How Does the Niv Compare to the Kjv?

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How does the NIV compare to the KJV?
Hundreds of texts showing the true quality of the NIV translation! This is a sampling of texts from a broad spectrum of doctrines, concepts, and magnitude of importance, comparing the King James Version with that of the New International Version. Each text can be seen side-by-side for easy comparison, and those who wish to may also view these texts from BibleGateway.com by clicking on the link at the left in each row. Please note: These texts are just a sampling and do not represent a complete list, nor are these necessarily representative of the most important differences in the translations presented. Additionally, this list is arranged in a chronological order, and not, as might be better, by topic. In order to understand the magnitude of the individual changes, one must look at the sum of all similar changes of the same subject matter throughout the entire Bible. |

Bible Passage| King James Version (KJV)| New International Version (NIV)| Notes:| Genesis 49:10Read online at BibleGatewayKJV  NIV| The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.| The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.| NIV here reduces the promise of the Messiah to a nameless pronoun and muddles the meaning with that of Judah.| Exodus 20:4Read online at BibleGatewayKJV  NIV| Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.| "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.| NIV has altered the grammar which now reduces the scope of the commandment. A "graven image" is more like a "sculpture" than an "idol." Removing the "OR" is key.| Exodus 20:5Read online at BibleGatewayKJV  NIV| Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;| You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,| "Visiting" and "punishing" are not the same. While "visiting" may mean "punishing", "punishing" could never mean "visiting." So the NIV translators have chosen our interpretation for us.| Exodus 20:6Read online at BibleGatewayKJV  NIV| And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.| but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.| Mercy and love may be similar, but they are not the same. Neither are "thousands" and "a thousand {generations}" the same. The NIV has added its own perspective here, regardless of the original intent. Does not God love everyone?| Exodus 20:7Read online at BibleGatewayKJV  NIV| Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.| "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.| Again, the NIV has narrowed the scope of the command. To "take the name of the LORD thy God in vain" is NOT the same as to "misuse the name of the LORD your God."| Exodus 20:10Read online at BibleGatewayKJV  NIV| But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:| but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter,...
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