Bible versions: Differences between KJV and NIV

Source: Selections from Changing the Word, parts 1, 2 & 3 by Walter Veith

Print Version – Differences between the KJV and NIV

VERSE NKJV / KJV NIV / TNIV
1 Peter 2:2 Spiritual milk comes from the Bible Spiritual milk source not specified
Hebrews 5:13 Righteousness from the Bible Righteousness from teaching
2 Corinthians 2:17 (KJV) condemn corrupting the word of God Condemn selling the word of God
Hosea 11:12 Israel deceitful, Judah walks with God Judah unruly against God
2 Samuel 23:5 Righteousness by faith: God’s covenant despite sin God’s covenant because of man’s righteousness
Matthew 5:44 Do good and pray for those who hate you and persecute you Missing
Matthew 20:16 Many are called, few chosen (not all choose to be saved) Missing
Matthew 25:13 Clearly defined event of the second coming of Jesus Vague warning with no specifics
Matthew 24:36 “My father only” knows the time of the second coming The son of God explicitly does not know when he is coming the second time
Mark 2:17 Jesus calls sinners to repentance Jesus calls sinners, no mention of repentance or reform
Mark 6:11 Rejecting Jesus and His message and followers means destruction in the day of judgment No day of judgment, no condemnation for rejecting Jesus or His followers
Mark 10:21 Take up Jesus’ cross, sell possessions and follow Him No mention of Jesus’ cross, no need to take up any burden other than sell possessions
Mark 10:24 Trusting in riches makes it hard to enter the kingdom of God Vague unspecified difficulty in general in entering the kingdom of God
Mark 13:14 Jesus endorses Daniel as a prophet, states that Daniel’s prophecy applies to events after Jesus’s day Not mentioning Daniel makes this compatible with the modern idea that Daniel’s prophecies were all fulfilled at or before the time of Greece
Luke 2:14 Jesus came for everyone Jesus only came to bless certain peoples, not everyone, because His blessings is only for those whom His favor rests
Luke 4:4 People should live by EVERY word of God No mention of living by the Bible
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired, profitable for doctrine No mention of doctrine
Luke 9:55-56 Jesus mentioning that the disciples’ wish to destroy is of the spirit of Satan and that they were ignorant of this Vague condemnation with no mention of ignorance or a spirit different from God’s Spirit
1 Corinthians 10:28 Do not support idols because God created the earth and everything within Reference to God as the creator removed
Revelation 14:5 Accountability to God for deceit or faults No mention of accountability to God, this could be accountability to any standard and removes the concept that God has a specific standard He holds people to
Revelation 22:14 Those who do God’s commandments will enter heaven Those who perform a vague “washing their robes” will enter heaven
Luke 4:8 Jesus condemns Peter in Matthew 16:23 and the devil here directly with “Get behind Me, Satan” Phrase removed because the first pope (Peter) should not be condemned with the same phrase that was used directly to the devil
Acts 13:42 After Christ’s resurrection, the Jews and Gentiles were going to synagogue on the same Sabbath Remove reference to the Jews being present so that Gentiles could possibly be attending on a “different” Sabbath day
Acts 16:7 “The Spirit” implies the Holy Ghost “the Spirit of Jesus” implies Jesus without a body, Jesus coming secretly before his second coming.
1 Corinthians 5:7 Christ was sacrificed “for us” Reason for Christ’s sacrificial death obscured
1 Peter 1:22 Obey the truth through the power of God’s Spirit Simply obey the truth, maybe through your own power?
2 Timothy 4:1 Judgment will be “at” His appearing, you are not judged when you die “in view of” obscures the tone of a single exact event
Hebrews 7:21 Jesus is a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek, who was both a priest and king of Jerusalem Jesus is a priest, reference to kingship removed
Matthew 18:2-3 Jesus said unless you are converted, you will not enter heaven Jesus said unless you change and become childlike, you will not enter heaven. (Conversion reference removed)
Colossians 1:15-16 “By Him” all things were created (by His power implied) “In him” all things were created implying a pantheistic God is inside everything and we are inside him
Ephesians 3:9 God created all things “through Jesus Christ” Reference to Jesus Christ as the creator removed
Colossians 1:14 Redemption through the blood of Christ, emphasizing His death as why we are forgiven of sin No mention of the blood of Christ as the reason for forgiveness, downplay the seriousness of sin, downplay Christ’s death and the result of sin
Titus 2:13 Looking for the physical appearing of Jesus – His physical presence Waiting for the appearing of “the glory of” Jesus – the glory of God appearing could be a spiritual event or shining glory, not necessarily the appearing of a person
Mark 7:19 Jesus is saying that failing to ceremonially wash your hands does not make you on clean because contaminants goes through your stomach and out of the bowels.  Greek  “cleans” katharizo means removal. It is where we get the word cathartic, or a laxative that “cleanses” the bowels. Translation comment fraudulently added that does not exist at all in the Greek and is completely out of context: “(In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)
1 Corinthians 7:5 Reference to fasting with prayer Reference to fasting removed
John 9:4 Jesus says in the context of forgiving sins, “I must work the works of (God)” “We” must do the works of God, implying that the apostles contribute towards God’s work of forgiving sins
1 Corinthians 11:29 Eating and drinking in an unworthy manner brings judgment upon yourself Eating and drinking without recognizing that the food has become Christ’s body brings judgment upon yourself
James 5:16 Confess your trespasses (when you have done wrong to someone) Confess your sins (confessional system)
Hebrews 10:21 Jesus is a High Priest, implies the Levitical system, only one high priest Jesus is a great priest, implies that he can have other priests and intercessors
Acts 15:23 The brethren of the first Council of the Christian church wrote a letter to the Gentile brethren implying all equal in God’s sight The authoritarian high-ranking apostles and elders wrote a letter to the Gentile believers
Hebrews 9:27 “After this the judgment” implying a definite event of the judgment “To face judgment” implies that after death sometime you are judged, no event specified
Luke 1:72 In times past God promised mercy to our fathers who are now dead Present tense action for the dead: “show mercy to our ancestors” is prayer and intercession for the dead who are currently living in limbo
Acts 24:15 The resurrection will be of the dead Subject of the resurrection indeterminate, compatible with the idea that the dead go immediately to heaven or hell
Job 26:5 (KJV) There are dead things, not alive, shaped and made under the water “The dead are in anguish” – ie: Purgatory exists
1 Corinthians 11:24 Jesus with a whole body at the time prophetically predicted His death by breaking bread and saying “this is My body which is broken for you” Jesus handed the disciples bread and said “this is my body which is for you” – supports transubstantiation and the Catholic mass
John 7:8 Jesus says I am not yet going to the feast, and then He travels to the feast later Jesus either lies or is ignorant that He will go to the feast later and says He will not go.
Proverbs 8:22 Jesus was part of God at the beginning before His oldest works Jesus was the first of God’s works, the first created creature or created being
Daniel 3:25 The fourth person in the furnace is the son of God, possibly described to Nebuchadnezzar earlier The fourth person in the furnace is a son of the gods, implying that descendent of pagan gods.
Micah 5:2 The Messiah has been traveling and acting from all times and is everlasting The Messiah is a created being who’s origin was sometime in the ancient past
Matthew 1:25 Jesus is her firstborn son Jesus is simply her son, possibly Mary had other children before
Luke 2:33 Joseph and Jesus’s mother, because the Holy Spirit was Jesus’ father Joseph is the father of Jesus
Matthew 13:51 “Yes, Lord” Lord removed, one example of hundreds of times reference to Jesus as Lord is removed
Matthew 19:16-17 Jesus asks the rich ruler if he acknowledges that Jesus is God Reference to all of us being sinners removed, question acknowledging Jesus as God removed
Matthew 27:35 Manner of Jesus’ death as a fulfillment of prophecy Reference to fulfilling prophecy removed
Mark 15:26-29 Manner of Jesus’ death as a fulfillment of prophecy Reference to fulfilling prophecy removed
1 John 4:3 The spirit of the antichrist says Jesus Christ has not come in the flesh Changed meaning: the spirit of the antichrist says that Jesus Christ is not from God
Mark 16:9-20 Great commission, Christ ascends to God Texts referred to as missing in oldest manuscripts
Matthew 6:13 God’s kingdom is explicitly with God in heaven, not on this earth Reference missing, kingdom can be on this world
Luke 11:2 Pray to Our Father in heaven Pray to “Our Father,” could be on earth, could be a priest or pope
John 6:33 The bread of God is He (Jesus) who comes down from heaven. The bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven (vague, maybe a teaching?)
John 6:47 He who believes in Jesus has eternal life He who believes (in something?) has eternal life
John 16:16 Because I go to the Father, for a little while you will not see me, but then after a while you will see me. Vague to the point of being completely useless. “In a little while you will not see me, and then after a little while you will see me.”
Acts 2:30 Christ will come in the flesh A descendent will come, no mention of Christ, no mention of God appearing in the flesh
Acts 8:36-38 Before being baptized, believe with all your heart, and acknowledge Jesus Christ as the son of God No specified requirements for being baptized or the text is purposely being vague
Acts 9:29 Paul spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and was persecuted for the Lord’s sake. Paul talked and debated with Hellenistic Jews and stirred up trouble so they tried to kill him.
Acts 22:16 Be baptized, calling on the name of the Lord (Jesus, who appeared to Paul) Be baptized, calling on his name (another reference to Jesus as Lord removed)
Romans 9:5 Stress that Christ came in person, in the flesh, not as a spirit Slightly more vague reference to ancestry without stressing “in the flesh”
Romans 14:10 We will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, stressing that the humble and loving Jesus who came and died for us will also be our judge Judgment seat of God, no mention of Christ
1 Corinthians 15:47 Stresses that the second man (Jesus) is the Lord God from heaven Vague, Jesus is from heaven, no mention of identity as God
1 Timothy 3:16 God was manifested in the flesh He appeared in a body (deemphasizes that Jesus is God)
1 Peter 4:14 When you are condemned for the sake of Jesus, they blaspheme God and because of your actions God is glorified These two concepts removed
Revelation 1:11 Jesus says He has the characteristics of God, the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last Reference to Jesus as having the traits of God missing
Revelation 5:14 Fell down and worshiped Him who lives for ever and ever (the traits of God) Reference to Jesus as having the traits of God missing
Matthew 23:14 Jesus condemns the Pharisees for stealing from widows and making pretentious prayers Reference missing
Mark 11:26 If you do not forgive others, God will not forgive you Reference to reform necessary for salvation removed
Acts 9:5-6 Jesus refers to Paul’s guilty conscience Reference to conflict, guilty conscience missing
Romans 8:1 No condemnation for those who deny the walk of this flesh and walk according to the Spirit of God instead No mention of change of life, rejection of fleshly desires missing


1 Peter 2:2 (NKJV)

as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

1 Peter 2:2 (TNIV)

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

Hebrews 5:13 (NKJV) For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

Hebrews 5:13 (TNIV) Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.

2 Corinthians 2:17 (KJV)

For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:17 (TNIV)

Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.

Hosea 11:12 (NKJV)

“ Ephraim has encircled Me with lies, And the house of Israel with deceit; But Judah still walks with God, Even with the Holy One who is faithful.

Hosea 11:12 (TNIV)

Ephraim has surrounded me with lies, the house of Israel with deceit. And Judah is unruly against God, even against the faithful Holy One.

2 Samuel 23:5 (NKJV)

Although my house is not so with God, Yet He has made with me an everlasting covenant, Ordered in all things and secure.  For this is all my salvation and all my desire; Will He not make it increase?

2 Samuel 23:5 (TNIV)

If my house were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire.

Matthew 5:44 (NKJV)

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

Matthew 5:44 (TNIV)

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Matthew 20:16 (NKJV)

So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”

Matthew 20:16 (TNIV)

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Matthew 25:13 (NKJV)

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Matthew 25:13 (TNIV)

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Matthew 24:36 (NKJV)

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

Matthew 24:36 (TNIV)

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Mark 2:17 (NKJV)

When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Mark 2:17 (TNIV)

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Mark 6:11 (NKJV)

And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!”

Mark 6:11 (TNIV)

And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.”

Mark 10:21 (NKJV)

Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

Mark 10:21 (TNIV)

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Mark 10:24 (NKJV)

And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!

Mark 10:24 (TNIV)

The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!

Mark 13:14 (NKJV)

“So when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not” (let the reader understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

Mark 13:14 (TNIV)

“When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

Luke 2:14 (NKJV)

“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Luke 2:14 (TNIV)

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests

Luke 4:4 (NKJV)

But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”

Luke 4:4 (TNIV)

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘People do not live on bread alone.’”

2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

2 Timothy 3:16 (TNIV)

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

Luke 9:55-56 (NKJV)

But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.  For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village.

Luke 9:55-56 (TNIV)

But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Then he and his disciples went to another village.

1 Corinthians 10:28 (NKJV)

But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness.”

1 Corinthians 10:28 (TNIV)

But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience.

Revelation 14:5 (NKJV)

And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.

Revelation 14:5 (TNIV)

No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.

Revelation 22:14 (NKJV)

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.

Revelation 22:14 (TNIV)

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.

Luke 4:8 (NKJV)

And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

Luke 4:8 (TNIV)

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

Acts 13:42 (NKJV)

So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.

Acts 13:42 (TNIV)

As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath.

Acts 16:7 (NKJV)

After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.

Acts 16:7 (TNIV)

When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.

1 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)

Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

1 Corinthians 5:7 (TNIV)

Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

1 Peter 1:22 (NKJV)

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,

1 Peter 1:22 (TNIV)

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

2 Timothy 4:1 (NKJV)

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:

2 Timothy 4:1 (TNIV)

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:

Hebrews 7:21 (NKJV)

(for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:  “ The LORD has sworn And will not relent, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek’”),

Hebrews 7:21 (TNIV)

but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever.’”

Matthew 18:2-3 (NKJV)

Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:2-3 (TNIV)

He called a little child, whom he placed among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Colossians 1:15-16 (NKJV)

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

Colossians 1:15-16 (TNIV)

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

Ephesians 3:9 (NKJV)

and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;

Ephesians 3:9 (TNIV)

and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.

Colossians 1:14 (NKJV)

in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:14 (TNIV)

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Titus 2:13 (NKJV)

looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

Titus 2:13 (TNIV)

while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Mark 7:19 (NKJV)

because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?”

Mark 7:19 (TNIV)

For it doesn’t go into your heart but into your stomach, and then out of your body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

1 Corinthians 7:5 (NKJV)

Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

1 Corinthians 7:5 (TNIV)

Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

John 9:4 (NKJV)

I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.

John 9:4 (TNIV)

As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.

1 Corinthians 11:29 (NKJV)

For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

1 Corinthians 11:29 (TNIV)

For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves

James 5:16 (NKJV)

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

James 5:16 (TNIV)

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Hebrews 10:21 (NKJV)

and having a High Priest over the house of God,

Hebrews 10:21 (TNIV)

and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

Acts 15:23 (NKJV)

They wrote this, letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia:

Greetings.

Acts 15:23 (TNIV)

With them they sent the following letter: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia:

Greetings.

Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV)

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

Hebrews 9:27 (TNIV)

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

Luke 1:72 (NKJV)

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant,

Luke 1:72 (TNIV)

to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant,

Acts 24:15 (NKJV)

I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.

Acts 24:15 (TNIV)

and I have the same hope in God as these people themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.

Job 26:5 (KJV)

Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.

Job 26:5 (TNIV)

The dead are in deep anguish, those beneath the waters and all that live in them.

1 Corinthians 11:24 (NKJV)

and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

1 Corinthians 11:24 (TNIV)

and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

John 7:8 (NKJV)

You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.”

John 7:8 (TNIV)

You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.”

Proverbs 8:22 (NKJV)

“The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.

Proverbs 8:22 (TNIV)

“The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;

Daniel 3:25 (NKJV)

“Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

Daniel 3:25 (TNIV)

He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

Micah 5:2 (NKJV)

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”

Micah 5:2 (TNIV)

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Matthew 1:25 (NKJV)

and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.

Matthew 1:25 (TNIV)

But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Luke 2:33 (NKJV)

And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.

Luke 2:33 (TNIV)

The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.

Matthew 13:51 (NKJV)

Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”

Matthew 13:51 (TNIV)

“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.   “Yes,” they replied

Matthew 19:16-17 (NKJV)

16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

Matthew 19:16-17 (TNIV)

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

Matthew 27:35 (NKJV)

Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.”

Matthew 27:35 (TNIV)

When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Mark 15:27-29 (NKJV)

27 With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left. 28 So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.” 29 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days,

Mark 15:26-29 (TNIV)

26 The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. 29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,

1 John 4:3 (NKJV)

and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

1 John 4:3 (TNIV)

but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

Matthew 6:13 (NKJV)

And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.  For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:13 (TNIV)

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

Luke 11:2 (NKJV)

So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.

Luke 11:2 (TNIV)

He said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.

John 6:33 (NKJV)

For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

John 6:33 (TNIV)

For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

John 6:47 (NKJV)

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.

John 6:47 (TNIV)

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.

John 16:16 (NKJV)

“A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.”

John 16:16 (TNIV)

Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

Acts 2:30 (NKJV)

Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,

Acts 2:30 (TNIV)

But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne

Acts 8:36-38 (NKJV)

36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” 37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” 38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.

Acts 8:36-38 (TNIV)

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

Acts 9:29 (NKJV)

29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him.

Acts 9:29 (TNIV)

29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they tried to kill him.

Acts 22:16 (NKJV)

And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’

Acts 22:16 (TNIV)

And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’

Romans 9:5 (NKJV)

of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.

Romans 9:5 (TNIV)

Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.

Romans 14:10 (NKJV)

But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Romans 14:10 (TNIV)

You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat your brother or sister with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.

1 Corinthians 15:47 (NKJV)

The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:47 (TNIV)

The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven.

1 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

1 Timothy 3:16 (TNIV)

Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

1 Peter 4:14 (NKJV)

If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

1 Peter 4:14 (TNIV)

If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

Revelation 1:11 (NKJV)

saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”

Revelation 1:11 (TNIV)

which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

Revelation 5:14 (NKJV)

Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.

Revelation 5:14 (TNIV)

The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Matthew 23:14 (NKJV)

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

NIV / TNIV – missing

Mark 11:26 (NKJV)

But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

NIV / TNIV – missing

Acts 9:5-6 (NKJV)

5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” 6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Acts 9:5-6 (TNIV)

5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8:1 (TNIV)

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

3 comments on “Bible versions: Differences between KJV and NIV
  1. Sarah says:

    Sorry, but some of this is completely wrong. I am not catholic, but I read the NIV and have never believed in purgatory, or any of the other things you have stated that the NIV doesn’t explain.

    KJV is very good, I like the precision in it. But the NIV is not wrong, either I believe.

  2. Archivist says:

    Roughly 90% of the changes are making clear statements in the KJV ambiguous in the NIV. Removing statements and mudding up other statements I guess can not be “making wrong statements”

    If you want an example of deliberate deceit where the NIV is simply wrong, look at Mark 7:9. As pointed out in the article, the translators fraudulently added a statement that does not exist at all in the Greek. Imagine that you write a Bible translation, put the majority of your comments as footnotes, but snuck in a couple commentary statements you wrote yourself into the Bible text itself.

    Clicking on the Bible reference shows you the actual 2 different texts and the interpretation I made. If you trace individual words in the original Hebrew/Aramaic/Greek, many words have multiple meanings quite different from each other. Translators simply chose what alternate meaning best fits the context of the writing, however the point of this article is to show that some of these decisions seem to be strange in my opinion.

    I would be very happy to make corrections, which statements are wrong?

    For example my commentary on purgatory: Job 26:5
    (KJV) Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.
    (TNIV) The dead are in deep anguish, those beneath the waters and all that live in them.

    The KJV verse implies the vastness and majesty of creation, things that were never alive, such as coral reefs being formed, fish and other sea creatures inhabiting them. This also matches up perfectly with the context of the chapter.

    NIV: “the dead are in deep anguish” just sounds like a key text being added either a justification for Mormon baptism of the dead or for the Catholic concept of purgatory.

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