John 3:15
 
John 3:15
(KJV) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
(1611 KJV) That whosoeuer beleeueth in him, should not perish, but haue eternall life.
(1587 Geneva Bible) That whosoeuer beleeueth in him, shoulde not perish, but haue eternall life.
(1526 Tyndale) that none that beleveth in him perisshe: but have eternall lyfe.
 
Counterfeit Versions
(NIV) that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
(NASB) so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
(ESV) that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
(HCSB) so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life
(1901 ASV) that whosoever believeth may in him have eternal life.
(CEV) Then everyone who has faith in the Son of Man will have eternal life.
(RSV) that whoever believes in him may have eternal life."
(NRSV) that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
(NAB-Roman Catholic) so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life."
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witness) - that everyone believing in him may have everlasting life.
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
ina paV o pisteuwn eiV auton mh apolhtai all ech zwhn aiwnion
 
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
ina paV o pisteuwn en autw ech zwhn aiwnion
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
L 019 - Seventh century
1 (Minuscule) - Seventh century
13 (Minuscule) - Eighth century
33 (Minuscule) - Ninth Century
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
P 63 - Circa 500 A.D.
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
K 017 - Ninth century
Gamma 036 - Ninth or Tenth century
Delta 037 - Ninth century
Theta 038 - Ninth century
13 (Minuscule) - Eighth century
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Omit “should not perish”
Lachmann, Karl - 1842 (in brackets or margin)
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Weiss, Bernhard - 1894
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
Von Soden, Freiherr - 1902
 
Affected Teaching
By removing the words “should not perish” there is a denial of the literalness of Hell. Eternal damnation for sin has long been held by liberals and apostates as a false teaching. This is why it is not surprising that both the second century Gnostics of Alexandria, Egypt and the modern day theologians have both agreed that this true biblical doctrine must go. The idea of accountability, with consequences, to a Holy God has been anathematized over the centuries and in our day of great “enlightenment” through intellectualism, culpability has been excised. With many apostates in the pulpits and the Christians afraid to ask questions or to question the validity of these versions, creates a perfect environment for deception. The modern versions are sources for disbelief, doubt, and doctrinal attacks and must be avoided at all costs.

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