Ready for a fast look at Bible verses? Let’s plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out.
So we’re reviewing this awful KJV-only book and now we get to a bunch of fast translation differences. We’ll see if any of these have any bearings whatsoever on the text and even if the KJV could be a less than accurate translation. As always, the source material is here. I am also calling this 2-1 to go by chapters lest I get to something labeled part 73 of this series.
KJV: “And God created great WHALES …”
NKJV: “So God created great sea creatures …”
COMMENT: There is a difference between sea creatures and whales.
Okay, everyone! Write this down! There is a difference between sea creatures and whales! Believe it or not, those seafood items from the sea that you buy at your grocery store, they’re not whales! I understand. Please take a moment so you can take in the shock.
If anything, the NKJV is better here since you could say with the KJV that God created only the whales. Here, you can say God created all the great sea creatures.
KJV: “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the WHALES’s belly …”
NKJV: “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish …”
Plenty of apostasies have been brought about by the fact of a great fish instead of a whale. I will make sure the next time an atheist confronts me on Jonah and the whale to say that it was a great fish instead and watch them melt knowing their opposition has died. Amazing how much these people make out of these issues.
KJV: “… and man became a living SOUL.”
NKJV: “… and man became a living being.”
Comment: A MAJOR difference between man and beast is that
man is the ONLY creature with a soul. New versions miss this point.
This point is debatable. Some people will say anything that has a nephesh has a soul, which can include higher animals, including my little kitty I hear in the next room. Also, is it really wrong to say that man became a living being? Does anyone base their doctrine of the soul, whether for or against, on this one verse alone?
KJV: “… land of ETHIOPIA.”
NKJV: “… land of Cush.”
Comment: I know where Ethiopia is, but where is Cush?
Oh my. This is just simply an excuse for laziness. First off, if you think you know where Ethiopia is, you probably don’t.
“Bull! I can get out a map of Africa right now and show you where it is!”
Yes, but that isn’t where Ethiopia was in Bible times. Do you know right off where that was? Probably not. Do you not know where Cush was? Okay. Brace yourelf. You might have to actually look it up and study the text!
The horror! The horror!
There are plenty of places we read about in the Bible and we don’t know where they are. The Bible still lists them that way because it is being faithful to what the text says. I really have to say this could be the dumbest argument I have seen in this book so far.
And this is just the start of part 2.
We’ll continue next time.
(And I affirm the virgin birth)