One of the biggest mistake Christians make is to think that the King James Version of the Bible is an exact or evening equivalent translation of the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek Scriptures. Not true. Not true at all.
The King James Version is similar to a version of one of many sides of an argument. When people argue, they tell their ‘own side’ of what transpired. As an independent and objective bystander, you will be foolish if you hear only one side of the argument and conclude based on that.
Sadly, that is what many people do with the King James Version. And this has led to a situation where their faith is built on lies, half-truths and inadvertent errors by the translators.
There are actually people who have said, ‘If King James Version was good enough for the early church, it is good enough for me!”. Such is the ignorance of many so-called Christians that they are unaware that the KJV was established in 1611, more than 1500 years after the ‘early church’. Many people you know, actually think that Peter, John, and Paul, along with many of the Apostles, wrote the KJV. I am not joking.
I have previously dealt with this issue at length, however, it takes several doses of medicament to cure some diseases. So let me give this another go.
One of the Scriptural verses that the KJV got either deliberately or inadvertently wrong is Isaiah 45:11 which reads in that version as follows:
“Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.”
Based on that, many genuine believers have been commanding God. Let me put it this way, it is actually stupid to command God. And the original Hebrew Scriptures never said such.
The truth, which is clear if you read the original Hebrew, or even if you read the preceding and succeeding verses, is that God speaking through Isaiah was showing disappointment in people who were questioning His judgment.
The preceding verse (Isaiah 45:10) says: “Woe to the one who says to a father, ‘What have you begotten?’
By Reno Omokri