How important are the “Originals”?
A lot of people get sidetracked on this issue and forget that the streams of manuscripts are paramount of importance in this discussion. Instead they are blinded by the so-called “originals”.
The Alexandrian manuscripts are horribly wicked, but people refuse to acknowledge or study this to see if this is true for themselves or they do and have fallen prey to the textual critics of the day. When they say we need to go to the "originals" we know that even the so-called "originals" do not have the originals. We see this specifically demonstrated in Jeremiah 36 and 51 where the first “originals” were destroyed by fire and water, but instead we have copies of copies of the originals before us today. This will be discussed more further below.
The next question is, which copy or stream of manuscripts are the most trusted if not the ones protected by God and which ones have helped with the overall corruption by well-meaning men as well as homosexuals? Yeah, I said that right, homosexuals. Hear me out on this. The new versions are horrible as per my studies as are born from a corrupt manuscript stream based out of Alexandria but they were even corrupted more, if that was even possible, by homosexuals who had their hand in the process of bringing the NIV to the masses. Virginia Mollenkott and Marten Woudstra, both professing homosexuals, had their hand in this process. You can look them up on your own, do your own homework. Homosexuals being a part of any process involving God’s word is not the specific proof that destroys the new versions it just provides the obvious facts that support the overall corruption. This lends to the proof that the new versions are not God inspired at all. Amazing that facts such as this seem to get a pass and often ardent defending from some people today. You can look that up as well.
All translations that come from the Alexandrian stream are corrupt. Period. There is too much from history as well as current evidence that attest to this that I cannot conclude otherwise.
The general introduction of the new versions by Wescott and Hort is what has brought such doubt to the word of God as well as division within the body of professing believers. If every English-speaking Christian alive in the world today was gathered together to read aloud from the same passage from their version of choice only incoherent chaos would be heard. Depending on which verses one was to chose there may be a lack of volume heard due to those verses not being found in their favorite new version. I think this really points out a fact that needs to be given some attention to. The Body is not in order nor is it in agreement due to the plethora of differing versions. This is not the fault of the KJV at all as this chaos was almost non-existent prior to the 19th century.
For any naysayers who still want to continue to insist that we must have the originals then whose version of these originals do we go to? Nestle Aland has 28 revisions alone, which one can you trust or do we have to wait for the next revision still? There are copious amounts of other Hebrew and Greek Old and New Testaments. Which one or ones are correct? Do not try to tell me that they all say the same thing but in different ways. This just not is the case. Psalms 12:6 and 7 is a good example. Read it from the KJV and then the NIV and tell me that these are saying the same thing. Also, the new versions have Goliath being killed by two different people, Elkanah and David. Go figure, but that is yet another example among many regarding the disparaging differences between the versions. If we are to consider all of the versions as being God’s Word then we have God disagreeing with Himself and that just cannot be if you truly know the character of God. For reference see 2 Sam 21:19 in the different versions.
“Yea, hath God?”, Satan’s original lie planted in the hearts of men continues through this day.
I personally needed to settle on one translation that originated out of the stream that the persecuted church used, the one born out of Antioch, where believers were first called Christians. To me this made sense as they would know the difference between God’s word and a corrupted counterfeit as we should as well.
The problem with people today regarding this critical subject is that they have fallen prey to textual criticism which is just a rebranding of Satan’s original deception, “Yea, hath God said?”.
Going back to the importance of originals one needs to carefully read both Jeremiah chapter 36 and 51:60-63 and see for themselves if the “originals” were that important verses the copies. Copies hold as much if not more authority than the “originals” because we really do not even have the “originally” penned manuscripts before us today let alone the manuscripts that underlie the actual “originals” as well as proven by Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 36: And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day. 3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin. 4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book. 5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; I cannot go into the house of the LORD: 6 Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD'S house upon the fasting day: and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities. 7 It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against this people. 8 And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the LORD in the LORD'S house. 9 And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem. 10 Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate of the LORD'S house, in the ears of all the people. 11 When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of the book all the words of the LORD, 12 Then he went down into the king's house, into the scribe's chamber: and, lo, all the princes sat there, even Elishama the scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the princes. 13 Then Michaiah declared unto them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people. 14 Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Baruch, saying, Take in thine hand the roll wherein thou hast read in the ears of the people, and come. So Baruch the son of Neriah took the roll in his hand, and came unto them. 15 And they said unto him, Sit down now, and read it in our ears. So Baruch read it in their ears. 16 Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they were afraid both one and other, and said unto Baruch, We will surely tell the king of all these words. 17 And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst thou write all these words at his mouth? 18 Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book. 19 Then said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hide thee, thou and Jeremiah; and let no man know where ye be. 20 And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king. 21 So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king. 22 Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him. 23 And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth. 24 Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words. 25 Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that he would not burn the roll: but he would not hear them. 26 But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the LORD hid them. 27 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying, 28 Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned. 29 And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast? 30 Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost. 31 And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them; but they hearkened not. 32 Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words. Jeremiah 36
So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, even all these words that are written against Babylon. And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words; Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever. And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates: Jeremiah 51:60-63
One final point as I know it always is brought up and that is the complaint of how hard people claim it is to read the KJV. Practice and study takes care of that. Some of the words that may not be as common in today’s vernacular are still found in dictionaries and online as well so there is no excuse there for not going the extra mile to not only learn God’s word but at the same time expand your vocabulary as some supposedly archaic words such as “shambles” is actually sill in use today and it is not the perverted US English version. You should look that up in the KJV and then in the dictionary as well and you will see this truth. James White, a supposed textual authority of some sort got this very wrong. That video may still be out there, the one he did on the supposed archaic words in the KJV.
My children read and understand the KJV just fine with continuous reading and teaching from myself and my wife. They started reading it around 6 years of age and one of my daughters actually inspired an adult friend of mine to use the KJV. He heard her read it when she was 8 years old and she did so with such accuracy that it blew him away. Yes this may sound anecdotal but in reality it is really the truth. The reason why it is not the norm these days really comes down to laziness in my opinion. People are afraid to dig in and really study where the English Bibles truly originated from as well as the histories of the manuscripts themselves. You can hear what the cemetery schools teach but be careful as the majority are quite liberal and are more studied in textual criticism than they are the actual truth. The laziness also included not really trying to read and understand the KJV. If it is God’s word then why is it really so hard for anyone to understand? I know of plenty of sincere believers who understand it quite well.
Again, do your own study and dig in.
Once you settle on one version you will never have to question again, “Yea, hath God said?”