Textus Receptus Bibles
King James Bible 2016
|3:1||In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,|
|3:2||and saying, "Repent, because the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"|
|3:3||Because, this is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, saying: "The voice of one shouting in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; make His paths straight.'"|
|3:4||Now John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.|
|3:5||Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him|
|3:6||and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.|
|3:7||But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "O children of vipers! Who has warned you to escape from the wrath to come?|
|3:8||Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,|
|3:9||and do not think to say within yourselves, 'we have Abraham as our father.' Because, I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.|
|3:10||And even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.|
|3:11||I indeed baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than me, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.|
|3:12||His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the storehouse; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."|
|3:13||Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.|
|3:14||But John prevented Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?"|
|3:15||But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, because it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him.|
|3:16||And when He was baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him.|
|3:17||And behold a voice from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."|
King James Bible 2016
Unlike most other modern versions, this Bible's text is based upon the same Hebrew Masoretic Text, and Greek Textus Receptus, of the King James Version of 1611.
In non Textus Receptus versions, the issue of having the best underlying manuscripts, is often overshadowed by the massive amount of omissions in the text. Because the KJV 2016 is not dealing with issues of omission and addition, the focus has been upon definition, and the KJV translators choices have been used as the benchmark.
One issue not often majored upon in the bible version debate is simply the way Greek words are defined. Many times, the NKJV leans upon the definition choices of modern versions as well as defaulting to Vines and Strong's definitions, which are almost always favorable to the Revised Version. In other words, one may have a correct text to translate from, but use erroneous modern version/modern dictionary definitions which change or distort the meaning of the words. Jay Green was accused of having a good TR bible but with "Alexandrian readings".
The KJV 2016 Edition rejects such erroneous modern definitions and restores the distinctness of historical KJV readings. The NKJV also tended to gravitate toward KJV marginal notes, which are in truth, rejected readings, and also toward Geneva Bible definitions, which the KJV had already cleared up.
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