You might have come across this post making the rounds through the social media:
“NIV has removed 64,575 words from the Bible including Jehovah, Calvary, Holy Ghost and omnipotent to name but a few… ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING NEWS! ALL MUST KNOW! If you own a New International Version (NIV).
Did you know that it was written by Zondervan and they are OWNED by Harper Collins, who also publish the The Satanic Bible, and The Joy of Gay Sex. NIV has also removed 45 complete verses. Most of us have the Bible on our phones. Try and find these scriptures under NIV on your phone right now if you don’t believe me: Matthew 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Mark 7:16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. Mark 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. Mark 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. Luke 17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Luke 23:17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.) John 5:4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God You will not believe your eyes.
These verses are not in NIV bible!!! Let’s not forget what the Word says in John 10:10 #KingJamesVersion This is a must share !!!”
This is what I think.
There is hardly any Bible translation that is flawless. I doubt I will burn the KJV for not translating some verses accurately. Translation is not done by the publisher but by a team of scholars. You will always see the names of the contributors to the translation work or a link on how to get them in cases where they are too many to list in a book. Some of this information are included in portions of the bibles we carry which most of us never read such as “foreword”, “acknowledgements” and “preface”.
Also, the New American Standard Bible (NASB) was published by Zondervan; how come we don’t have problems with that or is it next on the list?
Wikipedia says this: “Zondervan is an international Christian media and publishing company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Zondervan is a founding member of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). Zondervan was founded in 1931 in Grandville, MI, a suburb of Grand Rapids, by brothers Peter (“P.J.”, “Pat”) and Bernard (Bernie) Zondervan, who were the nephews of publisher William B. Eerdmans. The company began in the Zondervans’ farmhouse and originally dealt with selling remainders and publishing public domain works. The first book it published was Women of the Old Testament by Abraham Kuyper, in 1933.Within a few years it developed a list of its own, and began publishing Bible editions. The Berkeley Version appeared in 1959, and theAmplified Bible in 1965. The NIV New Testament was published in partnership with the International Bible Society in 1973, and the complete NIV Bible appeared in 1978.The company was bought by HarperCollins, a division of News Corp, in 1988, and is the company’s principal Christian book publishing division. Scott Macdonald was appointed President and CEO in May 2011.”
From what I could dig up, Harper Collins is one of the world’s largest publishing companies and they bought Zondervan at some point and maintain it as the Christian arm of their business.
There are many products in the market place today that are owned by people who are not Christians, some by unashamed satanists. Are we going to burn down those too? Are we going to pack out of this world because the devil is in it? I think not.
It has nothing to do with updating apps. Most apps focus on mobility of our favourite softwares and so designs are usually not detailed therefore most of them have no way to include footnotes where the reasons for omissions or alternate renderings are presented to the app user. The oldest forms of the NIV have all these omissions. So even if you go for the one the team of scholars used their hands to write, these omissions and alternate renderings will still be there.
Although I haven’t checked out all the scriptures listed as deleted from the NIV, the ones I have checked are represented in footnotes at the bottom or side of the pages because not all the source materials from which they were translated have these verses in them or they were documented in different ways which made the meaning uncertain to the team of translators.
But let me take a few of them:
The Hebrew Scholars never wrote the name of God which we call Jehovah or Yahweh today. They took “Thou shalt not call the name of the Lord your God in vain” quite literally so they never mentioned his name at all, even when writing. So they always represented God’s name with its 4 consonants and removed the vowels leaving us “YHWH”. It is the imagination of some translators that gave us what was eventually adopted as the name of God viz, Jehovah or Yahweh.
The translators of the NIV strove for accuracy and where they were not sure, they found an acceptable substitute that was suitable to the original languages. In this case you might notice the NIV uses “THE LORD” in all capitals where YHWH was encountered and they did explain themselves in their preface.
The only mention of the word Calvary is in Luke 23:33. Calvary is not an English word. It is a Greek word which means Skull. The NIV renders it “the Skull” recognising that it is a name by the first letter capitalization. They stated it in the footnotes. It might interest you to note that “Jesus” is not the original language of the name our Lord bore while he walked the earth. He was called “Yahshua” by the Aramaic speaking Jews of those days and “Yasous” (pronounced ee-ay-soos) by the Romans who spoke Greek. “Jesus” is the form we have come to recognise after it passed through the Latin modification amongst others.
How would you feel if you had a classmate named Jesus? But do you know Joshua is the Old Hebrew from of the same name? As a matter of fact, in the South American continent today, Jesus is a very common name. You might have seen a few footballers bearing the name.
The fact that they did not adjust the Bible’s chapter and verse reference system to cover up the verses they did remove but instead skipped to the next verse number suggests they are not covering it up. If your NIV does not have footnotes, you might however think it was deleted. But I haven’t seen any NIV Bible without footnotes, except the mobile app versions. I don’t know the intention of the originator of the “anti-NIV” post but I think it will only work on those who do not know how to get the truth for themselves. I hope that’s not you.
Eph 4:14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. I encourage us to attempt to verify stuff before sharing them. If you are not sure, don’t post it. Or look for someone you think might know better.
Study, that way, we will circumvent many of the inadequacies incorporated into the work by human errors of commission or omission. Let us be Bible scholars and Jesus’ disciples, not Bible worshippers as the world thinks we are.