"CONTRADICTIONS" in the KING JAMES BIBLE - 01
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I Sam 17:50; II Sam 21:19: WHO KILLED GOLIATH?
Did David kill Goliath (1 Sam 17:50), or
Did Elhanan kill Goliath? (II Sam 21:19)
1. God's Word, the Authorized Version (AV) - or King James Bible - correctly and accurately reports in every passage that David killed Goliath, and also reports that one of his mighty men, Elhanan, killed the brother of Goliath.
2. The NWT, NASB (and many others) wrongly state that Elhanan killed Goliath.
3. The AV is correct on this issue, with no contradiction. This is one of many good examples that prove the authenticity of the AV as God's only word in the English. It is certainly not a contradiction in the AV, but it is a contradiction in many of the new versions.
4. Some people believe that the words, "the brother of" should not be in the AV, given that the words were not in the manuscript that the translators of the King James Bible had for that passage, and that they added those words. But, this is an issue that needs to be carefully studied and understood. In brief:
a. IF these words are removed, THEN the AV would be wrong. But, it is not wrong. As it stands, the AV is correct.
b. IF these words don't belong in the passage in the first place, then ALL versions, including the originals from which these supposedly came would be in error for posing the contradiction, or dilemma, as to who killed Goliath. This conclusion is inconsistent with the character of God. Why not accept the AV as it correctly reads?
c. No one has the originals, so no one can prove that these words should be removed.
d. On the other hand, there is ample evidence that italicized words WERE in the originals, because even though they were not in some passage manuscripts (hence why they were italicized) they WERE in other manuscripts where the parallel passage can be found, or where the person speaking was quoting from another passage.
1) For example, Acts 2:25 and its manuscript have the two missing words "he is" that were missing from the manuscripts underlying Ps 16:8.
2) Likewise, I Cor 9:9 and its manuscript have the two missing words, "the corn" that were missing from the manuscripts underlying Deut 25:4.
3) Also, in Matt 4:4, Jesus quoted Deut 8:3 and even stated the missing word "word" that was missing from that OT manuscript.
e. If all of the italicized words are removed, the bible would make no sense (nor would new versions, if all of their added words were removed). If only some are removed, then who would decide which were inspired?
5. New version editors have added many words that are not in the source manuscripts, but they were not honest enough to italicize them so that we could know what words they added. The AV translators wanted us to know these things. Because of this, who should we consider to be more trustworthy?
6. The AV is correct in reporting that David killed Goliath and that Elhanan killed the brother of Goliath. Most other versions are wrong on this point.
7. The AV translators were honest in reporting what words they added to the text during translation, and made this known to us by placing those words into italics. The new version translators were not - and did not.
8. You can TRUST every word in God's Word, the King James Bible!