Would you take a magic marker to your Bible and cross out
words from passages?
This chart illustrates what was done when the text
used by Christianity for 1800 years was replaced with a text assembled by Westcott and Hort in the nineteenth century and
used as the basis for the English Revised Version, which nearly all modern translations closely follow.
The text shown here is the King James Version. Words,
sentences, or entire verses in
strikethrough illustrate portions that have been removed
from the text underlying the KJV New Testament. Not all modern versions are the same. Sometimes the NASB will include
a word the NIV doesn't, or the NRSV might omit a phrase the NIV and NASB both retain, etc... but for the most part, the examples
below represent nearly all of the popular modern versions. (Psudeo-KJV versions such as the NKJV are far more subtle and are
a different case. See the articles section for NKJV examinations.)
Compare your modern version and see what the KJV has
that yours doesn't. This list is not comprehensive, it is just a sample! The modern critical text that forms the
basis for nearly all modern versions omits the equivalent of the entire books of 1st and 2nd Peter.
Critics commonly charge that the traditional Bible text used by
believers for 1800 years adds material, and that we should be thankful for Westcott and Hort who came along in the
19th century to restore the text of the New Testament that had been corrupt for 1800 years and during the entire reformation.
This charge is of course made against evidence to the contrary, as you will find if you research the text lines (read
other articles on this website). Further, it is interesting to note that one of these verses is this:
Romans 13:9: For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou
shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there
be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
The phrase "thou shalt not bear false witness" is missing from
the modern critical text (and therefor most modern versions). Now I ask you: is it reasonable to assume that a scribe added
a self-incriminating phrase to the passage? Isn't it more likely that "those who corrupt the word of God" (2 Cor. 2:17, KJV)
removed the phrase which indicted them?
Now on to Westcott and Hort's Magic Marker Binge!
(Part 1: Matthew - John)
||And knew her not till she had brought forth her |firstborn son: and
he called his name JESUS.
||But I say unto you, 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;
||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.
||But seek ye first the kingdom |of God, and his righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you.
||And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, |Jesus,
thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
||But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the
righteous, but sinners |to repentance.
||A good man out of the good treasure |of the heart bringeth forth good
things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
|Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say
unto him, Yea, Lord.
||This people |draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me
with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
||And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. |O
ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
||Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was |Jesus
|Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
|For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
||And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another,
committeth adultery: |and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
||And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, |that
is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
||They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; |and
whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
||So the last shall be first, and the first last: |for many be called, but few chosen.
||But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of,
|and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We
|Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and
for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
||Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour |wherein the Son of man
||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.
||And |as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying,
All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
||Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel |of
the kingdom of God,
||And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and |immediately
the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
||When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are
sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners |to repentance.
||And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet
for a testimony against them. |Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha
in the day of judgment, than for that city.
||But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen |from
||For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, |as the washing
of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
|If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
||And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, |Lord,
I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
||And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe |in me,
it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
|Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
|Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
||For every one shall be salted with fire, |and every sacrifice shall be salted with
||Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever
thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, |take up the cross,
and follow me.
||Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh |in the name of the Lord:
Hosanna in the highest.
||But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, |spoken of by Daniel the prophet,
standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
||Take ye heed, watch |and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
||But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch;| and the cock crew.
|And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary
Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another
form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed
they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness
of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the
world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not
shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with
new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands
on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat
on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word
with signs following. Amen.(typically marginalized or set in brackets. Footnotes in NIV are patently
||And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: |blessed art thou among women.
||And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, |but
by every word of God.
||And Jesus answered and said unto him, |Get thee behind me, Satan: for
it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
||And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art |Christ
the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.
|And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation?
and to what are they like?
||And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down
from heaven, and consume them, |even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them,
and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the
Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
||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.
||And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a
sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas |the prophet.
|Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
||For all these have of their abundance |cast in unto the offerings of God:
but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
|And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have
you, that he may sift you as wheat:
||And when they had blindfolded him, |they struck him on the face, and
asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?
|(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
||And a superscription also was written over him in |letters of Greek, and Latin, and
Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
||And he said unto Jesus, |Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy
|He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when
he was yet in Galilee,
|And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
||And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city |of
Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
||And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, |and carried
up into heaven.
||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.
||He it is, who coming after me is| preferred before me, whose shoe's
latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
||And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man |which
is in heaven.
||That whosoever believeth in him |should not perish, but have eternal
||And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know
that this is indeed |the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
||In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, |waiting
for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and
troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease
||Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth |on me hath everlasting
||And we believe and are sure that thou art |that Christ, the Son of
the living God.
||Then they took away the stone from the place |where the dead was laid.
And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
||A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, |because
I go to the Father.
||While I was with them |in the world, I kept them in thy name: those
that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.