Differences Between Modern Bible Translations

We will take the most popular Bibles such as the King James Version (KJV), the Revised Standard Version (RSV), the New International Version (NIV), the Good News Bible (GNB), the Living Bible Version (LBV) as well as the Christian Community Bible (CCB) and contrast the same verses within these Bibles.

Verse Matthew 17:21

K.J.V. “Howbeit this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting
R.S.V. (not included)
N.I.V. (not included)
G.N.B. (not included)
L.B.V. (not included)
C.C.B. “Only prayer and fasting can drive out this kind of spirit” [in parenthesis]

Verse Mark 9:44

K.J.V. “Where their warm dies not, and the fire is not quenched”
R.S.V. (not included)
G.N.B. (not included)
N.I.V. (not included)
L.B.V. (not included)
C.C.B. (not included)

Verse Mark 16:9-20

K.J.V. (not omitted)
R.S.V. (omitted in edition 1952 and recently restored with the footnote “not include in the most reliable manuscripts”)
C.C.B (not omitted)

Verse Luke 9:56

K.J.V. “For the son of man is not come to destroy men’s live but to save.
R.S.V. (not included)
N.I.V. (not included)
G.N.B. (not included)
L.B.V. (not included)
C.C.B. (not included)

Verse Luke 17:36

K.J.V. “Two men shall be in the field, the one shall be taken and the other left”
R.S.V. (not included)
N.I.V. (not included)
G.N.B. (not included)
C.C.B. (not included)

Verse John 5:4

K.J.V. “For an Angel went down at a certain season into the pool and troubled water. Whosoever then after the troubling of the water stepped in was made of whatsoever disease he had”
R.S.V. (not included)
N.I.V. (not included)
G.N.V. (not included)
C.C.B. (included, but in parenthesis)

Verse 1 John 5:7-8

K.J.V. “For there are three that bear witness in Heaven, the Father, and the word and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one”
R.S.V. (not included)
N.I.V. “For there are three that testify; the Spirit, the Water, and the Blood and these three are in agreement.”
G.N.B. “There are three witnesses; the Spirit, the Water, and the Blood.
L.B.V. (not included)
C.C.B. “There are then three testimonies: the Spirit, the water and the blood, and these three witnesses agree.”

The word “begotten” is not included in verse; John 3:16

K.J.V. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son”
R.S.V. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son”
N.I.V. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son”
G.N.B. “For God so loved the world so much that he gave his only son”
L.B.V. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only son”
C.C.B. “Yes, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son

Verse Matthew 7:21

K.J.V: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
The N.A.B. (1970): “None of those who cry out, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of God but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”

Verse Romans 7:17

R.S.V. “I do not understand my own actions”
K.J.V. (not included)

Verse Hebrew 12:8

K.J.V. “Then you are bastards, and not sons.”
R.S.V. “Then you are illegitimate children and not sons.”
G.N.B. “It means you are not real sons, but bastards.”
L.B.V. “It means that you are not God’s son at all”

Verse Job 13:15

K.J.V. “Though he slay me yet I trust him”
R.S.V. “he will slay me, I have no hope”
G.N.B. “I’ve lost all hope so what if God kills me.”
L.B.V. “God may kill me for saying this, in fact I expect him to.”

Verse Ezekiel 16:25

K.J.V. “And had opened your feet to every one that passed by.”
R.S.V. “Offering yourself to any passer by”
N.I.V. “Offering your body with increasing promiscuity to who passed by”
L.B.I. “You offered your beauty to every man who came by”
D.R.V. “And had prostituted thyself to every one that passes by”

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