KJV vs NIV Bible Translation Comparison
This KJV vs NIV Bible translation comparison will show verses side-by-side from the 1611 King James and the 1973 New International Version.
We choose to compare the KJV to the NIV, because of it’s popularity, but most modern versions follow the same deeply disturbing patterns as the NIV.
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get the full impact of how much of God’s Word has been changed and deleted.
KJV vs NIV: The NIV removes the teaching of Jesus as the only begotten son of God
There is one doctrine that all the others rest upon. It is the rock bottom, foundation of the Christian faith:
Jesus of Nazareth is the only begotten Son of God.
Without this core belief, all the others are meaningless.
The Bible reveals many people who are called ‘sons of God’:
- Believers in Jesus are called the sons of God but through adoption.
- Adam was called the son of God.
- God gave the angels the title of the sons of God.
- Israel became God’s son
- and Solomon sat on the throne of Israel as the son of God.
However, the Lord Jesus remains distinguished from all them.
He is singular and unique as the ‘only begotten Son of God’ with the Father from eternity.
The NIV replaces that title with ‘one and only‘, to remove that important distinction.
There are five key verses from the King James Version (KJV), which reveal this truth.
Each verse includes an explanation from the Vines Complete Expository Dictionary.
KJV - “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
NIV – “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Vines – the phrase ‘the only begotten of the Father‘ indicates that as the Son of God, He is the sole representative of the Being and character of the One who sent Him. ‘the only begotten’ when used of the Son, is in the sense of unoriginated relationship. The begetting is not an event of time, however remote, but a fact irrespective of time. The Christ did not become, but necessarily and eternally is the Son. He, a Person, possesses every attribute of the pure Godhood.
KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
NIV – “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.”
Vines – the clause ‘the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father‘ expresses both His eternal union with the Father in the Godhead and the ineffable intimacy and love between them, the Son sharing all the Father’s counsels and enjoying all His affections.
KJV – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
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.”
Vines – the statement ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son‘ must not be taken to mean that Christ became the only begotten son by incarnation. The value and the greatness of the gift lay in the Sonship of Him who was given. His Sonship was not the effect of His being given.
KJV – “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
NIV – “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
Vines -the phrase ‘the name of the only begotten Son of God‘ lays stress upon the full revelation of God’s character and will, His love and grace, as conveyed in the name of One who, being in a unique relationship to Him, was provided by Him as the object of faith.
1 John 4:9
KJV – “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” (Notice how He was sent into the world from eternity as the only begotten Son of God)
NIV – “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
Vines – the statement ‘God sent his only begotten Son into the world‘ does not mean that God sent out into the world one who at His birth in Bethlehem had become His Son.
What does “One and Only” mean? One and only what?
The Lord Jesus is not God’s only Son: this is false as God has many sons. He is God’s only begotten Son and thus unique. It is obvious that the modern translations have tampered with the very foundation of Christianity.
Using the NIV, you cannot even prove that the Lord Jesus is the only begotten Son of God! Therefore, the NIV fails to substantiate the very foundation of the faith.
The NIV and most modern translations are leading people away from the foundation of the faith!
It is a subtle but diabolic shift away from historic Christianity towards a generic Jesus that can fit in nicely with other beliefs.
The modern versions have to be rejected as they are deficient and lack the ability to even prove the very foundation of the faith. They are illegitimate and are leading believers away from the true person of the Lord Jesus.
If you use the NIV, then you DON’T have the only begotten son of God.
KJV vs NIV: The NIV removes the name of Jesus 38 times
Here’s some examples:
In Acts 8:37, the NIV removed the entire verse where the Ethiopian Eunich professed his faith in Jesus Christ.
KJV – “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.”
In 1 Corinthians 16:22, they removed the name of ‘Jesus Christ’
KJV – “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.”
NIV – “If anyone does not love the Lord – a curse be on him. Come, O Lord“
In 2 Corinthians 5:18, it removed the name of ‘Jesus’
There are many Christ’s, but we are reconciled by Jesus Christ.
KJ – “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation“
NIV – “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation“
In Galations 4:7, they removed that we are heirs of God ‘through Christ’
KJV – “Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
NIV – “So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”
In Galations 6:15, they removed that it is ‘Christ Jesus’ who circumcises our heart
KJV – “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.”
In Ephesians 3:9, they removed Jesus as the creator, which makes Jesus eternal and equal to God.
The NIV removes Jesus from the verse and only says that ‘God created all things’, which removes a proof-text that Jesus is God.
KJV – “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.”
NIV – “and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.”
In Phillipians 4:13, they removed the source of our power, ‘Christ’
KJV – “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
NIV – “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
In Revelation 1:11, they removed Jesus title of ‘Alpha and Omega, the first and the last‘
KJV – “Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches“
NIV – “which said: Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches“
KJV vs NIV: The NIV deceives you by switching the name of Jesus and Lucifer
The KJ accurately reports that Lucifer fell from heaven and was cut down. With an unbelievable slight of hand, the NIV removed Lucifer and replaced him with ‘Morning Star’.
Isaiah 14:12 KJV says “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!“
Isaiah 14:12 NIV says “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!“
But Jesus is the Morning Star
Revelation 22:16 KJ says “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”
This either gives Lucifer the title of the Morning Star, which belongs to the Lord Jesus.
Or it inserts Jesus as the person who fell from heaven and was cut down to the ground.
Whether it elevates Lucifer or denigrates the Lord Jesus, it is wrong and you should reject the NIV and the modern translations which deceive you about Lucifer.
KJV vs NIV: The NIV removes the Holy Trinity and your assurance of eternal life in Jesus
1 John 5:7 is probably one of the most controversial verses in the Bible. The reason is that all the modern translations, except the New King James, remove this verse.
Here’s a hint why: Lucifer doesn’t want to confirm the Holy Trinity, or that we have eternal life in the Jesus.
Jesus states Lucifer’s goal in regard to His Word in Luke 8:12 “…then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.”
In 1 John 5:7-8 the NIV removed the ‘Father, Word(Jesus) and Holy Ghost: and these three are one‘ from the passage, thereby removing proof of the Holy trinity.
KJV – “ For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.”
NIV- “For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.“
In 1 John 5:10, God strongly states that anyone who does not believe the record that He gave of His Son in verse 7, makes God a liar. “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. ”
In 1 John 5:11, God clearly confirms the ‘record’ of what He stated in verse 7, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
If verse 7 is removed, then the record of agreement by the Godhead in heaven is also removed! Verse 7 is not a mere proof of the Trinity, it is really a proof that believers have total assurance of eternal life, when they are in the Son of God! God bears record in heaven that we have eternal life!
How dare these modern translations tamper with 1 John 5:7, as they tamper with the actual record in heaven that I have eternal life through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is probably the strongest verse in all the Bible for the assurance of eternal life in the Blessed Redeemer.
KJV vs NIV: The NIV removed several parts of The Lord’s Prayer
In the Luke’s recording of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ in Luke 11:2, these passages have been removed in the NIV:
- ‘which art in heaven’ (They don’t want you to believe that there’s a heaven)
- ‘Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth’
- ‘but deliver us from evil’ (they don’t want you to pray against evil, because Lucifer is evil)
Luke 11:2 KJV – “And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”
Luke 11:2 NIV – “He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.”
In Matthews recording of The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, they also removed:
- ‘Our father’
- ‘For thing is the power and the glory, forever, amen’
The NIV butchered ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. Do you still want to read it?
KJV vs NIV: The NIV implies that Joseph is the biological father of Jesus
In Luke 2:43, the KJ shows that Joseph is not Jesus biological father when it says “Joseph and his(Jesus) mother”, which is peculiar and implies a separation. The NIV says “his parents”, which implies that Joseph is his father.
KJV “And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.”
NIV “After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.“
IN Luke 2:33 the same implication is found in Luke 2:33, only this time it directly calls Joseph the father of Jesus, which removes the virgin birth.
KJV – “And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him.”
NIV- “The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.”
KJV vs NIV: The NIV removes the statement that God was manifest in the flesh in Jesus
1 Timothy 3:16 links God to all the things that Jesus accomplished on Earth, thereby equating Jesus with God in the flesh. We all appear in a body, so there’s nothing great about that. But God manifesting Himself in the flesh, that’s supernatural.
KJV- “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory“
NIV – “Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory“
KJV vs NIV: The NIV removes a proof of Jesus in the Old Testament
In Daniel 3:25 , the NIV removes Jesus as the person in the fiery furnace with his faithful servants Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. There is a big difference between ‘Son of God’ and ‘son of the gods’, and it removes Jesus appearance in the Old Testament.
KJV – ” He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God“
NIV – “He said, Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
KJV vs NIV: The NIV changes Satan’s destiny from hell to the grave
In Isaiah 14:15, the NIV changes the word ‘hell‘ to ‘grave‘. We all go to the grave! Why doesn’t the NIV want Satan in hell, where he belongs?
KJV – “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. “
NIV – “But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. “
KJV vs NIV: The NIV removes the harsh reality of those who reject God.
In Psalm 9:17, the NIV changes the destiny of the wicked from ‘hell‘ to ‘grave‘.
KJV – “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
NIV – “The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God. “
KJV vs NIV: The NIV removes that Jesus was worthy to be worshiped
Worshiping someone means they are worthy of the worship. Kneeling before someone does not imply the same thing.
In Matthew 8:2 the leper worshiped Jesus
KJV – “And, behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
NIV – “A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
In Matt 9:18 a Ruler came and worshiped Jesus
KJV- “While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. “
NIV – “While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.”
In Matthew 15:25 a Gentile woman from Canaan worshiped Jesus
KJV – “Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.”
NIV – “The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.”
IN Matthew 20:20 the mother of the disciples John and James worshiped Jesus.
KJV – “Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshiping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.”
NIV – “Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.”
In Mark 5:6 even the Demon-possessed man in Gadarenes worshiped Jesus even before the demons were cast out of him.
KJV – “But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshiped him.”
NIV – “When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.”
KJV vs NIV: The NIV removes the proof-text that Jesus is God
Verses like 1 John 3:16 show that Jesus is God. When a verse references God and then says ‘he’ (indicating Jesus), it confirms that Jesus is God. But when it is changed to just say Jesus, it removes the proof-text that he is God.
KJV – “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. “
NIV – “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”
KJV vs NIV: The NIV took away judgment from Jesus
In Romans 14:10 the NIV verse removes another proof-text that Jesus is God, and that He will be our judge.
KJV – “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.“
NIV – “You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.”
KJV vs NIV: The NIV removes Jesus as THE Great God
In Titus 2:13 ‘Our great god‘ implies that it’s true for Christians but not for all the world, as someone may believe their great god is Mohammed. But ‘the great God‘ implies that Jesus is THE one and only.
Whether you accept him as your Savior or not, he IS the great God.
KJV – “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ“
NIV- “while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ“
How can God’s anointing be on translations of a Bible version that tampers with these foundational doctrine of our faith?
This is the major reason why so many Christians today are powerless.
John 1:1 says that ‘Jesus is the Word of God’. When men change the meaning of the words of God and delete verses, they change the perception of Jesus and delete the proofs that He is God.
The power lies in the King James Bible, the true Words of God.
Now we’ll look at how many words have been deleted from the original text, in the next
KJV vs NIV Comparison