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."
Since 1987 the New International
Version has outsold the King James Version, the best-seller for centuries...The Prayer Foundation (simply stating
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 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?