Get It Right

An Analysis of Determining What is Correct Bible Text and Translations

I personally have discovered that I am somewhat of a terrible speller, and for that cause it is not merely understandable but fortunate that the Holy Spirit has not and will not commission me to author an inerrant English Bible translation.

That having been said, it is not my intention to go through red stoplights at intersections, mortally endanger cross-traffic drivers and pedestrians, and risk seeing flashing red-and-blue squad-car lights in my rearview mirror . . . amongst many other significant to non-significant intentions and actions.

When I compose my to-become-posted-on-the-internet webpages, I invariably (and lamentably) discover (when in the process of starting and continuing to e-mail such quasi-masterpieces out to chosen recipients) that my e-mail-hoster's SpellCheck underlines my embarrassing and absurd semantical shortcomings, sometimes after I have posted my webpages on some of the webhoster's free websites - at which time of enlightenment I usually quite promptly re-enter into those websites to edit them with the spelling corrections.

At least you can say of me that I am trying . . . (perhaps "very trying," in the opinion of some).

"A penny saved is a penny earned." "Things Go Better With Coke." "Cleanliness is Next to Godliness." And I am sure both of us have heard myriad more jingle-like axioms.

When asked by others: "Where did you get that from?" or "Who told you that one?" some might respond with the answer: "Oh, it's probably in The Bible somewhere."

Exhaustively probing the best available Bible software with word search fails to disclose where exactly in Scripture such axioms, precisely worded as stated, are found. . . to which revelation a frustration jingleaxiomiter might then add: "There must be something like that there somewhere in The Bible."

In stark and very-real contrast:

1Pe 1:23 You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and lasting word of God;
1Pe 1:24 for "All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,
1Pe 1:25 but the word of the Lord remains forever." That word is the good news which was preached to you.

Now, I am no Ph.D. Greek-English semantics scholar, and even less of a Ph.D. specialist in Scriptural-texts manuscripts identification, complex numbering and naming, and foreign-language-alphabet comparisons. However, I do know a lot more regarding Scriptural texts and interpretations than the average guy or guy on the street, and have repeatedly been told that I "know the Bible quite well" - which is neither a false nor ignorant statement.

But without getting extensively technical pertaining to the previous paragraph, does it not make sense to you (the reader) that the perfect textual veracity and inerrant accuracy of what we call: the ben-Asher Masoretic Hebrew Text of the Old Testament and the Scrivener-Trinitarian Greek Text of the New Testament . . . related to trustworthy exact duplication of the autographic original Text of each book of both Testaments, penned by the apostolic New-Testament authors who actually saw Jesus with their own eyes and heard Him with their own ears . . . has been preserved in precise-verbatim truthfulness and completeness?

To expound, would it make sense that after Saint Paul, Saint Peter, or Saint John finally finished one or more of their epistles, and after they conveyed the parchments of such to the first persons of the first church they so conveyed them to, one or more of those church persons had sent one or more of those epistles back to those apostolic authors with suggestions for spelling or word-choice editing and corrections?

"Highly unlikely?" Try: impossible, instead!

Ex 25:22 There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you of all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.

Nu 7:89 And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard The Voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was upon the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and It spoke to him.

Jos 22:2 and said to them, "You have kept all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I have commanded you.

Eze 40:4 And the man said to me, "Son of man, look with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your mind upon all that I shall show you, for you were brought here in order that I might show it to you; declare all that you see to the house of Israel."
Eze 44:5 And the LORD said to me, "Son of man, mark well, see with your eyes, and hear with your ears all that I shall tell you concerning all the ordinances of the temple of the LORD and all its laws; and mark well those who may be admitted to the temple and all those who are to be excluded from the sanctuary.

Mal 3:6 "For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, sons of Jacob, are not consumed."

Mt 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Mt 28:20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and wow, I am with you always, to the close of the age."

Joh 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

And strict-pharisee and master-Jew Paul (for example) would (as long as he was alive), be excruciatingly stringent and exacting to make sure that copies of what he wrote were perfectly accurate.

Ac 12:23 Immediately an angel of the Lord smote [Herod], because he did not give God the glory; and he was eaten by worms and died.

It has been implied that photocopy machines were not invented until the mid-1950s, and Xerox was among the first to make them. Presently we have error-free computers with redundant backup-verification mechanisms using never-any-bad-sector flashdrives.

Tales of terror have been told about Jewish scribes in post-apostolic times, throughout the Middle Ages and Reformation, so paintakingly exact in their tasks of duplicating sacred Scripture with absolute accuracy that the punishment for even the slightest mistakes they occasionally and very infrequently made is not a suitable subject for discussion in this webpage.

That is not to say that there have not been Scripture-Text-misrepresenting heretics from soon after the dissemination of Biblical writings to such churches as the one at Antioch, and the name of one apostate which comes to mind is Marcion. The names of more recent Text-alterers (by no means in the tradition of super-scholar Erasmus, Beza, Elzevir, Stephens) are renowned heretics Kurt Aland, Bruce Metzker, Eberhardt Nestle, Westcott and Hort, John Kohlenberger, and their ilk who (among other deviancies) wrongly claim that the infallible Greek Text of First Timothy 5:14 reads younger widows instead of younger women, that First John 5:7 omits the words: Father, Word, and Holy Spirit, and that Revelation 22:14 states wash their robes instead of doing His commandments.

The greed-for-monetary profit of such publishers as Zondervan, Tyndale, and Multnomah peddling NIV-and-certain-other modern mistranslations is not to be underestimated, along with so-called "expert," pompous-ass, bullyboy belligerents accrediting themselves with pseudo-intellectual deceptive brainwashing in seminaries, universities, and colleges, who pride themselves in causing faith-destroying doubts and suspicions with suggestions of mistextual alterations, variances, alternatives, and substitutions.

Ro 16:17 I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them.

2Co 4:2 We have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways; we refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

Eph 4:14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles.

1Ti 6:3 If any one teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching which accords with godliness,
1Ti 6:4 he is puffed up with conceit, he knows nothing; he has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions,
1Ti 6:5 and wrangling among men who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

2Ti 2:2 . . . and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

2Ti 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3 inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good,
4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people.
6 For among them are those who make their way into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and swayed by various impulses,
7 who will listen to anybody and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
8 As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of corrupt mind and counterfeit faith;
9 but they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

2Pe 1:20 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,
2Pe 1:21 because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

2Pe 3:15 And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
2Pe 3:16 speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures.

The King James Version (as typically found within Walmart stores nationwide) is, admittedly, infested and polluted here-and-there with weird and vague eumphemisms (like for instance the "abusers of themselves with mankind" euphemistic replacement inferred and insinuated in place of the simple and straightforward word: sodomites from the Greek term arsenokoitai in First Corinthians 6:9). The KJV's "Easter" is a non-authorized Herodian word replacement for the Textual word: passover, and KJV's "a grain of corn" is certainly not equivalent with "a grain of wheat." Moreover, to use the quasi-"holy" and allegedly-"respectful" words: "thee, thou, and thy" for not only God and good persons - but also for satanic, demonic, and worthless beings - just doesn't cut it anymore (if it ever did).

Currently, there is a demonic drive to replace all previous English translations with the ESV (English Standard Version) - but which English version itself contains intolerable and grave defects here and there.

The admittedly-defective-in-certain-parts RSV (Revised Standard Version, Old Testament) has been despised by denominationally-prejudiced Baptist, Covenant, Evangelical Free, Assembly of God, etc. because it was assembled by the Balaam-equivalent National Council of Churches of Christ - who, although rebuffed by an angelically-inspired ass, reliably did (at least temporarily) speak the bonafide Oracles of God to Balak and associates.

The Spirit of God, who inspired original-author eyewitness apostles to pen the sacred words on parchment, is The Divine-Copyright Enforcer both in proposed lethal threat and actually-operational fatal action . . . and such has been and continues to be the case from the very start.

Re 22:18 I warn every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,
Re 22:19 and if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

Though credibility of the actual and precise words of God in both Testaments of the sacred-66-books non-apocryphal Judeo-Christian (Old-&-New-Testaments) Holy Bible is a matter of childlike non-duressed faith of the Christian believers (honestly and logically having more than mere "Confidence in confidence alone"), The LORD Himself has a thousand and more ways (e.g. temporary sicknesses and terminal diseases, accidents and injuries, unemployment, internal family conflicts, legal entanglements, bankruptcy, robberies, assaults and murders, fatal bullets and bombs during war, poison, electrocution, vandalism, fire and earthquake and tornado circumstantial-happenstance Acts of God, etc.) to insure the continuing integrity of His Holy Word.

Nu 16:1 Now Korah the son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben,
2 took men; and they rose up before Moses, with a number of the people of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, chosen from the assembly, well-known men;
3 and they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, "You have gone too far! For all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them; why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?"
4 When Moses heard it, he fell on his face;
5 and he said to Korah and all his company, "In the morning the LORD will show who is His, and who is holy, and will cause Him to come near to Him; him whom He will choose He will cause to come near to Him.
6 Do this: take censers, Korah and all his company;
7 put fire in them and put incense upon them before the LORD tomorrow, and the man whom the LORD chooses shall be the holy one. You have gone too far, sons of Levi!"
8 And Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi:
9 Is it too small a thing for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do service in the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them;
10 and that he has brought you near Him, and all your brethren the sons of Levi with you? And would you seek the priesthood also?
11 Therefore it is against the LORD that you and all your company have gathered together; what is Aaron that you murmur against him?"
12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab; and they said, "We will not come up.
13 Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you must also make yourself a prince over us?
14 Moreover you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up."
15 And Moses was very angry, and said to the LORD, "Do not respect their offering. I have not taken one ass from them, and I have not harmed one of them."
16 And Moses said to Korah, "Be present, you and all your company, before the LORD, you and they, and Aaron, tomorrow;
19 Then Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation.
20 And the LORD said to Moses and to Aaron,
21 "Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment."
22 And they fell on their faces, and said, "Oh God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and will you be angry with all the congregation?"
23 And the LORD said to Moses,
24 "Say to the congregation, "Get away from about the residence of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram."
25 Then Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him.
26 And he said to the congregation, "Leave, I beg you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be swept away with all their sins."
27 So they got away from about the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the door of their tents, together with their wives, their sons, and their little ones.
28 And Moses said, "Hereby you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these works, and that it has not been of my own accord.
29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they are visited by the fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me.
30 But if the LORD creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth, and swallows them up, with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the LORD."
31 And as he finished speaking all these words, the ground under them split asunder;
32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men that belonged to Korah and all their goods.
33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at their cry; for they said, "Lest the earth swallow us up!"
35 And fire came forth from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men offering the incense.

2Ki 1:9 Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty men with his fifty. He went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, "Man of God, the king says, 'Come down.'"
10 But Elijah answered the captain of fifty, "If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty." Then fire came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
11 Again the king sent to him another captain of fifty men with his fifty. And he went up and said to him, "Man of God, this is the king's order: 'Come down quickly!'"
12 But Elijah answered them, "If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty." Then the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
13 Again the king sent the captain of a third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and entreated him, "Oh man of God, I beg you, let my life, and the life of these fifty servants of yours, be precious in your sight.
14 Wow, fire came down from heaven, and consumed the two former captains of fifty men with their fifties; but now let my life be precious in your sight."
15 Then the angel of the LORD said to Elijah, "Go down with him; do not be afraid of him." So he arose and went down with him to the king,
16 and said to him, "Thus says the LORD, 'Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron, is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone, but you shall surely die.'"
17 So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken. Jehoram, his brother, became king in his stead in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, because Ahaziah had no son.
18 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?

2Ki 19:35 And that night the angel of the LORD went forth, and slew a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, hey, these were all dead bodies.

Ps 63:11 But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall glory; for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

Jer 28:15 And Jeremiah the prophet said to the prophet Hananiah, "Listen, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie.
Jer 28:16 Therefore thus says the LORD: 'Hey, I will remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you shall die, because you have uttered rebellion against the LORD.'"
Jer 28:17 In that same year, in the seventh month, the prophet Hananiah died.

Ac 5:1 But a man named Ananias with his wife Sapphira sold a piece of property,
2 and with his wife's knowledge he kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles' feet.
3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land?
4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."
5 When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. And great fear came upon all who heard of it.
6 The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.
7 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
8 And Peter said to her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much." And she said, "Yes, for so much."
9 But Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Hark, the feet of those that have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out."
10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and died. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
11 And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all who heard of these things.