Revelation 22:19
Revelation 22:19
(KJV) And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
(1611 KJV) And if any man shall take away from the wordes of the booke of this prophesie, God shal take away his part out of the booke of life, and out of the holy citie, and from the things which are written in this booke.
(1587 Geneva Bible) And if any man shall diminish of the wordes of the booke of this prophecie, God shall take away his part out of the Booke of life, and out of the holie citie, and from those things which are written in this booke.
(1526 Tyndale) And yf eny man shall mynyshe of the wordes of ye boke of this prophesy god shall take a waye his parte out of the boke of lyfe and oute of ye holy citie and fro thoo thynge which are written in this boke.
(1388 Wycliffe)  And if ony man do awei of the wordis of the book of this prophesie, God schal take awei the part of hym fro the book of lijf, and fro the hooli citee, and fro these thingis that ben writun in this book.
 
Counterfeit Versions
(1881 RV) and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book.
(1901 ASV) and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book.
(NIV 2011) And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
(NASV) and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.
(THE MESSAGE) if you subtract from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will subtract your part from the Tree of Life and the Holy City that are written in this book.
(AMP) And if anyone cancels or takes away from the statements of the book of this prophecy [these predictions relating to Christ's kingdom and its speedy triumph, together with the consolations and admonitions or warnings pertaining to them], God will cancel and take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the city of holiness (purity and hallowedness), which are described and promised in this book.
(NLT) And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.
(ESV) and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
(CEV) If you take anything away from these prophecies, God will not let you have part in the life-giving tree and in the holy city described in this book.
(NCV) And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away that one's share of the tree of life and of the holy city, which are written about in this book.
(CEB) If anyone takes away from the words of this scroll of prophecy, God will take away that person’s share in the tree of life and the holy city, which are described in this scroll.
(HCSB) And if anyone takes away from the words of this prophetic book, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, written in this book.
(RSV) and if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
(NAB-Roman Catholic) and if anyone takes away from the words in this prophetic book, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city described in this book.
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses Bible) and if anyone takes anything away from the words of the scroll of this prophecy, God will take his portion away from the trees of life and out of the holy city, things which are written about in this scroll.
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
και εαν τις αφαιρη απο των λογων βιβλου της προφητειας ταυτης αφαιρησει ο θεος το μερος αυτου απο βιβλου της ζωης και εκ της πολεως της αγιας και των γεγραμμενων εν βιβλιω τουτω
 
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
και εαν τις αφελη απο των λογων του βιβλιου της προφητειας ταυτης αφελει ο θεος το μερος αυτου απο του ξυλου της ζωης και εκ της πολεως της αγιας των γεγραμμενων εν τω βιβλιω τουτω
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Erasmus 1516 - all subsequent versions
Stephanus (1550 A.D.)
Beza 1598
Elzivir 1624
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions0
Reads “the tree of life” instead of “the book of life”
Complutensian Polyglot (1522)
1592 Clement. Latin Vulgate text from available manuscripts.
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Greisbach, Johann - 1805
Hodges and Farstad 1982 as corrected in 1985
Lachmann, Karl - 1842
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Wordsworth, Christopher - 1856 revised in 1870
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
 
Affected Teaching
Anyone who removes anything from His word will be subject to eternal damnation. Those who are unbelievers were never in the holy city nor in the Lamb’s Book of Life. God is telling us that those who adulterate His Word are not worthy to be in the book of Life or the holy city. One of the most major attacks on the word of God today is the modern versions which remove verses and the portions of many other verses. This is one way they are taking away from the word of God. Then another way that teachings are removed from the word of God is by preachers and teachers who cast doubt on parts of the word of God. Many preachers do not believe in hell nor do they believe in the first three chapters of Genesis being literal. Those who take away from the word of God in any fashion are revealing that they are under the judgment of God and unless they become saved, will suffer the same penalty as all the rest of the unbelievers. God records the name of everyone He has saved in the book of life and not in the tree of life.
 
The tree of life is symbolic of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rev 22:14 KJV) Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Notice Rev. 22:14 states that that they are blessed who do His commandments. Without the benefit of the rest of the Bible, we could look at this passage and claim that we are saved by works in keeping His commandments. Of course we know that is impossible for anyone to do as no one can work for salvation. We do the commandments of the Lord through salvation by grace because Christ had satisfied all the demands of God’s Holy Law on behalf of the believer and we do the commandments as a result of salvation and not for salvation. Every saved person has their name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and as a result, we have the right to the tree of life for eternity, that is, Christ. For the modern versions to remove the second usage of “book” in verse 19 is to remove continuity of the thread which is in view in verses 18 and 19 which is speaking about those who are saved and those who are not.
 
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