From: John Burgeson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Sep 16 2002 - 12:13:07 EDT
Iain posted reputed errors in the KJV:
"1) Two errors in Gen 1:1. "In the beginning God created the Heaven and
Hebrew for "God" is "Elohim", which is plural though "created" "bara" is
singular). God is always translated in the singular.
(2) Hebrew for "Heaven" is "Hassamayim" which is plural. Modern
translations invariably opt for "Heavens" which is more correct.
(3) John 1:1, end of verse. The Greek says "Kai Theos Ehn O Logos".
"And God was the Word". All translations, KJV included translate this "And
the Word was God". "
No errors here at all. The 1611 KJV is both inerrant and inspired. That
means that when one "detects" a difference between it and any oter text --
including the texts from which it was translated, KJV wins. So none of the
three "errors" are errors at all.
KJV-only is a closed system. In the fullness of time God ordained the
English language of 1611 as the highest mark, and inspired the translators
commissioned by King James in such a way that what they wrote was EXACTLY
what God meant to be in his WORD. Nothing more -- nothing less. The word
meanings of 1611 are to be taken as authoritative when studying the text.
All other texts are, to some extent, corrupted. 2 Tim 3:16 refers precisely
to the 1611 version and to no other. Likewise 2 Pet 1, 20-21. It is on
account of these verses that we know that the scriptures are God-breathed,
and that therefore there CANNOT be ANY errors; it is perfect historically,
scientifically, grammatically and numerically.
The doctrine of "inerrancy of the originals" is nonsense, even if it were of
some use, which it is not. It implies an impotent god.
The "Alexandrian" texts from which Hort and Westcott worked are particularly
There are "errors" of inconsistency which are harder to solve. For instance,
1. I Ki 4:26 vs 2 Ch 9:25 (how many?)
2. 2 Ki 25:8 vs Jer 52:12 (what month?)
3. 2 Ki 25:17 vs Jer 52:22 (how high?)
4. 2 Ki 25:19 vs Jer 52:25 (how many men?)
5. 2 Ki 25:27 vs Jer 52:31 (what day?)
6. Ezr 2:1-12 vs Ne 7:5-17 (how many children?)
All of these can, of course, be solved. There are no errors.
The central verse of the 1611 KJV (but not of others) is Ps 118:8, which
reads: "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." It
is not accidental that God made that the central verse. Yes, the verse
markings are part of the inspired text; they are ther just as God inspired
the translators to place them.
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