My wife and I were discussing Isaiah 28:9-10 this morning. This is a verse about teaching your children about God. It is in the context of fallen Ephraim. (Ephraim had strayed from their former glory. Ephraim had fallen because both the people and the priests were drunkards.) Could it be they had forgotten to teach their children God’s truth?
Our discussion then went to the devastating consequences of modern Bible versions, such as the New International Version (NIV). Could it be that our children have not been taught rightly because of watered-down Bibles like the NIV?
Let’s compare Isaiah 28:9-10 from the King James Bible (KJV) with the NIV.
First the King James:
Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Next, the NIV:
Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast?
For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there.
The footnote to verse 10 in the NIV does even more damage to the verse:
Hebrew / sav lasav sav lasav / kav lakav kav lakav (possibly meaningless sounds; perhaps a mimicking of the prophet’s words also in verse 13
I would say that the NIV does a good job of rendering Verse 10 meaningless.
The footnote, in the NIV, also mentions Verse 13. Here is verse 13 from the King James Bible.
But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. — Isaiah 28:13 (KJV)
This verse states that these people will be judged by the word of the LORD. It is not some meaningless sounds as the footnote indicates. It is the word of the LORD!
Compare the two verses for yourself. The meaning is very different! Be careful and avoid the modern versions of the Bible. God preserved his word in the King James Bible.
God bless, Mike