Note in the picture below, that the NIV version completely omits verse 37! And there are many more verses deleted from the NIV and ESV!! This entry doesn’t even touch on the words that have been taken out!
Okay friends, this is a serious post (cuz I’m such a jokester, I needed to warn you… lol). No really… I am really bothered by what I just discovered! This is an exceptionally long post, because I am including a lot of passages but the meat of what I say isn’t a lot, so I hope you’ll read what I’m sharing here… because to Christians, this matters!!!
Okay, so years ago I used to work primarily out of the New International Version (NIV) Bible because it was easier for me to follow. I did this for several of the first years of being a Christian. Eventually, I transitioned to New King James Version (NKJV), because I wanted to dig a little deeper and had a sense in my spirit that something was missing from the NIV. I used the NKJV with the KJV for many years that followed as I began to dig deeper into the Greek and Hebrew meanings of the scriptures and began to see discrepancies here and there. They weren’t huge, but they mattered to me, so I went in search of a version I felt more fit what I had been studying from the Greek and Hebrew. Well, I fell right in love with the English Standard Version (ESV), and thus worked out of that for the next several years, and very recently switched to the Expanded Bible (EXB).
Well, here is what I’m bothered by. I recalled a conversation I had with someone years ago, that must have influenced my decision to stop using the NIV, and remembered doing a quick search about some passages that were missing. I didn’t spend too much time on it but just moved on to different versions… well, it came to my mind so I went to go see which passages were missing… and I discovered some of them are also missing from the ESV. I’m so bothered by this… whyyyyy are scriptures missing from the Bible?
Thankfully they are in the Bible I have now, but I wanted to compile the passages that are deleted from the NIV (and other versions). It’s not exhaustive, but I wanted to share this so others can have this information. Be sure your own Bible has all the passages!
Acts 8:37 is missing. If you look in the NIV (and ESV), you will find verse 36 and 38, but 37 is completely removed.
This is what the EXB says from verse 36-38: “While they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. The ·officer [L eunuch] said, “Look, here is water. What is stopping [preventing] me from being baptized?” Philip answered, “If you believe with all your heart, you can.” The officer said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Then the officer commanded the chariot to stop. Both Philip and the officer [L eunuch] went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.”
The King James Version (KJV) says, “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 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. And he commanded chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”
Moving on to more verses, we also have Matthew 12:47 which is completely removed from NIV and ESV.
EXB: “While Jesus was talking to the ·people [crowds], [L look; T behold] his mother and ·brothers [or brothers and sisters; C the Greek word can mean “siblings”] stood outside, ·trying to find a way [seeking; asking] to talk to him. Someone told Jesus, “[L Look; T Behold] Your mother and brothers [and sisters] are standing outside, ·and they want [seeking; asking] to talk to you.” He answered, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers [and sisters]?”
And in KJV: “While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?”
The following passages in bold are also not included in NIV
(and as far as I can tell, also ESV).
I’ve included the scripture
before and/or after to reveal its context.
Matthew 17:21 ~ “Jesus answered, “Because ·your faith is too small [you have so little faith]. I tell you the truth, if your faith is ·as big as [as small as; the size of; L as; like] a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. ·All things will be possible [L Nothing would be impossible] for you. That kind of spirit comes out only if you use prayer and fasting.” (EXB)
Matthew 18:11 ~ “Be careful [Watch out; or See that you…]. Don’t ·think these little children are worth nothing [L despise/look down on one of these little ones]. [L For] I tell you that they have angels in heaven who are always ·with [in the presence of; L see the face of] my Father in heaven. The Son of Man came to save ·lost people [that which was lost]. “[L What do you think?] If a man has a hundred sheep but one of the sheep ·gets lost [goes astray; wanders off], ·he will [L won’t he…?] leave the other ninety-nine on the ·hill [L hills; mountains] and go to look for the lost sheep.” (EXB)
Matthew 21:44 ~ “‘So [For this reason; Therefore] I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to ·people [a nation] who ·do the things God wants in his kingdom [L will produce its fruit]. The person who ·falls on [stumbles over] this stone will be ·broken [shattered], and on whomever that stone falls, that person will be crushed.’ When the ·leading [T chief] priests and the Pharisees heard these ·stories [parables], they knew Jesus was talking about them.” (EXB)
Matthew 23:14 ~ “‘How terrible for [L Woe to] you, ·teachers of the law [scribes] and Pharisees! You are hypocrites! [L Because] You ·close [shut; lock] the door for people to enter the kingdom of heaven. You yourselves don’t enter, and you ·stop [don’t allow] others who are trying to enter. How terrible for [L Woe to] you, ·teachers of the law [scribes] and Pharisees. You are hypocrites. You ·take away [L devour] widows’ houses, and you say long prayers ·so that people will notice you [as a pretense]. So you will have a worse ·punishment [condemnation]. How terrible for [L Woe to] you, ·teachers of the law [scribes] and Pharisees! You are hypocrites! You travel across land and sea to ·find one person who will change to your ways [L make one convert/proseltye]. When you ·find that person [make that convert], you make him ·more fit for hell than [L twice the son of hell/Gehenna that; 5:22] you are.’“ (EXB)
Mark 7:16 ~ “‘There is nothing people put into their bodies that ·makes them unclean [pollutes/defiles them]. [But rather] People are ·made unclean [polluted; defiled] by the things that come out of them. Let those with ears use them and listen [see 4:23].‘ When Jesus left the ·people [crowd] and went into the house, his followers [disciples] asked him about this ·story [parable; see 3:23].” (EXB)
Mark 9:44;46 ~ “If your hand causes you ·to sin [lose faith; stumble], cut it off. It is better for you ·to lose part of your body and live forever [L to enter life maimed] than to have two hands and go to ·hell [L Gehenna; C a valley outside of Jerusalem where in the OT period children were sacrificed to a pagan god; later used as a burning trash heap; a metaphor for hell], where the fire never goes out. In hell the worm does not die; the fire is never put out. If your foot causes you to ·sin [lose faith; stumble], cut it off. It is better for you ·to lose part of your body and to live forever [L to enter life crippled] than to have two feet and be thrown into ·hell [Gehenna; v. 43]. In hell the worm does not die; the fire is never put out.” (EXB)
Mark 11:26 ~ “When you ·are praying [L stand praying], if you ·are angry with [have anything against] someone, forgive him so that your Father in heaven will also forgive your ·sins [transgressions; trespasses]. But if you don’t forgive other people, then your Father in heaven will not forgive your ·sins [transgressions; trespasses].” (EXB)
Mark 15:28 ~ “They also put two ·robbers [rebels; revolutionaries; C the term “robber” was used by the Romans of insurrectionists] on crosses beside Jesus, one on the right, and the other on the left. And the Scripture came true that says, ‘They put him with criminals [Is. 53:12].’ People walked by and ·insulted [defamed; slandered; C the same Greek word used to “blaspheme”] Jesus and shook their heads [C a gesture of derision; Ps. 22:7], saying, ‘You said you could destroy the Temple and build it again in three days.'”
Mark 16:9-20 (all 12 verses) ~ “The women were shaking with fear and ·confused [overwhelmed; bewildered], so they left the tomb and ran away. They did not tell anyone about what happened, because they were afraid. SOME FOLLOWERS SEE JESUS After Jesus rose from the dead early on the first day of the week, he showed himself first to Mary Magdalene. One time in the past, he had ·forced [driven; cast] seven demons out of her. After Mary saw Jesus, she went and told his followers, who were ·very sad [mourning; grieving] and were crying. But Mary told them that Jesus was alive. She said that she had seen him, but they did not believe her.
JESUS TALKS TO THE DISCIPLES Later, Jesus showed himself to two of ·his followers [his disciples; L them] while they were walking in the country, but he did not look the same as before. They went back to the others and told them what had happened, but again, they did not believe them.
Later Jesus showed himself to the eleven while they were ·eating [reclining at table; see 2:15], and he ·criticized [reprimanded; rebuked] them because they had no faith. They were ·stubborn [hard hearted] and refused to believe those who had seen him after he had risen from the dead.
Jesus said to them, “Go everywhere in the world, and ·tell [preach; proclaim] the ·Good News [Gospel] to ·everyone [all creation]. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved, but anyone who does not believe will be ·punished [condemned]. And those who believe will be able to do these things as ·proof [signs]: They will use my name to ·force [drive; cast] out demons. They will speak in new ·languages [tongues]. They will pick up snakes and drink poison without being hurt. They will ·touch [lay hands on] the sick, and the sick will ·be healed [recover].”
After the Lord Jesus said these things to them, he was carried up into heaven, and he sat at the right ·side [hand] of God. The ·followers [disciples] went everywhere in the world and ·told [preached; proclaimed] the ·Good News [Gospel] to people, and the Lord helped them. The Lord ·proved [confirmed] that the ·Good News [Gospel] they ·told [preached; proclaimed] was true by giving them power to work ·miracles [signs].”
Luke 17:36- “There will be two women grinding grain together; one will be taken, and the other will be left. Two people will be in the field. One will be taken, and the other will be left. The followers [L They] asked Jesus, ‘Where will this be [L Where], Lord?’ Jesus answered, “Where there is a ·dead body [corpse], there the vultures will gather [C the carnage will make the place of judgment obvious to all].'”
Luke 22:43; 44- “Father, if you are willing, take away this ·cup of suffering [L cup; C suffering or punishment is metaphorically portrayed as something bitter to drink]. But do ·what you want [L your will], not ·what I want [L my will].’ Then an angel from heaven appeared to him to strengthen him. Being full of pain [in agony/anguish], Jesus prayed even harder. His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he ·finished praying [L rose from prayer], he went to his ·followers [disciples] and found them asleep ·because of their sadness [exhausted from grief].”
Luke 23:17 ~ “‘So, after I punish him [have him flogged], I will let him go free.’ Every year at the Passover Feast, Pilate had to release one prisoner to the people. But ·the people [L they] shouted together, ‘Take this man away [C for execution]! ·Let Barabbas go free [L Release Barabbas to/for us]!'”
John 5:4 ~ “Many sick people were lying on the porches beside the pool. Some were blind, some were crippled, and some were paralyzed, and they waited for the water to move. Sometimes [At a certain time; From time to time] an angel of the Lord came down to the pool and stirred up the water. After the angel did this, the first person to go into the pool was healed from any sickness he had. A man was lying there who had been ·sick [an invalid; disabled] for thirty-eight years.”
John 7:53-8:11 (all 12 verses) ~ “They answered, ‘Are you from Galilee, too? Study the Scriptures, and you will learn [L Search and see] that no prophet comes from Galilee.’ And everyone left and went home.
THE WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY Jesus went to the Mount of Olives [C east of Jerusalem across the Kidron Valley]. But ·early in the morning [at dawn] he went back to the Temple [courts; 2:14], and all the people came to him, and he sat and taught them. The ·teachers of the law [scribes; C experts in the law of Moses] and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They forced her to stand ·before [or in the midst of] the people. They said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught ·having sexual relations with a man who is not her husband [in the very act of committing adultery]. The law of Moses commands that we stone to death every woman who does this [compare Lev. 20:10; Deut. 22:22–24]. What do you say we should do?’ They were asking this to ·trick [trap; test] Jesus so that they could have some ·charge [accusation]against him.
But Jesus ·bent over [stooped down] and started writing on the ground with his finger [C we do not know what he is writing though there has been much speculation]. 7 When they continued to ask Jesus their question, he ·raised up [straightened] and said, ‘Anyone here who ·has never sinned [is guiltless; T is without sin] can throw the first stone at her [Deut. 13:9; 17:7; comp. Lev. 24:14].’ Then Jesus ·bent over [stooped down] again and wrote on the ground.
Those who heard Jesus began to leave one by one, first the ·older men [elders] and then the others. Jesus was left there alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus ·raised up [straightened] again and asked her, “Woman [C a respectful term of address in Greek; see 2:4], where are they? Has no one ·judged you guilty [condemned you]?”
She answered, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “I also don’t ·judge you guilty [condemn you]. ·You may go now, but don’t sin anymore [T Go, and sin no more].”
JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD Later, Jesus talked to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world [C the Feast of Shelters included a lamp lighting ritual that Jesus may be alluding to; 7:37–39]. The person who follows me will never ·live [L walk] in darkness but will have the light ·that gives life [L of life].”
Acts 15:34 ~ “After some time ·Judas and Silas [L they] were sent off in peace by the ·believers [L brothers (and sisters)], and they went back to those who had sent them, but Silas decided to remain there. But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch and, along with many others, preached the Good News [Gospel] and taught the people the ·message [L word] of the Lord.”
Acts 24:7 ~ “Also, he was trying to make the Temple unclean [defile/profane/desecrate the Temple], but we ·stopped [or grabbed; arrested] him. |And we wanted to judge him by our own law. But the ·officer [tribune] Lysias came and used much force to take him from us. And Lysias commanded those who wanted to accuse Paul [his accusers] to come to you. By asking him questions [cross-examining him] yourself, you can decide [learn; come to know] if all these things are true [or the nature of our accusations].”
Acts 28:29 ~ “‘[L Therefore,] I want you to know that God has also sent his salvation to all nations [the Gentiles], and they will listen!’ After [or When] Paul [L he] said this, the Jews left. They were arguing very much with each other. Paul stayed two full years in his own rented house [or at his own expense] and welcomed all people who came to visit him.”
Romans 16:24 ~ “Gaius [1 Cor. 1:14; Acts 19:29] is letting me and the whole church here use his home [L host to me and to the whole church; C churches met in homes at this time]. He also sends greetings to you, as do Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen. Glory to God [L Now to the one] who can make you strong in faith by [or in accord with] the Good News that I tell people [L my Gospel] and by [or in accord with] the message [preaching; proclamation] about Jesus Christ. The message about Christ is the secret [mystery; 11:25]that was hidden for long ages past but is now made known [revealed; disclosed].”
I John 5:7 ~ “Jesus Christ is the One who came by water [C likely a reference to Jesus’ baptism] and blood [C a reference to his death]. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit says that this is true [is the one who testifies/bears witness; Mark 1:11; John 1:32–34], because the Spirit is the truth. So [or For] there are three ·witnesses [who testify/bear witness]: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three witnesses ·agree [L are one].”