Counterfeit Bibles have multiplied at the printing presses of America driven by THE LOVE OF MONEY WHICH IS AT THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL," and a desire for glory and preimminence among believers. What you have here scanned for your edification is a document written during the box cart years when the public preacher typed Bible issues and instructions for believers on a portable laptop word processer he carried with him and ran them off on copy machines.
.       If you discover your Bible is a counterfeit, your salvation is not brought into question by your using it further, particularly if you are sure of your faith; but it is recommended you use the King James 1611 if you can.
Before the Reformation, most copies of the Bible were written in the Latin Vulgate translated by Jerome in the 4th Century for the Catholic Church. Monks and priests were about the only people who could understand Latin in Europe, Russia and in the British Isles, so the period up to the Reformation is known as the Dark Ages because the Word of God was inaccessible to most of the public and apparently the Church wanted to keep it that way.
During the reign of Alfred the Great in England (849-901), the first Anglo-Saxon versions of the Bible appeared with translations of the four gospels and the first fifty Psalms. The Word that is a Lamp unto our feet was coming closer to within reach of the people, many of whom were illiterate.
After the Norman conquests, more translations of individual books were made, but it was not until the 14th century that a more systematic programme of translation was begun at the prompting of the Lollard leader, John Wycliffe (1384). The Lollards were fiercely critical of the Church and maintained the supremacy of personal faith and conscience over the dictates of the clergy. They said as is being taught here in this website library, that Christians have the right and even the responsibility if they are able, to interpret the Bible for themselves.
Two complete Wycliffe translations of the Bible came forth in English despite official condemnation by the Church. Just as religious leaders opposed the Living Word, Jesus Christ when he came as God in the flesh, so the Church opposed the people having the written Word which is a Lamp unto our feet in Wycliffe's day and Church leaders continue to fight against people knowing the Word of God in truth to this day in America. The cause of their opposition is complex and difficult to explain, therefore it is recommended visitors stay and study the entire library of teachings here on this website.
Following the Wycliffe translations came the invention of the printing press in the 1400's, not the high speed computerized printing press of today; but the first fundamental means of mass production of manuscripts by Johann Gutenberg and his associates who printed the Gutenberg Bible.
The invention of the printing press apparently encouraged William Tyndale and Martin Luther to subsequently translate the Bible into the language of the people in England and in Germany and Catholic refugees translated the Douay-Rheims Bible named for the cities they had fled to, so both Protestants and Catholics came into possession of the written Word of God and the Dark Age was ended, or so we would like to think. For now the people had the Lamp unto their feet available to them, but the Reformation multiplied into multitudes of independent denominations and churches.
The version authorized by King James 1 of England reigned as the only Bible for the English speaking world for over two hundred years and wonderful revivals took place, but languages change by use generation from generation and the language of the King James became outdated. Instead of updating it, many versions came into being sowing more division and confusion in what was already a worldwide epidemic of division bringing to mind the verse of Scripture that says, "IF THE FOUNDATIONS ARE DESTROYED, WHAT CAN THE RIGHTEOUS DO?"
The wayfaring man was invited to preach to a crowd of prisoners in a Florida institution where he decided to make it so easy they could not mistake the truth of his message. So he quoted from the book of Proverbs in the King James 1611edition saying: "ONLY WITH PRIDE COMES CONTENTION." What he wanted them to know was why they had become criminals. For "PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL."
"If only you could look inside yourselves, you could find the source of your problems with the law is egotistical pride. You not only have a contention with business people you attempted to rob, but you have a contention with law and order itself and all authority. This was not said to insult you, but to encourage you that you do not have to return to this institution in lockup. You can gain control of your lives. You can fit into society and become a productive citizen once you realize the need for law and order and come to respect those in authority even though they are flawed in the performance of their duties."
When he stopped, they all reached for their versions of the Bible and proceeded to read Proverbs 13:10a out loud. Each version disagreed with the other and confusion took over. "But my version doesn't agree with you preacher." Each one could be heard saying. "Therefore you have to be wrong."
The wayfaring man tried to explain the problem with counterfeit versions to no avail. That was a little too much for a group of criminals most of whom returned to jail shortly after their long awaited release. They became agitated and threatening and he departed in peace.
If you know who is the Author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), you should have no problem discovering why the King James 1611 was not upgraded when the language of the people had outgrown it in usage.
We have one God, one faith, and when Christ returns we will have only his Spirit and his Word for the two sheepfolds, Israel and the Gentile nations. The Lord alone will solve this massive dose of division and confusion when "THE FORMER THINGS WILL NOT BE CALLED TO MIND." Meanwhile, the book that contains the height and width and depth of the Word of God and its mysteries is the authorized King James 1611 Bible. All the rest are counterfeits.
Kenneth Taylor authored the Living Bible paraphase (TLB) selling more than forty million copies after he founded Tyndale House to publish it. Interestingly enough, Tyndale is the primary translator of the sacred King James Bible. Of further interest is the fact Billy Graham promoted Taylor's works helping them gain prominence.
Taylor came under serious criticism and scrutiny for putting the Word of God into his own words, and although changes were made; he continued to publish it with the deceptive title of The Living Bible. In doing so, Tayor exalted his word to the heights, width and depths of God's Word whether out of ignorance or fraud only God Almighty knows but upon comparing his work with the sacred King James Bible, I think you will find Taylor butchering the meanings of the Word of God.
In an 1979 Interview he said: "The children were one of the chief inspirations for producing the Living Bible. Our family devotions were tough going because of the difficulty we had understanding the King James Version, which we were then using, or the Revised Standard Version, which we used later. All too often I would ask questions to be sure the children understood, and they would shrug their shoulders—they didn't know what the passage was talking about. So I would explain it. I would paraphrase it for them and give them the thought. It suddenly occurred to me one afternoon that I should write out the reading for that evening thought by thought, rather than doing it on the spot during our devotional time. So I did, and read the chapter to the family that evening with exciting results—they knew the answers to all the questions I asked!"
Although his testimony may be true as to the origination of the idea for a children's version of the Bible, Taylor never presented his product as his word, preferring to maintain adult sales deceptively by continuing to call his merchandise a Bible. Furthermore, the use of vulgar language in his paraphrasing causes suspicions as to his saying the TLB was written for children.
Vulgar language is used in John 9:34, 11:39, 1 Kings 18:27, 2 Kings 18:27 and 1 Sam. 20:30 of TLB paraphrase.
Who is the author of confusion and who are his servants in this visible world? Of course, the Devil wants to destroy the Word of God and is using the modern day printing press to do it. There are so many versions, it is nearly impossible to speak from the written Word to a random gathering with those in attendance all reading something different from what they think is the Bible. The Apostle Paul warned future generations saying, there are "many which corrupt the word of God." 2 Corinthians 2:17 Don't let all of the praise rich and honourable men like Taylor receive from others impress you. "That which is highly esteemed among men is abominable in the sight of God." St. Luke 16:15b
The following verse comparisons between the sacred King James Authorized Version of the Bible
and Taylor's fraudulent presentation strongly suggest TLB is not of God:
* KJV (Lev. 3:13) "And the sons of Aaron shall sprinkle the blood thereof upon the altar round about."
TLB "The priest shall throw its blood against the sides of the altar."
* KJV (Num. 25:11) "Phine-has...hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel."
TLB "Phinehas has turned away my anger for he was as angry as I."
* KJV (Judges 7:20b) "And they cried, the sword of the Lord and of Gideon."
TLB "All yelling for the Lord and for Gideon."
* KJV (Judges 19:2) "And his concubine played the whore against him."
TLB "But she became angry with him and ran away."
* KJV (1 Sam. 20:30) "Thou son of a perverse rebellious woman."
TLB "You son of a bitch."
* KJV (2 Sam. 16:4b) And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight, My Lord, O King."
TLB "Thank you, thank you, sir, Ziba replied."
* KJV (1 Kings 18:27) "Cry aloud: for He is a God: either He is talking or He is pursuing."
TLB "Perhaps he is talking to someone or else is out sitting on the toilet."
* KJV (2 Kings 21:6b) "He wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger."
TLB "So the Lord was very angry, for Manasseh was an evil man in God's opinion."
* KJV (2 Chron. 26:4) "And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord according to all that his father Amaziah die."
TLB "He followed in the footsteps of his father Amaziah and was in general a good king as far as the Lord's opinion of him was concerned."
* KJV (Job 3:26) "I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet: yet trouble came."
TLB "I was not fat and lazy yet trouble struck me down."
* KJV (Psa. 34:20) "He keepeth all His bones: not one of them is broken."
TLB "God even protects him for accidents."
* KJV (Ezek. 2:1) "And He said unto me, son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee."
TLB "And he said unto me, Stand up, son of dust and I will talk to you."
* KJV (Zech. 2:8) "He that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye."
TLB "For he who harms you sticks his finger in Jehovah's eye."
* KJV (Zech. 13:6) "And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends."
TLB "And if someone asks then, what are these scars on your chest and your back, you will say, I got into a brawl at the home of a friend."
* KJV (Mark 9:29) "And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting."
TLB "Jesus replied, Cases like this require prayer."
* KJV (Luke 5:8) "When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord."
TLB "When Simon Peter realized what had happened he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, O sir, please leave us. I'm too much of a sinner for you to have around."
* KJV (John 1:17) "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."
TLB "For Moses gave us only the law with its rigid demands and merciless justice while Jesus Christ brought us loving forgiveness as well."
* KJV (John 2:4) "Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come."
TLB "I can't help you now, He said, It isn't yet my time for miracles."
* KJV (John 6:69) "And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God."
TLB "And we believe them and know you are the holy Son of God."
* KJV (John 12:15) "Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt."
TLB "Don't be afraid of your King, people of Israel, for he will come to you meekly, sitting on a donkey's colt!"
* KJV (John 13:26) "Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon."
TLB "He told me it is the one I honor by giving the bread dipped in the sauce."
* KJV (Acts 13:48) "The gentiles heard and were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord, and believed: even as many as were ordained unto eternal life. "
TLB "When the Gentiles heard this, they were very glad and rejoiced in Paul's message; and as many as wanted eternal life, believed. "
* KJV (Acts 9:5) "And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."
TLB "Who is speaking, sir, Paul asked. And the voice replied, I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and await for further instructions."
* KJV (Rom. 5:1) "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:.."
TLB "So now since we have been made right in God's sight by faith in His promises we can have real peace with Him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us."
* KJV (1 Cor. 16:22) "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha."
TLB "If anyone does not love the Lord, that person is cursed. Lord Jesus, come."
* KJV (2 Cor. 5:21) "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
TLB "For God took the sinless Christ and poured into Him our sins. Then in exchange He poured God's goodness into us."
* KJV (2 Cor. 8:9) "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."
TLB "You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus was:..."
* KJV (1 Tim. 2:5,6) "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
TLB "That God is on one side and all people on the other side, and Christ Jesus Himself, man, is between them to bring them together by giving His life for all mankind."
* KJV (1 Tim. 3:16) "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,..."
TLB "It is quite true that the matter to live a godly life is not an easy matter, but the answer lies in Christ who came to earth as a man."
* KJV (Rev. 6:17) "For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"
TLB "Because the great day of their anger is come and who can survive it?"