Acts 3:20
 
Acts 3:20
(KJV) And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
(1611 KJV) And hee shall send Iesus Christ, which before was preached vnto you.
(1587 Geneva Bible) And he shall sende Iesus Christ, which before was preached vnto you,
(1382 Wycliffe) and when God shall sende him which before was preached vnto you that is to wit Iesus Christ
 
Counterfeit Versions
(1881 RV) and that he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, even Jesus:
(1901 ASV) and that he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, even Jesus:
(AMP) And that He may send [to you] the Christ (the Messiah), Who before was designated and appointed for you--even Jesus,
(CEB) Then the Lord will provide a season of relief from the distress of this age and he will send Jesus, whom he handpicked to be your Christ.
(CEV) Then that time will come when the Lord will give you fresh strength. He will send you Jesus, his chosen Messiah.
(ESV) that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,
(GNB) times of spiritual strength will come from the Lord, and he will send Jesus, who is the Messiah he has already chosen for you.
(HCSB) and He may send Jesus, who has been appointed Messiah for you.
(THE MESSAGE) Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you, and send you the Messiah he prepared for you, namely, Jesus.
(NASV) and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,
(NCV) And he will send Jesus, the One he chose to be the Christ.
(NIRV) He will send the Christ. Jesus has been appointed as the Christ for you.
(NIV) and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.
(NLT) Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.
(RSV) and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,
(NAB-Roman Catholic) and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Messiah already appointed for you, Jesus,
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) and that he may send forth the Christ appointed for YOU, Jesus,
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
και αποστειλη τον προκεκηρυγμενον υμιν ιησουν χριστον
 
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
και αποστειλη τον προκεχειρισμενον υμιν χριστον ιησουν
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century
D 05 - Bezae Cantabrigiensis - Fifth century
E 08 - Sixth century
P 025 - Ninth century
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Reads “appointed before hand” instead of “before was preached”
Greisbach, Johann - 1805
Lachmann, Karl - 1842
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Wordsworth, Christopher - 1856 revised in 1870
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
Hodges and Farstad - Majority Text
 
Affected Teaching
What is in view in the King James Bible is the fact that from Genesis to Malachi, the Lord Jesus Christ had been preached (word in Greek means proclaimed) to the nation of Israel. Peter is not speaking to this crowd by the Temple claiming that Christ was proclaimed to them only a short time ago but the Scarlet Thread runs through the entirety of the Hebrew Scriptures. This is the point that Peter is making, that Israel had 1500 years to identify and receive their Messiah. Since they were very Scripturally ignorant, they could not identify Him and therefore had rejected Him but here Peter is telling them that they can receive Christ as personal Savior. Jesus Christ will come to them, not in person, but in the person of the indwelling Holy Spirit. While it is true that Jesus was the ordained Messiah, what is in view in this verse is the fact that He did not just show up on the scene unexpectedly. Israel had 1500 years of warning and depending upon when the book of Job was written, maybe even longer. (Job 19:25 KJV) For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: It is believed that Job was a contemporary with the time of Abraham. If that was the case, then Israel had a pre-Pentateuch writing which mentioned the fact that the Redeemer would live on the earth in the latter days. The modern versions omit these great truths by just pointing to the fact that Christ was the ordained Messiah but not pointing to the fact that He was possibly prophesied for two thousand years, fifteen hundred for sure.

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