The NIV Bible Contains 17 Fewer Verses than the KJV - Which is more correct?It is said that there are 17 missing verses in the NIV Bible translation. This fact, in addition to many other differences in translation, seem to show the NIV contents has gotten out of alignment from the King James Version published back in 1611. There are seemingly good arguments on both sides of this issue claiming which version is more accurate. How do we settle this debate? I believe the numbering in the Bible is so perfectly in line with the contents of the text, that we can use this alignment to demonstrate the KJV is numerically correct in the number and organization of books, chapters and verses.
This perfection in numbering takes the decision regarding the accuracy of Bible versions out of the minds of opinionated men and lets the preciseness of numbers answer the question. Of course, a numerically perfect Bible structure seems impossible, but it is worthwhile to remember that God told us in His Word that it is perfect and that he would preserve it.
God preserved his word...Psa 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. v7 You, O LORD, will keep them; You will preserve them from this generation forever.When we realize that God not only inspired the text of the Bible, but also the numbers, we can use the perfection of the numbering to confirm if and when it has been tampered with. One of the best examples of observing this numerical perfection is seeing the exact center verses in the KJV and how the text lines up with the verse numbering God apparently assigned. Other Bible versions that do not have such numeric alignment simply don't provide such evidence for their correctness.
I should note, once I began to observe a pattern to how Bible verse numbers lined up with their text, over a period of years my research let me to discover the preciseness of the KJV. I did not set out to prove the KJV correct, but rather simply was seeking to find out about the DNA like numerical perfection of scripture and eventually discovered only the 31,102 verses, 66 books and 1189 chapters of the KJV all lined up numerically perfect with numbers and text. Take away any verse or change the organization in any way and the numbering alignment was in error. The perfect book identifies itself.
The perfection of the KJV's exact center verses...
It would appear God has left us easily visible clues as to the validity of the Bible -- even though the evidences take some thought to comprehend. Consider the below facts as possible indications of the 1611 KJV Bible's perfect numbering and structure.
Psalm 103:1-2 are the exact middle verses of the 1611 KJV Bible. These two verses are found at the 15551-15552nd cross Bible verse locations and are the 1611-1612nd verses in the Book of Psalms.
Psa 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.Consider these surprising facts about these verses:
Psa 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;
- There are 31,102 verses in the KJV Bible as opposed to 31,085 verses in the NIV translation
- The middle verses of the KJV Bible are Psalm 103:1-2. It is very interesting that the chapter and verse reference seem to relate to the total number of verses in the KJV (31,102 contains the same digits as 103:1-2 (Hebrew gematria)
- The middle verse number of the Bible is 15551 & 15552. The number 15551 is very interesting with likely gematria related symbolism
- The middle verses of the Bible both declare "Bless the LORD, O my soul...". Is it coincidence that the last verse of the first half of the Bible and the first verse in the last half start and end with this same exact phrase giving praise to the LORD?
- These middle verses point precisely to the first two verses of a chapter that both begins and ends with the phrase "Bless the LORD.." Psalm 103:1 through Psalm 103:22. Note: #22 is a number symbolic of Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
- Psalm 103:1 is the 1611th verse of the book of Psalms and the KJV bible was published in 1611. It's as if this is a direct pointer to this specific Bible version. Note: There's many evidences that both the cross Bible book and verse numbers have a DNA like perfection and relationship to the Bible's text.
The imperfection of the NIV center verse numbers...
The exact center verse of the NIV is:
Psa 102:21 That men may tell of the name of the LORD in Zion And His praise in Jerusalem...Not only does the text not consist of a complete statement, its related numbers don't line up in any sense of perfection like the NIV's center verses do:
- The NIV Bible's middle verse number is the 15543rd Bible verse -- not a balanced number like 15551.
- The verse does not begin on a chapter boundary. It is the 21st of 28 verses is Psalm 102
- The cross Psalm verse number is 1603 as opposed to 1611 in the KJV.
It is true that the curious ways the middle KJV Bible verses line up might be coincidence, but when considered with the hundreds of such coincidences I document about the Bible's perfect structure, the chances of all the evidences being a product of chance are very small. In addition, the important text left out of the NIV version also adds to its seeming lack of God's preservation. As you learn more about the Bible's numbering, you will have a more and more difficult time dismissing all these evidences as coincidental.
17 Verses Missing from the NIV translation
Following are the KJV Bible verses that are missing from the NIV and other similarly based Bible translations:
Matt 23:14 ["Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.]
Matt 17:21 ["But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."]
Matt 18:11 ["For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.]
Mrk 7:16 ["If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."]
Mrk 9:44 [where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.]
Mrk 9:46 [where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.]
Mrk 11:26 ["But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions."]
Mrk 15:28 [And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And He was numbered with transgressors."]
Luke 17:36 ["Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left."]
Luke 23:17 [Now he was obliged to release to them at the feast one prisoner.]
John 5:4 [...for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.]
Act 8:37 [And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."]
Act 15:34 [But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.]
Act 24:7 "But Lysias the commander came along, and with much violence took him out of our hands,
Act 28:29 [When he had spoken these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves.]
Rom 16:24 [The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.]
1Joh 5:7 For there are three that testify: