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"Jesus" In The New Versions

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Often in examining the KJV-only issue, you will see tables like the following that attempt to show that the newer versions like the NIV are "taking away" the name of Jesus, and replacing it with a pronoun like "he" or "him". These versions are then considered terrible because they are removing the name of Jesus. Some KJV-onlies go as far as saying that Satan is responsible for these removals of the name of Jesus and thus the entire translation, because Satan hates that name. The following table is complete, comparing all verses in the KJV that have "Jesus" where the corresponding verse in the NIV does not have "Jesus" in the verse:

UPDATE - Same tables, but for the NASB instead of the NIV, are now available here.

Scripture ReferenceKJVNIV
Matt 9:28, Matt 13:36, Matt 17:20,
Matt 17:22, Matt 18:2, Matt 24:2,
Mark 5:13, Mark 7:27, Mark 11:14,
Mark 14:18, Luke 7:22, John 4:16,
John 4:46, John 8:20, John 9:1,
John 11:14, John 11:39, John 20:15,
John 21:5
Jesushe
2 Cor 4:11 Jesushis
Matt 8:29Jesus, thou Son of GodSon of God
Matt 16:20Jesus the Christthe Christ
Romans 15:8, 2 Cor 4:6, 2 Cor 5:18 Jesus ChristChrist
Col 1:28, Phile 1:6, 1 Pet 5:10,
1 Pet 5:14
Christ JesusChrist
Luke 7:19, Luke 10:39, Luke 10:41 Jesusthe Lord
Acts 19:10, 1 Cor 5:5 Lord JesusLord
Rom 16:18 Lord Jesus ChristLord Christ
1 Cor 16:22, 2 Tim 4:22 Lord Jesus ChristLord
John 19:38 the body of Jesusthe body
Acts 3:26 Son Jesusservant
Rom 1:3 Son Jesus Christ our LordSon
Acts 7:45, Heb 4:8
(Jesus,Joshua: What's the difference?)
JesusJoshua
Acts 8:37, Romans 16:24, Col 1:2 Jesus[not present, but it is in the footnote]
John 21:21, Acts 9:29, Gal 6:15,
Eph 3:9, Eph 3:14
Jesus[not present]

Such charts are used by KJV-only supporters to "alarm" you that Satan has indeed worked to remove the name of Jesus from the new versions like the NIV. KJV-only supporters pull out these verses, generating charts like the one above, to "prove" their position.

However, they rarely explain that it's not the NIV that's removing the name "Jesus", but rather the name is missing because:

1. the NIV is following much older manuscripts (up to 1000 years older than those used for the KJV).
2. the NIV is more of a "dynamic equivalence" translation than the KJV is, thus many times "Jesus" is replaced with "he" or "him" if the meaning is not lost.

But, that's not the biggest problem with such charts. If you have seen such charts before, or even used them to support the KJV-only position, what I'm about to show you may shock you. I hope it does. :-)

Such charts give examples of where the KJV has "Jesus" but the NIV doesn't. The logic is that the NIV must have the name of "Jesus" less often than the KJV, and is therefore less reverent or evil in some way, and even that Satan is responsible for the removal because Satan hates the name. However, anyone who would look into the matter for themselves would find that the NASB has "Jesus" just as often as the KJV, and also that the NIV has the name of "Jesus" approximately 300 times MORE often than the KJV does! (give or take a few depending on where you get the numbers from.) Does having "Jesus" show up more often sound like something Satan would do? The logic used by KJV-onlies is that Satan wants to remove the name of "Jesus"!

Don't believe it? That's probably because (if you're KJV-only) you've seen biased charts like those above containing hand-picked verses, while dozen of other verses are ignored. When lies get told enough, they start to seem like the truth. KJV-only authors make charts like those above. Then, KJV-only pastors and supporters read those authors and don't look into it for themselves, spreading the misinformation to their congregations and others. The falsehood just keeps spreading until one hears it from so many different places that it's believed as truth. Well, maybe it's time to make another chart in response, this one showing the verse comparisons that get TOTALLY ignored:

Scripture Reference(s)KJVNIV
Matt 4:4, Matt 4:19, Matt 4:21,
Matt 8:24, Matt 9:1, Matt 11:20,
Matt 12:22, Matt 12:46, Matt 13:24,
Matt 15:3, Matt 15:10, Matt 15:23,
Matt 15:39, Matt 16:4, Matt 16:23,
Matt 19:8, Matt 19:11, Matt 19:17,
Matt 20:23, Matt 21:10, Matt 21:23,
Matt 22:34, Matt 24:3, Matt 26:20,
Matt 26:23, Matt 26:25, Matt 27:3,
Matt 27:14, Mark 1:10, Mark 1:16,
Mark 1:21, Mark 1:35, Mark 1:38,
Mark 1:43, Mark 2:4, Mark 2:13,
Mark 2:14, Mark 2:23, Mark 3:3,
Mark 3:4, Mark 3:13, Mark 3:23,
Mark 4:1, Mark 4:9, Mark 4:13,
Mark 4:33, Mark 4:28, Mark 5:2,
Mark 5:8, Mark 5:9, Mark 5:18,
Mark 5:32, Mark 5:35, Mark 5:38,
Mark 6:1, Mark 6:6, Mark 6:39,
Mark 6:45, Mark 7:14, Mark 7:24,
Mark 7:31, Mark 7:33, Mark 7:36,
Mark 8:5, Mark 8:15, Mark 8:23,
Mark 8:25, Mark 8:26, Mark 8:30,
Mark 8:33, Mark 9:9, Mark 9:12,
Mark 9:19, Mark 9:21, Mark 9:28,
Mark 9:30, Mark 9:35, Mark 10:1,
Mark 10:17, Mark 10:46, Mark 11:1,
Mark 11:12, Mark 11:27, Mark 12:15,
Mark 12:28, Mark 12:38, Mark 12:43,
Mark 13:3, Mark 14:16, Mark 14:17,
Mark 14:32, Mark 14:61, Mark 15:2,
Mark 15:44, Mark 16:11, Mark 16:12,
Mark 16:14, Luke 4:23, Luke 4:38,
Luke 4:42, Luke 5:12, Luke 5:13,
Luke 5:14, Luke 5:16, Luke 5:20,
Luke 5:27 (twice), Luke 5:34, Luke 6:1,
Luke 6:5, Luke 6:8, Luke 6:12,
Luke 7:1, Luke 7:11, Luke 7:15,
Luke 7:21, Luke 7:24, Luke 7:43,
Luke 7:48, Luke 7:50, Luke 8:1,
Luke 8:22, Luke 8:27, Luke 8:29,
Luke 8:42, Luke 8:49, Luke 8:52,
Luke 8:55, Luke 9:1, Luke 9:18,
Luke 9:21, Luke 9:28, Luke 9:51,
Luke 9:55, Luke 10:28, Luke 11:1,
Luke 11:14, Luke 11:17, Luke 11:27,
Luke 11:29, Luke 11:37, Luke 11:38,
Luke 11:46, Luke 11:53, Luke 12:1,
Luke 12:14, Luke 12:22, Luke 13:10,
Luke 13:18, Luke 13:22, Luke 14:1,
Luke 14:12, Luke 14:16, Luke 15:3,
Luke 15:11, Luke 16:1, Luke 17:1,
Luke 17:11, Luke 17:20, Luke 18:1,
Luke 18:9, Luke 18:27, Luke 18:29,
Luke 18:31, Luke 18:35, Luke 19:4,
Luke 19:28, Luke 20:17, Luke 20:41,
Luke 20:45, Luke 21:1, Luke 21:5,
Luke 21:37, Luke 22:8, Luke 22:13,
Luke 22:14, Luke 22:25, Luke 22:34,
Luke 22:35, Luke 22:39, Luke 22:67,
Luke 23:3, Luke 23:7, Luke 23:9,
Luke 24:28, Luke 24:35, John 9:22,
John 11:43, John 11:57, John 12:9,
John 12:37, John 13:28, John 18:6,
John 19:41, John 20:9, John 21:15,
John 21:16 (twice), John 21:17, John 21:19,
Acts 1:22, Acts 9:20, Hebrews 2:11,
Hebrews 7:24, Hebrews 8:6, 1 John 2:6,
1 John 3:16
heJesus
Matt 8:31, Matt 9:32, Matt 12:10,
Matt 12:14, Matt 14:35, Matt 16:1,
Matt 17:3, Matt 17:14, Matt 18:21,
Matt 19:13, Matt 19:16, Matt 20:20,
Matt 21:7, Matt 26:62, Matt 27:18,
Matt 27:34, Matt 27:48, Mark 1:30,
Mark 1:32, Mark 1:34, Mark 2:4,
Mark 2:18, Mark 3:2, Mark 3:6,
Mark 5:10, Mark 5:12, Mark 5:17,
Mark 5:22, Mark 6:54, Mark 7:1,
Mark 7:5, Mark 7:26, Mark 8:11,
Mark 8:22, Mark 9:15, Mark 9:20,
Mark 10:10, Mark 10:13, Mark 11:21,
Mark 12:13, Mark 14:1, Mark 14:10,
Mark 14:45, Mark 14:46, Mark 14:51,
Mark 15:10, Mark 15:16, Mark 15:22,
Mark 15:36, Mark 15:39, Luke 4:38,
Luke 4:40, Luke 5:1, Luke 5:18,
Luke 5:29, Luke 6:7, Luke 7:17,
Luke 7:20, Luke 7:36, Luke 8:4,
Luke 8:32, Luke 8:37, Luke 9:10,
Luke 10:25, Luke 13:1, Luke 13:31,
Luke 14:15, Luke 14:25, Luke 16:14,
Luke 18:15, Luke 18:43, Luke 19:39,
Luke 20:27, Luke 22:2, Luke 22:4,
Luke 22:6, Luke 22:66, Luke 23:3,
Luke 23:55, John 1:40, John 7:43,
John 8:4, John 10:42, John 11:3,
John 13:2, John 19:12, John 19:32,
Acts 3:16, Acts 13:27, Hebrews 13:15
himJesus
Luke 20:20, Acts 3:16, Acts 13:24 hisJesus
Matt 17:24, Matt 20:29, Luke 10:38 theyJesus and his disciples
2 Cor 11:4 whomJesus
Acts 10:48 the LordJesus Christ
Acts 18:25 the LordJesus
Mark 16:19, 2 Thess 2:8 LordLord Jesus
Acts 16:7 SpiritSpirit of Jesus
Acts 24:24, Romans 8:34, 1 Cor 4:17,
Gal 5:24, Eph 3:6, Col 4:12
ChristChrist Jesus
Acts 9:22 thisJesus
Acts 13:38, Heb 3:3 this manJesus
Mark 3:20, Mark 7:19,
Luke 9:31, John 10:40
[not present]Jesus
Romans 1:4 [not present]Jesus Christ our Lord
Jude 1:25 [not present]through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages

The NIV inspired by Satan? The NIV brings thousands to Christ, helps thousand of others grow in Christ, and has the name of "Jesus" approximately 300 times more often than the KJV! If you thought/think the NIV is inspired by Satan, perhaps you need to read:

Mar 3:24-26 (KJV) "And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. [25] And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. [26] And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end."


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