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NIVisms


The New International Version is not a reliable translation, and should not be used for serious Bible study or memorization.

The Bible translation that I use (it's the one I usually carry to church) is the New King James Version ("NKJV").   I have "retired" my [1984] New International Version.   Listed below are some places where the NIV incorrectly translates the Bible.

Some time, just for fun, compare the [1984] NIV with the better (more serious) translations such as the English Standard Version, the New King James Version, the Holman Christian Standard Bible, or the New American Standard Bible (Updated).   Look up the passages shown below.   You'll notice that the "serious" translations are all about the same, while the [1984] NIV spins off into its own little world.

NOTE: The NIV was revised in 2011, and it wasn't much of an improvement; "brothers" became "brothers and sisters," and "they" was used as the generic pronoun, even when it referred to only one person   —   this is how it mutilates Revelation 3:20:

    "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."   (NIV - 2011 "update") [emphasis added]

Note how these spineless "translators" take great pains to avoid any appearance of being "politically incorrect." "Anyone" becomes "that person" (so as to avoid the use of "him," which is the correct generic pronoun in English).   If you're afraid of feminists, you don't have what it takes to translate the Bible.

The correct translation of Revelation 3:20 is:

    "Behold [it's the word idou, a word which appears many times in the New Testament and has has never meant anything other than "look" - it does NOT mean "Here I am!"] I stand at the door and knock. If anyone [ean tiV] hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me."

Of the NIV "irregularities" on the list below, the 2011 NIV "update" corrects 23% of them, and the correction, in every instance, conforms to the "Correct Translation" shown below.

 
New International Version (1984)
Correct Translation
Matt. 1:25 he had no union with her he did not know her
Matt. 6:14 when they sin against you their trespasses
Matt. 7:27 it fell with a great crash the fall of it was great
Matt. 10:6 (and 15:24) lost sheep of Israel lost sheep of the house of Israel
Matt. 10:22 because of me because of my name
Matt. 19:12 renounced marriage made themselves eunuchs
Matt. 22:16 you are a man of integrity you are truthful
Matt. 23:32 Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers Fill up the measure of your fathers
 
New International Version (1984)
Correct Translation
Matt. 24:10 will turn away from the faith will be offended
Matt. 26:25 Yes, it is you You said [it]
Mark 3:5 their stubborn hearts the hardness of their hearts
Mark 15:37 breathed his last breathed out
Luke 1:15 from birth from his mother's womb
Luke 1:34 I am a virgin I do not know a man
Luke 1:38 I am the Lord's servant Behold the Lord's servant
Luke 1:42 the child you will bear the fruit of your womb
Luke 6:20 Looking at Lifting up his eyes
Luke 9:61 my family those of my household
 
New International Version (1984)
Correct Translation
Luke 11:29 As the crowds increased The crowds pressing upon him
Luke 12:25 can add a single hour to his life can add a cubit to his height
John 2:10 After the guests have had too much to drink When they are drunk
John 5:39 You diligently study the Scriptures You search the Scriptures
John 10:32 I have shown you many great miracles I have shown you many good works
John 10:36 set apart as his very own sanctified
John 10:38 the miracles the works
John 11:52 bring them together and make them one bring them together as one
John 12:11 putting their faith in him believing in Jesus
John 12:40 deadened hardened
 
New International Version (1984)
Correct Translation
John 13:1 he now showed them the full extent of his love he loved them to the end
John 14:24 will not obey my teaching will not keep my word
John 17:11 protect them by the power of your name keep them in your name
Acts 2:46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts Every day they continued steadfastly with one mind in the temple
Acts 3:2 from birth from his mother's womb
Acts 11:15 came upon them fell upon them
Acts 11:23 When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God Upon arriving and seeing the grace of God
Acts 13:48 honored the word of God glorified the word of God
Acts 15:33 with the blessing of peace with peace
Acts 17:17 the God-fearing Greeks the worshippers
Rom. 1:3 as to his human nature according to the flesh
 
New International Version (1984)
Correct Translation
Rom. 2:2 is based on the truth is according to the truth
Rom. 2:17 brag about your relationship with God boast of God
Rom. 2:25 you have become as though you had not been circumcised your circumcision has become uncircumcision
Rom. 3:20 through the law we become conscious of sin through the law comes knowledge of sin
Rom. 3:28 apart from observing the law apart from works of the law
Rom. 4:1 Abraham, our forefather Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh
Rom. 4:25 delivered over to death delivered up
Rom. 6:4 we too may have a new life we too might walk in newness of life
Rom. 7:2 the law of marriage the law of the husband
Rom. 7:14 unspiritual fleshly
Rom. 8:8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom. 14:15 acting walking
Rom. 15:5 as you follow Christ Jesus according to Christ Jesus
 
New International Version (1984)
Correct Translation
Rom. 15:7 praise glory
I Cor. 1:17 not with words of human wisdom not with wise words
I Cor. 1:26 by human standards according to the flesh
I Cor. 2:9 no mind has conceived [it] has not entered into man's heart
I Cor. 4:15 I became your father I begat you/gave you birth
I Cor. 5:11 anyone who calls himself a brother anyone who is called a brother
I Cor. 6:9 homosexual offenders homosexuals
I Cor. 6:20 honor [verb] glorify
I Cor. 7:36 the virgin he is engaged to his virgin
I Cor. 9:25 goes into strict training exercises self-control in all things
 
New International Version (1984)
Correct Translation
I Cor. 11:2 teachings traditions
I Cor. 14:26 strengthening building up
I Cor. 15:51 Listen Look
II Cor. 1:10 such a deadly peril such a great death
II Cor. 1:17 in a worldly manner according to the flesh
II Cor. 2:13 peace of mind rest [for] my spirit
II Cor. 5:21 God made him who had no sin He made him who knew no sin
II Cor. 7:9 as God intended according to God
II Cor. 10:4 the weapons of the world the weapons of the flesh
Gal. 1:11 is not something that man made up is not according to man
 
New International Version (1984)
Correct Translation
Gal. 1:16 any man flesh and blood
Gal. 2:17 does this mean that Christ promotes sin? is Christ then a minister of sin?
Gal. 3:2 by observing the law by works of the law
Gal. 4:5 the full rights of sons adoption as sons
Gal. 4:29 in the ordinary way according to the flesh
Gal. 4:29 by the power of the Spirit according to the Spirit
Gal. 5:2 Mark my words Behold (Ide)
Gal. 5:6 faith expressing itself through love faith working through love
Gal. 5:16 live by the Spirit walk in the Spirit
Eph. 1:17 so that you may know him better in the knowledge of him
 
New International Version (1984)
Correct Translation
Eph. 2:3 by nature objects of wrath by nature children of wrath
Eph. 2:19 God's people holy ones
Philp. 1:5 partnership fellowship
Col. 2:11 the sinful nature the body of flesh
Col. 4:17 work ministry
II Thess. 2:7 the secret power of lawlessness the mystery of lawlessness
II Thess. 2:15 teachings traditions
I Tim. 1:8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly We know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully
I Tim. 3:9 deep truths mysteries
Philm. 16 as a man in the flesh
 
New International Version (1984)
Correct Translation
Heb. 6:1 acts that lead to death dead works
Heb. 11:3 at God's command by the word of God
Heb. 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God [note the order of the list] But you have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem
James 5:6 innocent men the righteous one
James 5:11 what the Lord finally brought about the end [purpose] of the Lord
I Pet. 1:20 chosen foreknown
I Pet. 3:4 inner self hidden man of the heart
I Pet. 3:8 live in harmony with one another be of one mind
I Pet. 3:15 acknowledge sanctify
I Pet. 5:8 Be self-controlled Be sober
 
New International Version (1984)
Correct Translation
II Pet. 1:13 the tent of this body this tent
I John 2:16 boasting of what he has and does ostentation of life
I John 4:2 acknowledges confesses
Rev. 3:10 command word   (logon)
Rev. 3:20 Here I am Behold

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