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Avoid the NIV (New International Version) Bible Translation



Missing Verses and Misleading or Bad Translations:

Since 1978 when the NIV was released, it is true that this version seems easier to read for some people and has become a popular version of the Bible. However there have been many verses omitted from God's word in the NIV, along with many changes that are either misleading or outright opposed to God’s foundational message.

The following is a compiled list of all of the Bible verses missing from the New International Version. It is important to note these were not accidentally left out, but removed for a purpose. Once you see and read what was purposefully omitted, it may cause sadness, anger, frustration and hopefully a resolve to not only avoid the NIV translation but to share with others the truth of why it is important to find and read, and study a Bible that will reveal 100% of gods truths. 

We are commanded in Ephesians 5:1 to imitate God.  If you do not know all of God's nature, Jesus’ deity and authority, and every single one of his instructions on how we should think act and live FOR HIM to fulfill this command to imitate God (because some of God's instructions have been removed) it makes our assignment to imitate him much more difficult, and in a few instances… impossible.

Here is a list of many of the bible verses missing from the NIV and the verses that are incorrectly translated.





Matthew 6:13

NIV omits an important part of the “Lord’s Prayer, “For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever, Amen.”  


Matthew 8:29
NIV omits the name, “Jesus,” thou Son of God.


Matthew 17:21

NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT:  “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”   


Matthew 18:11

NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT:  “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost”


Matthew 19:17

NIV says, “Why do you ask me about what is good?”

This verse should be stated correctly as in the KJV “Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God:”


Matthew 23:14
NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.”


Matthew 23:23
NIV changes the word “faith” to say “faithfulness”> These do not mean the same. The KJV of the Bible says, “By faith we are saved,”… NOT by “faithfulness”


Mark 7:16

NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT:  “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”


Mark 9:29

The NIV omitted “fasting.” Fasting is a huge part of what Jesus did. Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. Jesus teaches it is an important element to healing.


Mark 9:44


Where ‘Their worm does not die
And the fire is not quenched.’


Mark 9:46


Where ‘Their worm does not die
And the fire is not quenched.’


Mark 11:26

NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT:  “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”



Mark 13:33

NIV says, “be on guard”.  The KJV says, “Watch and Pray.” This is not the same.

Leaving out prayer is disturbing.


Mark 15:28

NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT:  “So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’”

This was a prophecy from the Old Testament proclaiming the Deity of Christ.


Luke 4:4
NIV omits “but by every Word of God.”

However, All of existence was brought into being by the Word of God. Jesus IS The Word of God. (This is one of the most important verses in the Bible)


Luke 4:8
NIV omits “And Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Get thee behind Me, Satan!’”


Luke 5:20
Jesus did not call the sinner “friend,” as translated in the NIV.

Jesus called him, “man,” from KJV.


Luke 6:40
NIV changes the word “Perfect” to say “fully trained,”

Jesus wants us to be perfect in Him, not “fully trained.”


Luke 11:2-4
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we pray “Our Father which art in Heaven”.  The NIV omitted the word “Our” and only mentions “Father.”


In addition, NIV omits “deliver us from evil” in verse 4


Luke 12:31
NIV says, “his kingdom.” omitting God. 

It should say “The kingdom of God.”

Satan has a kingdom, and God has a kingdom. Omitting God can cause confusion.


Luke 17:36

NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT:  “Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.”


Luke 21:19
NIV replaces the word “Patience” with “Standing firm”

This is not the same.


Luke 23:17

NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT:  (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast)


John 4:42
NIV omits the name of “Christ”


John 5:4

NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT:  For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.


John 6:47
NIV says, “he who believes.”

Original says, “He who believes on Me has everlasting life.”  Believing is not enough.


John 9:35
NIV changes “Son of God” to read, “son of man,” stripping the deity of Christ


Acts 8:18
NIV changes “Holy Spirit” to say just “spirit.”


Acts 8:37
NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT:  Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”


Acts 10:30
NIV omits the word “fasting” – fasting is powerful for seeing needs being met.


Acts 15:34

NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT:  However, it seemed good to Silas to remain there. 


Acts 22:16
NIV changes calling on “The Name of the Lord.” to only say, “Calling on his name.”


Acts 24:7

NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT:  “But the commander Lysias came by and with great violence took him out of our hands”


Acts 28:29

NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT:  And when he had said these words, the Jews departed and had a great dispute among themselves.


Romans 11:6
The NIV omits, “But if it be of works, then it is no more grace.”  This is an important clarification explaining how the Gospel operates between grace and works.


Romans 16:24

NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen


2 Corinthians 10:5
NIV says, “demolish arguments.” 

KJV says “Casting down imaginations”.  The word imaginations is more extensive


Galatians 4:7
NIV says “slave”.   Should be “servant,”

A servant has the choice of leaving his master and a slave does not.

We have a choice of serving Christ or of deserting Him, whereas, a slave does not have that choice.


Galatians 5:22
NIV uses the word “faithfulness” in place of the word ”faith.”

We are saved by faith… not by being faithful.


Galatians 6:15
NIV omits “for in Christ Jesus” in this verse.


Ephesians 3:9
NIV omits “created all things by Jesus Christ.” 


Ephesians 3:14
NIV omits “of our Lord Jesus Christ” saying, “I kneel before the Father.”

KJV says, “I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”


Ephesians 5:9
NIV says, “Fruit of the light.” (no such thing mentioned anywhere in the Bible to cross reference this to)

KJV says “Fruit of the Spirit.”


Philippians 3:21
NIV says, “lowly bodies.” while the KJV says, “Vile bodies.”  These words have different meanings. Vile means sinful and lowly means humble.


Philippians 4:13
NIV omits the name of Christ.  It says, “I can do everything through him.”(but the word him is vague. Who are they talking about here?)

KJV says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”


Colossians 1:2
The NIV omits, “and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”


Colossians 2: 18
NIV says do not follow false teachers believing “what he HAS seen.”

KJV says do not follow false teachers believing “what things he HATH NOT seen.” Polar opposite meanings.


1 Timothy 2: 7
NIV omits the name of Christ saying only, “Truth.” while the KJV says, “Truth in Christ.”


1 Timothy 3:16
NIV says “He appeared in a body.”  Vague… what type of body?

KJV says, “God was manifest in the flesh.”


2 Timothy 3:17
NIV omits the word “perfect” saying, “So that the man of God may be ------- thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

KJV says, “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”  When God uses the word ‘perfect’… it reveals our goal to strive for.


Hebrews 4:12
NIV only says “quick and active.”

KJV says, “The Word is quick and powerful,” A person can be active without being powerful.  But it is the “Power of God,” that sets us free, not “activity.”


Hebrews 13:21
NIV only says, “equip”  but it should read… “make you perfect”

KJV says: may the blood of Christ “make you perfect”.  NIV weakens the power of the blood of Christ


1 Peter 1:22
NIV says love each other from your heart.  But Jeremiah 17:9 and Mark 7:21-23 reveal that the heart of man is evil and deceitful. 

KJV says love each other from a “pure heart” and this purity can only come from God or Christ.  NIV is removing Christ from the equation again.


1 John 5:7

NIV COMPLETELY LEFT OUT LAST HALF:  For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.


Jude 1
NIV omits the word “sanctified.” And uses the word “loved”.  Sanctification means we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus (not just ‘loved’)


Revelation 1:11
NIV omits Jesus saying, “I AM THE ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE FIRST AND THE LAST.” This title Jesus gives himself validates Jesus’ deity and the Triune nature of God.


Revelation 21:24
NIV, talking about the nations, omits “which are saved”

KJV says, “the nations which are saved” will bring the light


There are many more verses in both the New Testament as well as the Old Testament, which are in error in the NIV.  Added words, deleted words, changed the meaning or completely left out whole verses, The Lord warns against this practice in the book of Revelation 22:18-19.



Exodus 6:3
NIV replaces and uses the word “Lord” instead of name “Jehovah”

The name “Jehovah” is also known as “Yahweh” and signifies and defines a greater identity than just a generic Lord.


Psalm 8:5
NIV replaces the word “angel” with “a heavenly being”


Proverbs 8:18
NIV changes the word “Righteousness” to say “prosperity”

But a person can be prosperous without being righteous,

You can become prosperous but that doesn’t make you righteous (in right standing with God)


Isaiah 14:12-15
NIV omits the name, ”Lucifer,” which is another name for the Devil and replaces it with “Morning Star” in place of “son of the morning” as in the KJV. 

In Revelation 22:16, Jesus is referred to as “Morning Star”

NIV makes it sound like Jesus fell from grace, and not Satan.


Jeremiah 29:11
NIV replaces the word “peace” with “prosperity.”

These are NOT synonyms


Daniel 3:25
NIV steals the focus of our One God by saying “the fourth looks like the son of the gods (plural).” 

But “The Son of God,” is the correct translation in the KJV.

This seems like an attempt to make the Word of God acceptable to all religions and all gods of those religions.





Some may say the NIV is easer to read, but this is not true.  The NIV robs Jesus of His deity, and confuses the reader with constant controversy.  That… in and of itself… makes trying to understand the concepts of God, Jesus, the nature of God, and His intentions for us…. Much more confusing and impossible to understand with the NIV changes and its purposeful deletions of scripture.




Does It Matter Which Bible Translation We Read?


I believe it is better to read a bible and at least get something out it, than to not read a bible at all.  But if you want to study well and understand God, His nature, His will, and His Son Jesus Christ… avoiding the NIV is a good start.


I would recommend any one of these translations for new Bible readers:






God Bless You and happy reading!!


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