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English Majority Text Version 2009

New Testament



15:1Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were drawing near to Him to hear Him.
15:2And the Pharisees and scribes were grumbling, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."
15:3And He told them this parable, saying:
15:4What man of you, having a hundred sheep, and loses one of them, does not leave behind the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and goes after the one having been lost until he finds it?
15:5And having found it, he puts [it] on his own shoulders, rejoicing.
15:6And coming into the house, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'
15:7I say to you that likewise [there] shall be more joy in heaven over one sinner repenting than over ninety-nine righteous who need no repentance.
15:8"Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds [it]?
15:9And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I lost!'
15:10Just so, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
15:11Then He said: "A certain man had two sons.
15:12And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give to me the share of the wealth which falls to [me].' So he divided to them his livelihood.
15:13And not many days after, having gathered together all things, the younger son went on a journey to a distant country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.
15:14But when he had spent everything, there arose a severe famine throughout that country, and he began to be in need.
15:15Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
15:16And he was longing to fill his stomach with the carob pods which the swine were eating, and no one gave him anything.
15:17But having come to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have an abundance of bread, and I am perishing with hunger!
15:18I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,
15:19and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants."'
15:20And he arose and went to his father. But when he was still far off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion, and he ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
15:21And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
15:22But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put [it] on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.
15:23And bring the fatted calf here and slaughter it, and let us eat and be merry;
15:24for this my son was dead and came to life, and he was lost and was found.' And they began to be merry.
15:25Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
15:26And having summoned one of the servants, he was inquiring what these things might be.
15:27And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him back in good health, your father has killed the fatted calf.'
15:28But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and began to plead with him.
15:29So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, so many years I have been serving you and I never transgressed your commandment; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.
15:30But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with prostitutes, you slaughtered the fatted calf for him.'
15:31And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.
15:32But it was necessary to be merry and to rejoice, because your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' "
English Majority Text Version

English Majority Text Version


Welcome to the third edition of The English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible. This latest edition has Greek explanatory notes throughout the Bible, to aid the reader in understanding the meanings in some select places of the original Koine Greek. Also, the third edition finds itself closer to the Robinson/Pierpoint printed edition of the Byzantine majority text, rather than the Hodges/Farstad text, which the EMTV was translated from. You will notice these differences in John 7:53-8:11, as well as the entire book of Revelation.

The English Majority Text Version draws from the work of both Dr.’s Hodges and Farstad, and their text, “The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text,” as well as from Dr. Wilbur Pickering, ThM. PhD., and the EMTV has incorporated his hard work in the field of producing evidence of just what does constitute a majority reading, and, as a result of his work, and the work of others, John 7:53-8:11, and the book of Revelation reflect these variant readings. This is one of the great things about having a Bible that is translated from the majority of the trustworthy Byzantine manuscripts that are in existence—the much greater probability of accuracy.

On the other side of the fence, most modern Bibles are translated from a few scant manuscripts (literally), and more often than not they do not even agree with each other. Not so with a Bible that is translated out of the majority! The experts in linguistics who have put these readings together, and diligently compared the manuscripts, had hundreds and hundreds of manuscripts to compare. It is my prayer that this work will bring honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to our God and Father; because all of this, all that we do, we do to know Him better, and to better understand His word, which He has given to mankind. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prove 30:5,6). Peace of Christ to you all. In His service, Paul W Esposito Stauros Ministries