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The King James Version is not in any way considered to be an inaccurate translation, but only that more recent findings in ancient manuscripts were available when the newer translations were made. Quote from "The Prayer Foundation."

We can logically assume from the statement above (which is a fairly common one in Bible Version debate circles) that these findings that are being referred to had not yet been discovered while the translators of the King James Bible were busy translating the Masoretic Ben Chayyim text of the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus (Received Text) of the New Testament into the English language.
 
We can also logically assume that since these "new findings" contain things that had never been seen before, that the world was not presented with the entire Word of God until the publication of Hort and Westcott's New Revised Greek Text in 1881 (containing all the "new findings"), and just four years later on May 5th, 1885 the complete Revised Bible was in the hands of the delighted public.
 
How does that measure up to we already knew (in a very limited sense of course, since, according to many scholars today, no one had the entire Word of God until the Revised Version was made available with all the "new findings" in it in 1881?
 
Well let's see, the Psalmist can certainly be discounted as a liar, because he said that the Words of The Lord would be preserved "from this generation forever."  I'm sure he didn't mean hidden away for thousands of years in clay pots or being used as kindling in obscure monastaries where no one could benefit from them.
 
Again the Psalmist stressed that every generation would have the benefit of the Word of God when he said, "his truth endures to all generations."
 
Now we can debate whether or not the Psalmist was referring to The Word of God or just truth in general. But let's not. Let us instead let Jesus settle the question--he said (speaking of the Word of God) "sanctify them through thy truth--Thy Word is Truth."
 
Another Quote:
Since 1987 the New International Version has outsold the King James Version, the best-seller for centuries...The Prayer Foundation (simply stating a fact)
 
Could this be indicative of the times we live in when sound doctrine won't be endured? 
 
The American Standard Version of 1901 (advertised as  "At last, a thoroughly reliable rendition of scriptures) went bankrupt and sold its copyright to the National Council of Churches in 1929 (and what happened to the Revised Version of 1885--16 years later the English in it is obselete and we must update--or perhaps there were more findings?)?
 
If the American Standard version of 1901 was so thoroughly reliable why was there a need for an even more "thoroughly reliable rendition of scriptures" just 34 years later?
 
"Book sales" are the words that come to my mind about now--how about yours?

I mean, why else would one version do the job for 300 years or so, and then within a mere 78 years, we are presented three more versions--each one more "thoroughly reliable" than the last. And who knows, there may be more findings just around the corner.

The Psalmist, who assured us that God's Word would be available and enduring, in its entirety, from generation to generation didn't have a clue did he?

Martyrdom Of Polycarp
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Epistle Of Polycarp To The Phillipians
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Polycarp was a disciple of John who was one of "the 12."
 
Although not considered scripture, his epistle to the Philippian church demonstrates that the church of his time already had access to and had widely accepted the Gospels and Epistles as we know them today (preserved in the writings of the Received Text).
 
In this short epistle (click on picture of Polycarp above) we have the inspired words of Matthew, Luke, John, Acts, Peter, Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Thessalonians, Ephesians, Phillipians, Colossians, Timothy, and Titus!
 
Would you agree that Polycarp who was a disciple of John would have access to original writings or very early copies?
 
As for the Old Testament, no new discoveries are needed. We have the promise of God that his word endures from generation to generation.
 
 

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