The NIV: A Corruption of God's Word
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The NIV:  A Corruption of God’s Word


By Gray Clark


“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3). The Bible is the foundational book of Christianity. The New International Version (NIV) and all modern translations are destroying it. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected me, I will also reject thee…” (Hosea 4:6). Is it possible that the decline of traditional Christianity and the historic church, wherein the world has entered, is because the Holy Spirit is grieved by the NIV, along with all modern translations replacing the King James Bible (KJB), the historic Bible of record?


          The NIV is a corruption of God’s Word. This article will give sufficient evidence to prove the NIV’s corruption but will fall far short of all that could be offered into the record. All modern translations are corrupted, but the focus here is upon the NIV, due to its popularity.


        There are sixteen verses in the KJB and its family tree of Bibles that are simply not found in the NIV. Does this factor alone not make the NIV a corrupt Bible? Also, the NIV has deleted numerous words and phrases. According to Gail Riplinger, 64,000 words have been removed from the NIV, words that are significant to biblical understanding. Important biblical words not found in the NIV, according to David J. Stewart (, are these: regeneration, mercyseat, Calvary, Jehovah, omnipotent, Comforter, Holy Ghost, sodomite, fornication, carnal, effeminate, devils, and Lucifer, among countless others. Of interest, the phrase “only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16) is not in the NIV, something that is shameful.  Recall that Jesus reminded Satan, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3). With missing words and sixteen missing verses in the NIV, surely this is strong evidence for the NIV being corrupt, because “every word” is not there, as the verse above admonishes.


          I pause to state that I believe most users of the NIV have not investigated either its history or the history of the KJB; rather, they are following the lead of others who are also illiterate regarding Bible history. The NIV is targeted here because it is the most popular Bible in America after the KJB, in terms of readership. As of 2014 (reported by Christianity Today), 55% of Bibles read are KJB, with 45% being non KJB, of which there are over 100 different translations.  The NIV tops this list at 19% readership. The NIV, however, is the bestseller with the KJB next. By the way, imagine this: there are 100 Christians in a Bible study group, and each has a different translation. Chaos would reign. There would be nothing orderly about this, as God requires (1 Corinthians 14:40).


          Christians are warned that we have an adversary, the devil, who “walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). How are Christians being devoured? By a corrupt Bible, the NIV. Satan is a thief. He comes to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). Because he is a thief, he changes “the truth of God into a lie” (Romans 1:25). This study shall surely prove the truth of this. The KJ Bible has been under attack in earnest since the 1881, 1885 English Revised Version.


          At this point, it needs to be stated that the Bible is truth. Notice how the scriptures make the statement about the Bible being truth. Psalm 119:160: “Thy word is true from the beginning.” The family tree of the KJB goes all the way back to the beginning of the Bible.  John 17:17 reads: “Thy word is truth.” Let us pretend that we are all in the Bible study. Someone says, “Let’s turn to Matthew 17:21.” Those with a KJB go to that verse. Those with an NIV Bible do not have the verse because it is one of sixteen not found in the NIV. So, which Bible contains all of God’s truth? The King James Bible. “The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:11). The NIV does not contain all of God’s truth:  there is simply too much is missing.


          The omission of Matthew 17:21 leads to a significant biblical truth: do not add to or take away from God’s Word. A few scriptures on this point are these: 1) “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it…” (Deuteronomy 4:2).  2) What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it”(Deuteronomy 12:32). 3) “Every word of God is pure…add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:5-6). 4) Speaking to Jeremiah, God declared this: “all the words that I command thee to speak unto them (Judah), diminish not a word” (Jeremiah 26:2).


          The NIV is a copyrighted Bible, of which Zondervan Bible Publishers owns the copyright. They receive the profits that come from this copyright. A Bible can be copyrighted only as “derivative work” according to Gail Riplinger. According to Blackstone, derivative means: “Derived, taken or having proceeded from another or something preceding; secondary” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary). Riplinger reports that words must be changed whether they need to be changed or not. The KJB is the Bible from which the NIV makes it changes. In this sense, it is derived from the KJB to gain its copyright but does not come from the same family tree as the KJB. The NIV has these copyright dates: 1973, 1978, 1984, 2005, and 2011. It has had three revisions since it first hit the market. Are these copyrights and revisions not telling?  The KJB, on the other hand, is not copyrighted and has had no revisions. Its beginning was 1611. 


          Before listing the sixteen verses that are not found in the NIV including the 2011 revision, let the author emphasize that we are not looking at verses with new words and syntax, but at missing verses. The following is the list of the sixteen missing verses, with the addition of the KJV verses in parentheses:


        1) Matthew 17:21 (“Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayers and fasting”).  2) Matthew 18:11 (“For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost”).  3) Matthew 23:14 (“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make on proselyte, and when he is made ye make him twofold more he child of hell than yourselves”).  4) Mark 7:16 (“If any man have ears to hear, let him hear”).  5) Mark 9:44 (“Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched”).  6) Mark 9:46 (Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched”).  7) Mark 11:26 (“But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses”). 8) Mark 15:28 (“And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors”).  9) Luke 17:36 (“Two men shall be in the filed; the one shall be taken and the other left”).  10) Luke 23:17 (“For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast). 11) 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 he water stepped in was made whole of whatever disease he had”). 12) 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”). 13) Acts 24:7 (“But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands”). 14) Acts 15:34 (“Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still”). 15) Acts 28:29 (“But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had aught to accuse my nation of”). 16) Romans 16:24 (“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen”). These verses cannot be quoted from the NIV because they are not there. It would be like purchasing a ticket to a show for row A and seat 10. But upon your arrival, you see row A and a place marked seat 10, but there is no seat. Do not take my word for it:  these missing verses can be verified by using an NIV Bible, any edition, or the NET.


          In addition to the sixteen missing verses, there are numerous changes in the NIV that can be shown here. The following are a sampling. Bold lettering identifies words found in the KJB but not in the NIV. The KJB verse is first and the NIV second. The significance of the deleted words or phrases should be obvious; therefore, no comment shall be made. Look for how deletions have changed the meaning of the verse.


Matthew 5:44:

(KJB) “…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”  

(NIV) “…Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute



Matthew 9:13:

(KJB) “…I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to     repentance.”

(NIV) “…I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”


Matthew 25:13:

(KJB) “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the son of man cometh.”

(NIV) “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”


Matthew 27:35:

(KJB) “And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, they parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.”

(NIV) “When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”


Luke 9:56:

(KJV) “For the son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.”

(NIV) “Then he and his disciples went to another village.”


Luke 22:64:

(KJB) “…they struck him in the face…”

(NIV) “They blindfolded him and demanded, ‘Prophesy! Who hit you?’”


Luke 23:38:

(KJB) “ …in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew…”

(NIV) “There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”


John 3:15

(KJB) “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish…”

(NIV) “that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”


John 5:16:

(KJB) “And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him…”

(NIV) “So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath day, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him.”


John 3:16:

(KJB) “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son…”

(NIV) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” What is missing is “only begotten Son” which is in the KJB.  


Acts 15:18:

(KJB) “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.”

(NIV) “things known from long ago.”


Colossians 1:14:

(KJB) “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

(NIV) “in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”


Galatians 6:15:

(KJB) “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”

(NIV) “Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything: what counts is a new creation.”


Ephesians 3:14:

(KJB) “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

(NIV) “For this reason I kneel before the Father.”


1 Thessalonians 1:1:

(KJB) “…Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

(NIV) “…Grace and peace to you.”


1 Timothy 6:5

(KJB) “…supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”

(NIV) “and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means of financial gain.”  


1 Peter 4:14:

(KJB) “…on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”

(NIV) “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”


Hebrews 7:21:

(KJB) “…Thou are a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.”

(NIV) “…You are a priest forever.”


1 John 5:7-8:

(KJB) “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (7) and there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood,: and these three agree in one (8).”

(NIV) “For there are three that testify (7): the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement (8).”


Revelation 1:11:

(KJB) “I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last saith the Lord…”

(NIV) “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches…”


     I had mentioned earlier in this article that all modern versions

are corrupted. A couple of examples from the New American Standard Bible (NASB—copyrights 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation) help to prove this point. All corrupted Bibles come from different source materials that began with Westcott and Hort’s work on the English Revised Version of the KJB.


Matthew 1:25:

(KJB) “And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son; and called his name JESUS.”

(NASB) “but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a son; and called his name Jesus.”


1 John 4:3:

(KJB) “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God…”

(NASB) “every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God...”


          The point this article seeks to make is this:  when the NIV has omitted sixteen verses and countless key words and phrases, the only conclusion that can be reached is that it is corrupted. All modern translations follow the same pattern of omissions. The KJB is the only inerrant Bible.


          So, what Bible is in your hand?






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