The New American Standard Version!
Is this the Word of God?
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In (Part 2) of the Stewarton Bible School's booklet Bible Versions
is the Real Word of God? I listed 80+ Bible texts from the King James Version; texts which had
been corrupted in the Revised Version. I then invited readers
to compare those texts with the modern translations they were
using, mainly because most modern translations are based
on the same corrupt Greek text used to underlie the Revised Version.
Some readers overlooked that introductory paragraph with
its reference to the REVISED VERSION and when they found
that certain verses in their modern version were not different
from the KJV they concluded that the 'proof texts'
listed in the booklet were no proof at all.
has prompted me to prepare this article which deals exclusively
with the New American Standard Version (NASV). God
willing I will prepare similar articles dealing exclusively
with other modern translations.
Meanwhile you are invited, as in the first
article, to compare any modern version with the following
texts; because most of them are also influenced by the same
corrupt manuscripts (Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus)
which underlie the NASV being examined here. You owe it
to yourself and family to check out these verses because it is
dangerous folly to persist in error once it has been brought to
2. EVERY WORD OF GOD
To begin with let no one forget the fact that EVERY WORD in
the Holy Bible is vitally important. So important is this
fact that the following warnings are given by the Almighty God
concerning His Word.
|| Ye shall not add unto the word which I
command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that
ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command
|| For I testify unto every man that heareth
the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto
these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written
in this book: |
19: And if any man shall take away from the words
of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out
of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things
which are written in this book.
It is absolutely impossible for me to over emphasise the gravity
of the above warning. Let all who read it - beware!
3. CORRUPT MANUSCRIPTS
As mentioned above the NASV draws heavily from two of the most
corrupt Greek manuscripts ever found, Codex Sinaiticus and
Codex Vaticanus. This fact alone, when it is brought to
one's attention, should cause discerning Bible students to stay
clear of the NASV. To be sure that translation contains many
passages which are identical to the KJV (as do all SBS
Sermon Notes and Bible Lessons) but that does not make the NASV
(or my own writings) the very Word of God! In my opinion
the NASV is a clever and extremely dangerous counterfeit;
a Bogus Bible posing as the very Word of God! It
must be exposed for what it really is - the Work of Satan!
In the 70+ verses that follow I have highlighted
in bold type the words, phrases and verses which have been
changed or deleted in the NASV. In a few
instances I have included a COMMENT; but where I have not,
the reader is advised to pause and consider the gravity of the
corruption of which the NASV is guilty.
4. DOUBT-LADEN FOOTNOTES
The NASV like many other modern translations contains many doubt-laden
footnotes such as:
- 'Many mss.(manuscripts) do not contain this verse.'
- 'The earliest mss read.'
- 'Some ancient mss add.'
- 'Many ancient authorities read.'
- 'Not found in the most of the old mss.'
- 'Some mss insert.'
- 'Some ancient mss do not contain.'
Unlike a good Chain-Reference Bible that points the reader to
other texts on the same subject, these footnotes clearly show
that the NASV translators, whilst putting on a show of apparent
fairness, are really unsure of their own product. 'Is
the NASV God's Word for Today or Not?' They obviously don't
know or don't believe, else they would not insert
so many conflicting footnotes; which not only cast doubt on the
King James Bible, but also on their own version which within
28 years of its publication in 1971 is now being phased out.
These dubious footnotes impliedly teach that since
there are so many disagreeing manuscripts no one can be certain
as to which is the real Word of God. In effect they say:
'Take your pick, decide for yourself which manuscript or version
you want to accept; for the fact is, no one can be certain what
God actually said.'
'Yea hath God said?' (Genesis 3:1)
was, and still is, Satan's main weapon against truth. He deceived
Eve in the Garden of Eden by planting doubt about God's
Word in her mind. Satan is doing the very same thing with
the modern translations of the Bible. They all cast doubt on
the real Word of God (the KJV); and those insinuating footnotes
are the latest Satanic way of saying: 'Hath God said?
With these thoughts in mind we will now turn our attention
to the actual verses which have been corrupted in the NASV. Remember
that these texts are from the KJV and the words or phrases in
bold type indicate where the NASV has twisted or
deleted God's Word.
- Luke 4: 4: And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written,
That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of
- Luke 4: 8: 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.
- Matt.25: 13: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day
nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
- Matt.27: 35: 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.
- Mark 6: 11: 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.
- Mark 13: 14: 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.
- John 7: 8: Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet
unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.
By omitting the word 'yet' the NASV makes the Saviour
a liar, because he did later go up to the feast.
- John 3: 15: That whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have eternal life.
COMMENT: This is an
extremely powerful verse. It guarantees that whoever believes
in Jesus (identified in verse 14) should not perish but have
eternal life. But what do the NASV translators make of this
verse? They mutilate it by deleting the words 'should not
perish.' Then they inject uncertainty by using the word
'may.' There is no assurance here, no divine guarantee
or promise. Instead, 'the believer
MAY in him
have eternal life;' implying thereby that he 'May
- Rom.14: 10: 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.
- Col.3: 6: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh
on the children of disobedience.
- 1 Tim.3: 16: 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.
COMMENT: The word
God has been changed to He. This is an attack on
a cardinal truth namely that Jesus Christ is God incarnate;
that is, God in human flesh! To replace the word God
with He is a corruption of the text.
It casts doubt on the divinity of Jesus Christ.
- 1 John 4: 3: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus
Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is
that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should
come; and even now already is it in the world.
word Christ means 'the anointed One, the Messiah!
In this verse the NASV omits the fact that Jesus was indeed
the Messiah, the anointed of God, the Christ! Indeed whenever
the word 'Christ' is omitted from its rightful place
in a modern translation, the fact that He is the Messiah, the
anointed of God, is being silently denied.
- 1 Cor.5: 7: Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may
be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover
is sacrificed for us.
- Col.1: 14: In whom we have redemption through his blood,
even the forgiveness of sins:
- 1 Peter 4: 1: Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for
us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind:
for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin.
In Me / On Me / Of Christ / In Christ / Through Christ
- Mark 9: 42: 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.
- John 6: 47: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth
on me hath everlasting life.
- Rom.1: 16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
- Gal.3: 17: And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed
before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred
and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the
promise of none effect.
- Gal.4: 7: Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son;
and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
- Gal.6: 15: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision
availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Denial of a Literal Heaven
The NASV translators have a strange aversion to heaven. Notice
how in the following six verses the references to heaven
have been removed.
- Luke 11: 2: 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.
COMMENT: The NASV translators have mutilated this verse,
which has 32 words, by deleting 14 of them! Another
5 words from this famous prayer have been deleted in the
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver
us from evil.
- Heb.10: 34: For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took
joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that
ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
- 1 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. 8: And there are three that bear witness in earth,
the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree
COMMENT: Here is another example of massive mutilation.
- Luke 24: 51: And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he
was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
- Rev.16: 17: And the seventh angel poured out his vial into
the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of
heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
- John 3: 13: And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he
that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in
- Luke 2: 33: And Joseph and his mother marvelled
at those things which were spoken of him.
name Joseph has been changed to His father,
thereby denying that God was the Saviour's Father not Joseph.
- John 8: 59: Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus
hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the
midst of them, and so passed by.
- Phil.4: 13: I can do all things through Christ which
COMMENT: As stated previously, the word
Christ means the anointed One, the Messiah. The
NASV replaces this powerful title with the word Him, which could
mean anyone or any God for that matter.
- Rev.21: 24: And the nations of them which are saved shall
walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their
glory and honour into it.
COMMENT: Deleting words from
the Bible, especially from the book of Revelation, carry
an extremely heavy penalty (Rev.22:18-19). The NASV translators
by deleting the words 'of them which are saved' have
removed a vital proviso and allowed all nations to enter the new
Jerusalem. It's not just 'the nations' but rather 'the
nations of them which are saved.'
- 2 Cor.4: 14: Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus
shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with
COMMENT: The word by has been changed to with!
This change makes the whole sentence nonsense; because this
letter to the Corinthians was written over 25 years after
the resurrection of Jesus. So how could any believer at that time
be resurrected 'with' Jesus?
- Eph.3: 9: 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.
Bible plainly teaches that Jesus Christ (the living Word of God)
created the universe. His Father was the architect, but the Son
was the builder. The NASV translators deny this fact in the above
verse by deleting the words 'by Jesus Christ.'
- James 5: 16: Confess your faults one to another, and
pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent
prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
COMMENT: The word
'faults' has been changed to 'sins.'
There is a subtle difference between a 'fault' and
a 'sin.' A 'fault' is a defect or weakness
(i.e. a short temper, an inclination to over drink, over eat etc.)
A 'sin' is a direct transgression or violation of a divine
command. 'Faults' may lead to sin if no control is exercised.
But 'faults' are not 'sins.' 'Faults' are
weaknesses which could result in 'sin' if not controlled;
but faults are not sins.
However, the main danger of the change in this verse is that it raises the issue of 'Christians confessing their sins to a
priest?' Is that what the Bible teaches?
- Acts 2: 30: Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God
had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins,
according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on
- Rev.1: 8: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,
saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come,
- Rev.1: 11: 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 which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and
unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis,
and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
- Rev.2: 9: I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty,
(but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say
they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
- Rev.2: 20: Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee,
because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself
a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit
fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
The term 'acts of immorality' have been substituted for 'fornication.' ‘Acts of immorality’ mean different things to different people. Any solicitor will tell you that God's warning about 'fornication'
in this verse has been considerably weakened; especially
in view of the specific instruction about 'fornication'
given in Acts 15:20 to the newly converted Gentiles.
- Rev. 2: 15: So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine
of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
- Rev.5: 14: And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and
twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for
ever and ever.
- Rev.11: 17: Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast
taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
- Rev.16: 5: And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art
righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because
thou hast judged thus.
The Title LORD, which identifies the Saviour's Deity is repeatedly
left out in the NASV.
- Matt.13: 51: Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all
these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
- Mark 9: 24: And straightway the father of the child cried
out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine
- Luke 9: 57: And it came to pass, that, as they went in the
way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee
whithersoever thou goest.
- Luke 22: 31: And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold,
Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.
- Luke 23: 42: And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember
me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
- Rom.6: 11: Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed
unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- 1 Cor.15: 47: The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second
man is the Lord from heaven.
- 2 Cor.4: 10: Always bearing about in the body the dying of
the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made
manifest in our body.
- Gal.6: 17: From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear
in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
- 1 Tim.1: 1: Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment
of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our
- 1 Tim.5: 21: I charge thee before God, and the Lord
Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things
without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
- 2 Tim.4: 1: I charge thee therefore before God, and the
Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead
at his appearing and his kingdom.
- Titus 1: 4: To Titus, mine own son after the common faith:
Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord
Jesus Christ our Saviour.
- 2 John 1: 3: Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God
the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of
the Father, in truth and love.
- John 6: 69: And we believe and are sure that thou art that
Christ, the Son of the living God.
vital verse which identifies Jesus as the 'Messiah,' the
'Christ,' the 'Son of the living God' has
been changed to read: the 'holy one of God;'
a term which could apply to any prophet or godly person.
Pause dear reader and try to take in what that means.
MY Father changed to THE Father.
The NASV casts doubt on the fact that GOD not Joseph was the Father
of Jesus Christ. Notice how in the following four verses my
Father is changed to the Father.
- John 8: 28: Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted
up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I
do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me,
I speak these things.
- John 10: 32: Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed
you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone
- John 14: 28: Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away,
and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because
I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater
- John 16: 10: Of righteousness, because I go to my Father,
and ye see me no more.
- Col.1: 2: To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which
are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Luke 24: 52: And they worshipped him, and returned
to Jerusalem with great joy.
5. BRACKETED VERSES
Bracketed verses in the NASV are accompanied with Misleading
Notes which, as pointed out previously, all cast doubt on the
veracity of the King James Version.
- Matt.18: 11: [For the Son of man is come to save that which
COMMENT: The following dubious Note appears
at the foot of the page: 'Most ancient mss. (manuscripts)
do not contain this verse.
- Mark 16:9-20 COMMENT: These 12 verses are [bracketed]
and the following misleading note appears at the foot of the page:
'Some of the oldest mss. do not contain vv 9-20.
- Luke 9: 56: [For the Son of man is not come to destroy
men's lives, but to save them.] And they went to another village.
- Luke 24: 40: [And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them
his hands and his feet.]
- John 7:53 - 8:11 COMMENT: As in the above verses this
entire passage is also [bracketed] and its authenticity questioned
by the dubious Note: John 7:53-811 is not found in most of
the old manuscripts.
- Mark 15: 28: [And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith,
And he was numbered with the transgressors.] COMMENT: As
in the above passages this verse is also [bracketed] and its authenticity
questioned by the dubious Note: 'many mss. Do not contain this
- Luke 24: 12: [Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre;
and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves,
and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.]
COMMENT: As in the above cases this verse is also [bracketed]
and its authenticity questioned by the dubious Note: 'Some
ancient mss. Do not contain verse 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.]
6. NO DOCTRINAL DIFFERENCES?
Some believers claim that, even allowing for the above changes,
no doctrinal differences can be found in the NASV. Is this
the case? Are we making a mountain out of a molehill?
The reader will have noticed that in the passages already quoted
many basic Christian doctrines are affected. To name a few:
- Is Christ the Creator? Did he actually make all
- Is Jesus God? Should he be called Lord? Is
He the Son of God? Is He God incarnate, God in human flesh?
Or was Joseph His father?
- The Saviour's Title: Is Jesus the Christ,
the Messiah, the promised Anointed One?
- Was Jesus a liar, or was He sinless?
- Is Jesus the Alpha and Omega? Or is he deceiving Himself and us?
- The Resurrection: Did the Lord Jesus Christ actually
come from heaven and did He return to heaven after His resurrection?
Is he in heaven? Is there a Temple in Heaven?
- And lastly are the translators of the NASV confident that
their work is indeed the Word of God? Or are those numerous
footnotes evidence of their colossal doubt; evidence that
they themselves do not believe that there is any such thing as
the real WORD OF GOD in existence today!
It is poor reasoning to justify a missing doctrine in one text
by claiming that it can be found in another part of the Scriptures.
Who are we to decide or judge how often God specifies a doctrine?
If He chooses to repeat anything, be it a command or a doctrine,
let us beware of amending His work! There is absolutely no excuse
for altering God's Holy Word. As Rev. Samuel C Gipp once said
'Cut just one vein and you could kill a man as surely as if
you had blown him to pieces!'
If Satan had altered every text
concerning a single doctrine his deception would have been soon
discovered by even the casual Bible student. All he needed to
deceive God's people was to alter a word or sentence here and
another word or sentence there. That was all that was necessary;
and that is what he has so successfully done with every modern
translation which is based on corrupt manuscripts. He has deceived millions of sincere Christians and I was one of them!
In his book Missing In Modern Bibles - Is the
Full Story Being Told? Pastor Jack Moorman has actually
counted every word in the New Testament Greek Texts, both of
the Received Text (Textus Receptus) and the Revised Text. He
found that of the 140,521 Greek words in the Received
Text, a total of 2,886 words were omitted from
the Revised Text of Nestle-Aland and Westcott and
Hort. These 2,886 words have affected 356 doctrinal
passages! Pause and take note of that astonishing fact!
Pastor Moorman reviews these 356 passages in
another of his books entitled Early Manuscripts and The Authorized
Version --- A Closer Look. If you really want to ensure that
the Bible you are studying every day is the very Word of God,
then take steps to obtain these books and study them. Another
highly recommended book is by Rev. D.A. Waite entitled Defending
the King James Bible. These books, and many, many others
on this same subject of Bible Versions, are published
by The Bible For Today Press: 900 Park Avenue, Collingswood,
New Jersey 08108. U.S.A.
For information on books concerning the Bible Version issue write to the following Publishers.
- Though this article deals exclusively with textual corruption
found in the New American Standard Version (NASV); the
reader may compare any modern translation against the texts
listed in this article.
- Every single word in the Bible is vitally important.
Any attempt to add, delete or change a word or text in the Bible,
especially in the book of Revelation, will attract the
wrath of God and could result in the loss of eternal life. (Rev.22:18-19)
- The NASV is strongly influenced by two corrupt manuscripts:
Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus. These have
defiled the entire publication.
- Doubt-laden Footnotes in the NASV cause one to conclude
that the translators themselves do not believe the NASV
(nor indeed any other translation) is the Word of God!
In other words they are not sure. They don't know. They don't
- Bracketed Texts are also evidence that the translators
do not believe that the Almighty has preserved His Word. So they
include these verses - just in case.
- The idea that Vital Doctrines are unaffected in the NASV
is a fallacy.
Some 2,886 words are missing from the Greek text that underlies
These words affect 356
doctrinal passages! Dare anyone accuse God of unnecessarily repeating three, four or five times the same doctrine!
Let the reader consider over and over again what is presented
in this article. Because no greater deception can be aimed at
the Christian Church than to make it doubt the tried and tested
Word of God, the Authorized King James Bible.
HOLY BIBLE Bible Versions Booklet The NIV ... Is it God's Word?
Author: David B Loughran
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland