That Didn’t Count!

When I was a young boy I was very competitive. Actually I still am, but my salvation has tempered my zeal and helped me to have correct priorities. But when I was little I reeeeeaaally hated to lose. And there were times when I would lose a race or game to someone else. In my frustration I can remember (on more than one occasion) blurting out, “that didn’t count!”

There are those that have spilled much ink about how the footnotes of modern versions cast doubt upon the word of God. There are even people that compile how many words have doubt cast upon them by such footnotes. They then make ridiculous claims about how many words have been “removed” or “had doubt cast upon them”. I have even read claims that some versions have removed over 60,000 words! These folks cry out “that didn’t count!” if there is a footnote on a verse.

Again, I refer to my “word for word, page for page” copy of the AV 1611 and look at Luke 27:36. Lo and behold, there is a note in the margin that says this:

“This 36 verse is wanting in most of the Greek copies.” (‘wanting’ means ‘lacking’)

This is only one of many places where the AV 1611 translators provided notes concerning the validity of a verse, or provided alternative translations of the Greek or Hebrew. Apparently the KJV translators were not concerned about casting doubt on verses, but rather were concerned with providing the reader with as much information as they had available so that God’s word could be studied, understood, and applied.

It is deceptive to disparage modern versions for doing the same thing that was done by the translators of the AV 1611. When I lost a race, I used to cry out “that didn’t count!” but my adversaries would normally reply, “Did too!” As much as KJVOnly defenders would like to say “those verses don’t count”, I have to reply “they do too!”

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