John 6:47
 
John 6:47
(KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
(1611 KJV) Uerely, verely I say vnto you, Hee that beleeueth on me, hath euerlasting life.
(1587 Geneva Bible) Verely, verely I say vnto you, hee that beleeueth in me, hath euerlasting life.
(1526 Tyndale) Verely verely I saye vnto you he that beleveth on me hath everlastinge lyfe.
 
Counterfeit Versions
(NIV) I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
(NASB) "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.
(1901 ASV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth hath eternal life.
(ERV) “I can assure you that anyone who believes has eternal life.
(CEB) I assure you, whoever believes has eternal life.
(ESV) Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
(GNB) I am telling you the truth: he who believes has eternal life.
(HCSB) " I assure you: Anyone who believes has eternal life.
(NCV) I tell you the truth, whoever believes has eternal life.
(NLT) “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life.
(NIRV) What I'm about to tell you is true. Everyone who believes has life forever.
(RSV) Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.
(NAB - Roman Catholic) Let me firmly assure you, he who believes has eternal life
(NWT - Jehovah‘s Witnesses) Most truly I say to YOU, He that believes has everlasting life
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
amhn amhn legw umin o pisteuwn eiV eme ecei zwhn aiwnion
 
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
amhn amhn legw umin o pisteuwn ecei zwhn aiwnion
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century (original)
L 019 - Seventh century
T 029 - Fifth century
W 032 - Fourth/fifth century
Theta 038 - Ninth century
P 66 - circa 200 A.D.
P 75 - Third Century
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century (corrected)
D 05 - Bezae Cantabrigiensis - Fifth century
K 017 - Ninth century
Gamma 036 - Ninth or Tenth century
Delta 037 - Ninth century
1 (Minuscule) - Seventh century
13 (Minuscule) - Eighth century
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Omit “on me”
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857 (in brackets or margin)
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871 (in brackets or margin)
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 Teachings
In the KJV Greek we see the word “eme” (eme) which has seven different inflections. The word comes from “egw” (ego). In every instance, it is a first person singular personal pronoun. This word denotes the focus of a specific belief of a person. In the English text of the KJB in John 6:47, we see the words “on me” which teaches that those who believe specifically on the Lord Jesus will have everlasting life. The foot note in the United Bible Societies under this verse shows that these words are missing from Vaticanus and Sinaiticus which are the two primary manuscripts which underlie all the modern versions. You will also notice that both the NIV and the NASB are in total agreement with the NAB (New American Bible-Roman Catholic) and NWT (New World Translation of the Jehovah Witnesses). This is because the same manuscripts which the rewriters of the NIV and NASB used are the same ones that underlie the Cult bibles.
When the words “on me” are removed, the statement loses its specificity of belief. With the modern versions claiming that all you have to do is believe, it sets up the person to believe what they want. The Roman Catholic can freely believe in Mary as their co-redemptrix simply because the passage says “he who believes.” A New Ager can believe in their astral planes because it says “he who believes.” By removing “on me” in the text, it also removes the unique redemptive nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is only through Him that a person will become saved and have everlasting life. (Acts 4:12 KJV) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
 
To remove “on me” removes the only path of true salvation and opens the doors for any and all adherents of whatever religion suits a person. Some may say, “well we know what the Bible means when it say believes.” The only reason that people know what that means is because when they were growing up, they used the King James Bible and are remembering it. What about a new believer who goes to the book store and asks for a Bible and the store manager sells them an NIV (which yields higher mark-up than the KJB). That new believer is starting their Christian life with a false version and no prior knowledge of the KJB. Beginning a Christian life with a “bible” that is the same as what the Roman Catholics and Jehovah Witnesses use is building on a sandy foundation and will lead to a consistent weakness in their Christian life. Try and witness to a JW with an NIV, it is like using their NWT to try and prove them wrong.

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