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Study the changes made in the newer English translations (based upon the Westcott and Hort text) in these examples. Which changes refer to the divinity of Jesus Christ? Are references to Jesus being God added or taken away in the new translations? Why is this dangerous?

How different are the various ancient manuscripts and present English Bible translations? The vast majority of differences between ancient manuscripts deal with matters such as spelling, grammar, word order, and other copying items which do not affect the meaning of the text.

There are, however, several verses or sections of the new Testament left out, placed in brackets, or footnoted in the newer Bible versions which follow Westcott and Hort's departure from the Traditional Text. Some examples of "left-out" portions of Scripture include:

John 7.53-8:11

The story of the adulterous woman brought to Jesus.

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."

I John 5:7

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."

Mark 16:9-20

The closing verses of the Gospel of Mark.

Some examples of different translation readings are as follows (KJV - King James Version; ASV - American Standard Version; NIV - New International Version; RSV - Revised Standard Version):

Luke 2:14


"and on earth peace, good will toward men."

"and on earth peace toward men of goodwill. "

John 3:13


"even the Son of man which is in heaven."

"the Son of man."

Luke 24:40


"He shewed them His hands and His feet."

(Dismissed to a marginal note.)

Tim 3:16


"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit."


"Beyond all question; the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit."

Matt 6:13


"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."


"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."

I Cor. 15:47


"The second man is the Lord from heaven."

"The second man is from heaven."

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