these is from THE EVIL ONE.” Christ is speaking about the evil that comes from our own hearts, not about Satan.

  • Matthew 18:26 (KJV) The servant therefore fell down, AND WORSHIPPED HIM, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
  • Matthew 18:26 (NKJV) "The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' (NASV, NIV, NRSV)

The word “worshipped him” is in all Greek texts the Geneva Bible and even in the Revised Version and the American Standard Version. The NKJV just chose to omit it as did the RSV, NASB, and NIV.

  • Matthew 18:35, “if ye from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother THEIR trespasses”.

Majority and C have “their trespasses”, but the Sinaticus and Vaticanus omit, so ‘their’ is not in the RSV, NASB or NIV. However the NKJV says, “HIS trespasses”, and ‘his’ is not found in any manuscript. “Their” trespasses is found in other Bibles which are based on the Textus Receptus of the KJB, as are Tyndale, Bishops’ Bible, the Geneva, and Young’s translation.

The “wedding” is ‘o gamos’, and is found in the majority, D, B(2), Tyndale, and Geneva; but Sinaticus says ‘o numphon’, the “wedding hall”. The NKJV follows the RSV, NASB, NIV with “wedding hall”.

  • Matthew 24:13, “But he that endureth unto the end, THE SAME shall be saved.”

The word for THE SAME here is ‘houtos’ and is rendered as ‘the same’ in Tyndale, the R.V., ASV, and others. This word adds emphasis, and the NASB reads, “It is he who shall be saved.” The NKJV joins the NIV in omitting this word, and says merely, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

  • Matthew 24:40 “THE one shall be taken, and the other left”,

There is a definite article before “the one” which is in the majority and TR (Tyndale, Bishops’, Geneva Bible) but is omitted in Sinaticus and Vaticanus and the NKJV along with the RSV, NASB, NIV also omits it.

  • Matthew 25:17, “And likewise he that had received two, HE ALSO, gained other two.”

Here these two little words, kai autos, are found in the majority, TR and A, but W/H omits them and doesn’t even show them as an alternative reading. The NKJV also omits them like the NASB and NIV. It says, “And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.” The Geneva, Young, Darby, Webster’s, World English Bible, Hebrew Names Version, 21st Century KJB, and the Third Millenium Bible agree with the KJB.

Is a statement in the majority, in the original Westcott/Hort text, the ASV, Revised Version, Tyndale, Geneva, and Douay. But the UBS (United Bible Society) has later changed this to a question, and now the NKJV follows the RSV, NASB, NIV in making it a question. The NKJV has, “Are you still sleeping and resting?”.

Mark

In Mark 9:25, All the texts describe the spirt that attacked a father’s son from his youth as “Thou DUMB and DEAF spirit, I charge thee come out of him.” The RV, ASV, RSV, NRSV, Tyndale, and Geneva read as the KJB does, “dumb and deaf” spirit. But the NKJV, NIV and NAS have reversed these two words and say: “you DEAF and DUMB spirit”. This is not even following their own UBS texts.

Mark 12:25 “...nor are given in marriage; but are as THE (hoi) angels which are in heaven.” Here the word “the” (hoi) is found in the Majority of all texts as well as Vaticanus and A, and is even in the NIV. However Sinaiticus and C omit the definite article and so do the NKJV, NASB, RSV.

Luke

Luke 1:35, “that holy thing which shall be born OF THEE (ek sou) shall be called the Son of God.” The phrase, ‘of thee’, is found in the TR of the KJB, C, Theta, f1, many cursives, the Old Latin, Lamsa’s 1933 translation from the Syriac Peshitta, the Geneva Bible, and the Italian Diodati, which precedes the KJB. It is quoted by many church fathers, including, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Hippolytus, Athanasius, Origen, Agustine, and others. Yet the NKJV, NIV, and NAS, omit these two little words from their translations.

Luke 5:7 “they beckoned unto their partners WHICH (tois) were in the other ship. Tois (which) is found in the majority, A.C. and TR, (Tyndale, Geneva, Bishops’ Bible) but is omitted in Sinaiticus and Vaticanus, and the NKJV also omits this word as do the RSV, NASB, NIV.

Luke 6:4 “It is not lawful to eat but for the priests ALONE (monous). “ALONE” is found in all texts, (Tyndale, Bishops’, Geneva) and is in the NASB too, but the NKJV unites with the NIV in omitting this word. The NKJV reads: “it is not lawful for any but the priests.”

Luke 6:9 “Is it lawful on the Sabbath DAYS to do good or to do evil?”. Here the majority, A and TR have “days” plural (Tyndale, Bishops’, Geneva Bible), but Sinaiticus,Vaticanus have the singular “day”. The NKJV follows NASB, RSV, ESV, NIV and says: “on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil?”

Luke 12:49 is a question in the Textus Receptus of the KJB, and also a question in the R.V, and ASV, Tyndale, Geneva and even the Douay. However, the UBS has once again changed and the NASB, NIV, and NKJV unite in making it an exclamation. The KJB says:” I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?” But the NKJV says: “and how I wish it were already kindled!”

Luke 16:14 “And the Pharisees ALSO, who were covetous...” Here the Majority, the TR and A have KAI oi farisaioi. Tyndale and Geneva both read exactly as the KJB. Westcott/Hort omit the little word and/kai because not in B. Sinaticus omits the whole phrase. The NKJV likewise follows B here and has: “Now the Pharisees who were lovers of money...”

Luke 17:18 “There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.” In the Textus Receptus of the KJB this is a statement. It reads the same in the Geneva Bible, Tyndale, Darby and Young’s translation. But the W/H text has this verse as a question. The NKJV follows the NASB and NIV in saying: “Were there not found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”

Luke 22:10 “follow him into the house WHERE he entereth in.” Here the majority, TR, A and D have “where”- hou, which is an adverb of place. It is used in Luke 4:16,17 “where he had been brought up”, and “found the place where it was written”. It is curious that even the RV and ASV, along with Young’s and Darby read “where”. But the W/H text reads EIS HEN- INTO WHICH instead of “where”. The NKJV follows W/H with: “follow him into the house WHICH he enters.”

The NKJV is also wrong in the next verse where all texts say: “Where is the guestchamber, WHERE I shall eat the passover with my disciples?” Here the word is hopou or where, and is so translated even by the RSV, NRSV, and NIV. But the NKJV and NASB have “Where is the guest room IN WHICH I may eat...”

John

John 10:6 “This parable spake Jesus UNTO THEM”, autois - to them, is in all texts and even in the NASB, but the NKJV unites with the NIV in omitting it and says: “Jesus used this illustration”. Parable is also the rendering of the RV, ASV, Geneva, Douay and Jerusalem Bible. But the NKJV says “used” instead of “spake: eipon. The NKJV also omits the verb in the latter part of this verse. “But they understood not what things THEY WERE which they spake unto them.” The verb is in all texts and even in the NASB, but the NKJV unites with the NIV and omits it. The NKJV says: “they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.” - thus omitting the verb.

John 10:12 The Majority, TR and A read “and the wolf catcheth THEM and scattereth THE SHEEP. (Tyndale, Bishops’, Geneva Bible = KJB). However Vaticanus/Sinaticus omit “the sheep” and so the NASB has “scatters (them) as though not in the text, while the NIV paraphrases as usual and has “wolf attacks THE FLOCK and scatters IT.” But the NKJV reverses the Greek order of words and has: “the wolf catches THE SHEEP and scatters THEM.”

John 11:18 “about FIFTEEN furlongs off”. So read Tyndale, the Geneva Bible, the RV, ASV, but the NKJV, following the RSV, NASB, NIV changed the Greek numbers to “TWO miles away.”

John 12:40 “and BE CONVERTED” is a passive verb both in English and in Greek, (Tyndale, Geneva Bible, NASB) but the NKJV changed it into an active verb “lest they SHOULD TURN” (RSV, NIV, ESV). We cannot be converted unless God Himself turns us.

John 12:48 “The word that I have spoken, THE SAME (ekeinos) shall judge him in the last day.” (Revised Version, ASV) This word is in all texts and in the emphatic position but the NKJV has omitted it along with the RSV, NIV and NASB.

John 14:9 “Have I been so long TIME (chronos) with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Phillip?” TIME is in all texts (Tyndale, Geneva, ASV, RV, NIV) but the NKJV decided to omit it along with the RSV, ESV, and NASB.

John 14:10 The NKJV omitted another word in the emphatic position. “but the Father that dwelleth in me, HE (autos) doeth the works.” (Tyndale, Geneva Bible) The NKJV again omits this word as do the RSV, NIV and NASB.

John 14:30 presents a bad translation resulting in bad theology by the NKJV. The KJB, ASV, Geneva, RV, Spanish, Douay and even the NIV say: “the PRINCE of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” The NKJV and NASB call Satan the RULER of this world. God is the Ruler of this world, not Satan.

John 18:11 “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink IT? IT (auto) is in all texts (RV, ASV, NASB) but the NKJV omitted it as do the RSV and NIV.

John 18:20 “I always taught in THE SYNAGOGUE”. The TR has en TE sunagogee, singular,(Tyndale, Geneva Bible) but the Westcott-Hort texts omit the definite article, and the NKJV says “I always taught in synagogueS”, along with the RSV, ESV, NASB and NIV.

John 18:24. Here the NKJV, NIV, NAS create a contradiction, not because of the text but by the way they have translated it. The KJB, as well as the Spanish, Diodati, Webster’s, 21st Century KJV, Bishops’ Bible and the Geneva Bible, have correctly translated the phrase as: “ Now Annas HAD SENT him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.” The fact that Annas had already sent Jesus to Caiaphas can be seen from verses 13 and 19 of this same chapter, as well as from Matthew 26:57, Mark 14:55 and Luke 22:54. The NKJV, RSV, ESV, NAS and NIV blunder here in saying: “THEN Annas SENT Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.”

John 18:26 the NKJV, like the RSV, NIV, NASB, omits the verb found in all texts. “One of the servants of the high priest, BEING (hoon) his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off...” (“being” in RV, ASV, Youngs)

John 19:10 the NKJV omits the second set of the verb “I HAVE”.

JOHN 19:29 “they filled a spunge with VINEGAR and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.” This is a fulfilled Messianic prophesy found in Psalm 69:21 “in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink”. There even the NKJV has “vinegar” but here in John they have mistranslated it as SOUR WINE, thus obscuring this connection. Vinegar is the reading of the KJB, Tyndale, Geneva, ASV, RV, RSV, Darby and Young, but the NKJV and NASB read “sour wine” even though in the Pslam they still read vinegar.

Acts

Acts 10:7 “And when the angel which spake UNTO CORNELIUS (tw kornelio) was departed, HE called two of his household servants...” This is the reading of the majority and TR, but Sinaiticus,Vaticanus omit “unto Cornelius” and have “to him” (auto). The NKJV follows Sin/Vat and makes up its own text by saying: “when the angel who spoke TO HIM had departed, CORNELIUS called two of his household servants”. Here the NKJV tries to combine all of the divergent texts into one, and ends up creating a whole new reading not found in any single manuscript.

Acts 14:3 “AND (kai) granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.” The word AND (kai) is found in the Textus Receptus, C, L, 104,323, 945,1175, 1739 and others. It is also in Tyndale, Geneva and Young’s. But the Alexandrian texts omit, and so do the NKJV, NASB, NIV.

Acts 14:8 “BEING (huparkwn) a cripple from his mother’s womb.” The verb BEING is found in the Majority of all texts, the TR, Geneva, Tyndale, Young’s, and even in the NIV!, but again the NKJV joins the NASB, and the Alexandrian texts in omitting this word. In Acts 14:9 the NKJV joins the NIV in adding a word not found in any text at all. Instead of the KJB’s “The same heard Paul speak: WHO steadfastly beholding him...” the NKJV says: “This man heard Paul speaking. PAUL observing him intently...” The word PAUL is not in any text whatsoever.

Acts 15:23 “And they wrote letters by them AFTER THIS MANNER” After this manner is found in the majority, C, D, Sinaiticus correction, and the TR, Tyndale and Geneva, Youngs, and even the Revised Version and ASV, but the NKJV unites with the NASB/NIV, Vaticanus and A and omits these words.

Acts 17:14 “the brethren sent away Paul to go AS IS WERE (ws) to the sea.” is the reading of the majority and TR, Tyndale and Geneva. But the N & B have “TO the sea” (ews). And the NKJV unites with the NASB/NIV in reading so, thus departing from the KJB text.

Acts 18:6 “And when they opposed THEMSELVES (autwn) and blasphemed...” That is, they put themselves in the way, to block the preaching of Paul. All the texts here are the same and even the Revised Version and the ASV read as does the KJB, but the NASB omits “themselves”, the NKJV says “they opposed HIM” which in not in any text, and the NIV says “the Jews opposed PAUL”, again, neither Jews nor Paul is in any text.

Acts 19:9 “disputing daily in the school OF ONE (tinos) Tyrannus. This little word, tinos, is found in the majority and TR. but not in N or B. The NKJV unites with the NASB/NIV and omits it.

Acts 19:39 “but if ye enquire any thing CONCERNING OTHER MATTERS, (peri ‘eteron) it shall be determined in a lowful assembly.” This is the reading of the majority, A, D and even Sinaticus and the Geneva Bible as well as the ASV, but it is not found in B. The NKJV omits this phrase and says: “But if you have any other inquiry to make, it shall be determined in the lawful assembly.”

Acts 21:22 “What is it therefore?” (tí oun esti) is in all texts, but the NKJV omits the verb and has “What then?”

Acts 21:23 “We have four men which have a vow ON THEM” On them is Eph ‘eauton. This is found in all texts, and in the RV, ASV, Tyndale, Young’s, but the NKJV unites with the NIV and NASB to omit them. The NKJV reads “We have four men who have taken a vow.” Also the verb is a present tense “have” (exontes) but the NKJV makes it a perfect tense.

Acts 25:17 “When they were come HITHER...” (enthade) This is in all texts, even in the NASB and NIV, but the NKJV alone has omitted it. The NKJV says: “When they had come together..”

Acts 27:14 “But not long after there arose AGAINST IT (kat’ autns) a tempestuous wind.” All texts read “against it”, referring to the island of Crete. But the NKJV omits this phrase and says: “ a tempestuous head wind arose”, the NASB paraphrases as “from the land” and the NIV as “swept down from the island”.

Romans

Romans 7:6, “But now we are delivered from the law, THAT BEING DEAD, wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” This refers to the contextual analogy of the husband having died, and the wife can be married to another. The law died and was put to death by Christ who blotted out the “handwriting of ordinances that was against us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” Col.2:14. Here the TR of the KJB reads “apothanontOS” masculine singular. The law died. This is the reading of Green’s interlinear, the 21st Century KJB, Webster,s Bible of 1833, the Geneva Bible, the Modern Greek translation, Young’s translation, the Diodati, which preceded the KJB, and the Latin of Calvin. So it is a very ancient reading. The other Greek texts have a different reading. They say “we died” apothanontES, which is masculine plural. The truth that we died is also taught in other passages, but not in this one. The NKJV joins the NASB and NIV in saying, “We have been delivered from the law, HAVING DIED to what we were held by. . .”

Romans 14:9 “For to this end Christ BOTH (kai) died, AND ROSE, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.” (Bishops’ bible, Webster, Young’s)

Here the word for “both” (kai) is found in the TR, and the majority texts. But the Westcott-Hort texts omit this word here and they also omit “and rose”. The NKJV has adopted a middle ground here and omits “both” while retaining “and rose”. The NKJV reads: “For to this end Christ died and rose (footnote) and lived again.” NKJV Footnote: NU text omits and rose.

1 Corinthians

I Corinthians 6:4, is a statement or a command in the KJB, the Majority, the TR, Tyndale, Geneva, Darby, Young’s, Webster’s, and the Douay. But the Westcott/Hort text has this verse as a question, and the NKJV follows the NASB and Westcott/Hort. The KJB says, “If then ye have judgements of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.” In other words, the Christians were already guilty of judging others in their own congregation, as the context shows, so, he says, set the lowliest of the saints to judge these matters. Paul is using irony.

The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge notes: “The apostle perhaps meant that the meanest persons in the church were competent to decide the causes which they brought before the heathen magistrates.” The People’s New Testament comments: “ An ironical way of hinting that their differences were so petty as to be worthy only of the poorest witted.”

But the NKJV and NAS say, “do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?” While the NIV has “appoint as judges even men of little account in the church!”. An exclamation in the NIV.

1 Corinthians 15:10, 24 - “but the grace of God WHICH WAS with me”. Here the word translated as “which was” is in the majority, A, Sinaiticus correction and P 46. It is found in the RV, ASV and NIV too. But Vaticanus omits it and so does the NASB. The NKJV wrongly puts these words in italics as though they were not in the Greek text underlying the KJB.

In verse 24 “when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, EVEN (kai - in all texts) the Father”. This word is translated as EVEN by the RV, ASV, Geneva, Youngs and others. The NASB says God AND Father, but the NIV, NKJV both unite in omitting this word altogether. The NKJV says “unto God the Father”. A minor omission, but an omission nonetheless.

2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians 3:14, “for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; WHICH vail is done away in Christ.” The reading “which” (literally that which- 2 words- ‘o ti) is found in the TR of Green, Berry, and Trinitarian Bible Society. It is the reading of Tyndale, Geneva, Darby, Young, Spanish, the Revised Version, and even Douay. But the other Greek texts and Westcott /Hort have produced the reading found in the NKJV, NAS, and NIV. The NKJV says, “the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, BECAUSE the veil is taken away in Christ.” This is a little change from ‘o ti (2 words) to ‘oti (one word) and the NKJV follows the Westcott and Hort text here and not the TR.

2 Corinthians 4:14, “Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also BY (dia) Jesus, and shall present us with you.” (Tyndale, Bishops’, Geneva Bible, Webster’s, Young’s) The word “by” is in the majority, and Sinaiticus correction, but Vaticanus says “sun” (in Greek) or “with” instead of “by”. The NKJV, along with the RSV, NASB, NIV, ESV reads “will also raise us up WITH Jesus, and will present us with you.” Is Jesus going to be raised up again? Or is Jesus the person by whom we shall be raised? Here the NKJV clearly does not follow the TR reading.

2 Corinthians 9:4 “Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that WE SAY not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confidence of boasting.”

WE SAY (legoomen) is the reading of the Majority, TR, and even Sinaiticus and Vaticanus. However the recent UBS text has “I SAY” (lego) based on P46.

Agreeing with the KJB’s “we say” are the RV, ASV, Geneva, and Young’s. However to avoid the whole textual issue, the NKJV again joins the NIV, NASB, ESV and does not translate either reading, but instead paraphrases. The NKJV says: “...and find you unprepared, we (NOT TO MENTION YOU!) should be ashamed of this confident boasting.”

The NKJV does not translate the subject of the verb, and does not follow the underlying KJB text.

2 Corinthians 9:5 “...that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, WHEREOF YE HAD NOTICE BEFORE, that the same might be ready...”

“Whereof ye had notice before” is the Majority reading as well as the Textus Receptus. It is proKATEEgelmenee, which is used four times in the N.T. and is always translated as “shewed before”, “foretold”, or “had notice before”. (See Acts 3:18, 24; and Acts 7:52)

The versions that read exactly as the KJB’s “whereof ye had notice before” are Webster’s 1833 translation, the KJV 21, Third Millenium Bible, and those that have the same meaning are Lamsa’s translation of the Peshitta, Young’s and Darby’s, which say “before announced”.

However the Alexandrian texts read “promised before” which is proEPEEgelmenee”. The NKJV follows the NIV, NASB Alexandrian texts again and say: “prepare your bountiful gift beforehand, WHICH YOU HAD PREVIOUSLY PROMISED, that it may be ready...”

2 Corinthians 11:1 “Would to God ye could bear with me A LITTLE IN MY FOLLY: and indeed BEAR with me.”

NKJV - “Oh, that you would bear with me IN A LITTLE FOLLY - and indeed YOU DO BEAR with me.”

First of all, “would to God” is a fixed form of expression and is so rendered by the KJB, Tyndale, Geneva, Douay, Luther’s German, the KJV 21 and the Third Millenium Bible.

Perhaps more importantly, the Majority text and the TR say “bear with me a little in my folly” but the Alexandrian texts add a little word (ti) which changes the meaning to “in a little folly”, and the NKJV now reads as do the NASB, NIV. In addition to this, the verb “bear with me” is taken as an imperative or command in the KJB, but the NKJV again goes along with the nasb, niv and makes it an indicative or present tense, rather than a command.

Galatians

In Galatians 4:24 the 1979 NKJV said, “which things are an allegory”, which equals the KJB reading, while the 1982 says, “which things are symbolic”.

Philippians

Philippians 2:9, “God also hath highly exalted him, and given him A name which is above every name”. There is no definite article here in the majority or TR, but the Westcott/Hort text adds it. Bibles that read as the KJB with “a name” are Geneva, Tyndale, Young, and Darby, while those that follow Sinaiticus, Vaticanus and the NKJV have “given him THE name”. I mention this only to point out that the NKJV does not always follow the Greek text of the KJB, but frequently follows the Westcott/Hort text.

While here in Phillipians, notice that the NKJV is not the same from year to year. In just the first 10 chapters of Matthew, the changes from the 1979 NKJV, to the 1982 NKJV would fill up an entire page.

In Philippians 2:6, the 1979 NKJV said Christ, “did not consider equality with God something to be grasped”, but in 1982 they changed it back to, “did not consider it robbery to be equal with God.”

Colossians

Colossians 3:17 “giving thanks to God AND (kai) the Father by him.” The little word AND is found in the majority and the TR, D, Old Latin, but the Alexandrian texts omit this word, and so do the NASB, NIV and the NKJV.

Hebrews

In Hebrews 12:13, the 1979 said, “so that what is lame not be turned from the way, but rather be healed”, but the 1982 edition says: “so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed”. The 1982 NKJV has this word in italics, as though it is not in the text. But it is in the Greek and the KJB is correct and the NKJV is worse than it was before in 1979.

Hebrews 3:16, “For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.” The Textus Receptus of the KJB is clearly a statement here. With the KJB are Tyndale, Geneva, Webster’s Bible, the 21st Century KJB, the Italian Diodati, the Spanish of 1602 and 1909, the Third Millenium Bible, Youngs translation and even the Catholic Douay of 1950.

However, the NKJV follows the W/H text and reads as do the NASB and NIV. The NKJV says, “For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses?” Not all who came out of Egypt rebelled. Caleb and Joshua did not rebel, but believed God and entered the promised land. This is the whole point of the passage. We are exhorted to believe God and enter into His rest, just as Caleb and Joshua did. The NKJV not only does not follow the Greek text of the KJB here, but creates a contradiction as well.

Hebrews 13:6. “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, AND I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Here the little word “and” kai is in the TR. majority, A and P46. But N & B omit the word “and” and so does the NKJV. Also in the TR, and Tyndale, Geneva, Spanish and even Douay, this verse is a statement of fact. However Westcott-Hort have made it a question and so it stands in the NKJV, NIV and NASB. The NKJV says: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Do you see the differences?

2 Peter

2 Peter 2:15 “Balaam the son on BOSOR”. Bosor is the reading of the majority, P72, N correction,A, and C. It is the reading of Tyndale, Geneva, Darby, Young, Spanish and Douay. However, Vaticanus reads Beor instead of Bosor and the NKJV reads as the NIV and NASB with “Balaam the son of BEOR.”

2 John

2 John 7 “for many deceivers ARE ENTERED into the world” Here, the majority, other uncials, and the TR of the KJB read EISnlthon - “entered”, while N, B and A read EXnlthon, “went out”. One word means to enter into, and the other means to go out. The NKJV again departs from the KJB text and follows Westcott and Hort with its “many deceivers have GONE OUT into the world.”. Remember, the devil is in the details.

Jude

Jude 3 “I gave all diligence to write unto you of THE common faith”. The TR and majority have THE common faith,(Tyndale, Geneva, Youngs) but Sinaiticus and Vaticanus say OUR common faith, and so does the NKJV, agreeing with the RSV, NIV, ESV and NASB.

Jude 19 “These be they who separate THEMSELVES, sensual, having not the Spirit.” The TR, and C read apodiorizontes ‘EAUTOUS. The Westcott Hort text does not have “themselves”. Separate themselves is found in Geneva, Latin Vulgate, Darby, Young, 21st Century KJV, Webster’s Bible and Douay. The NKJV says: ”These are sensual persons, WHO CAUSE DIVISIONS, not having the Spirit” , thus reading as the NASB. The NIV says “these are men who divide YOU”. The “you” is not found in any text, and the whole meaning is changed. In the KJB they separate themselves from the others as a special class with superior knowledge, while the NIV says they divide you, the Christians. Not the same meaning.

Revelation

Revelation 6:11 “And white ROBES WERE given unto every one of them”. Here the TR reads plural “white robes were given” (Geneva bible, Bishops’, Young). Both the noun and verb are plural. The W/H text reads singular “ A WHITE ROBE WAS given”. The NKJV again joins the RSV, ESV, NASB, NIV and reads: “ And a white robe was given to each of them.”

Revelation 16:16 “And HE gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” All texts here read “he” referring to God. The NKJV reads: “ And THEY gathered them together to the place...” The NIV and NASB are also in error here, because even their Greek texts read suvngogen singular, not suvngogon plural. Tyndale, Douay, World English Bible, Webster’s, Green, Berry, Spanish and Darby agree with the KJB.

Revelation 16:21 “and the plague THEREOF (‘autns) was exceeding great.” The word “thereof” or its, is in all texts, including the NASB, but the NKJV has joined the NIV in omitting this word. The NKJV says: “that plague was exceeding great.”

Revelation 18:9 “shall bewail HER, and lament for her.” (Tyndale, Geneva, Bishops’) Here the first “her” is ‘autnv. It is in the TR, and many other mss. But the NKJV again has omitted it by following Sinaticus and the RSV, NASB, NIV. It says “will weep and lament for her.”

Revelation 19:2 “and hath avenged the blood of his servants AT HER HAND”. Here, “at her hand” is ek tns xeipos ‘autns. Four words in Greek. They are found in all texts, and though they are in Tyndale, Geneva, the RV, the ASV, World English Bible, Webster’s, Spanish and Douay, yet the RSV, ESV, NASB and NIV have shortened it and changed the meaning by saying “has avenged the blood of his bond servants ON HER”, and the NKJV has “the blood of His servants shed BY HER” (omits hand).

I have personally gone through the book of Revelation, comparing every word between the KJB and the NKJV. The NAS and NIV follow a very different text in Revelation, and hundreds words are missing from their texts. However, though the NKJV claims to follow the same text as the KJB in Revelation, I found that the NKJV adds words like “some” in 2:17; “sick” in 2:22; “there” in 4:3; “more” in 9:12; “their” in 20:4 and “as” in 21:16. The NKJV also omits some 91 words. Eighty of these words are the little word “and” or kai in Greek. That’s eighty times omitted when in the Greek text that underlies the KJB just in one book! For example in 18:12,13 the word “and” is omitted 8 times in just two verses. The NKJV also omits “the same” houtos in 3:5; “nor” (mnte) twice in 7:1,3; “called” (legetai) in 8:11; “for her” ‘autnv in both 16:21 and 16:18 “so” (‘uto), as in “so great”; the word “for” (gar) in 21:25 “FOR there shall be no night there.”, and the verb “shall be” (estai) in 22:12. The KJB has, “to give every man according as his work SHALL BE”. The “shall be” is in the majority and TR, but the NKJV merely says, “to give every one according to his work.”

I will keep adding to this list as I study more of the NKJV, but in light of Revelation 22:18-19 where we are told not to add to, nor take away from the words of this book or God will take away his part out of the book of life, I would not recommend the NKJV to anyone. Stick to the King James Bible, and you will not go wrong.

Will Kinney

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