Brother Ron Barnes
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Do Different Bibles Have the Same Text?
Dear Brother Ron
If you compare bibles used by Christians, do they all include the same text? Is there any text missing in any of them?
They all include the same books and verses with the exception of the apocrypha, which is only found in some versions. The books of the apocrypha include 1 & 2 Esdras, Tobit, Judith, Esther 10:4-16:24, Wisdom, Ecclesiastes, Sirach, Baruch, Prayer of Manasses and Maccabees 1-4. These are found in the original 1611 King James Bible but were excluded from later editions. In 1947, several manuscripts were discovered of books which were not included in the official Bible as declared by the First Council of Nicea. These are known as the Nag Hammadi Library and contain the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary and many others. You can view these books online or find the entire Nag Hammadi Library in print at your local book store.
If you want to compare the different versions of the Bible, download a program called E-Sword at http://www.e-sword.net/. It's the best bible study software on the planet. My program has 21 English translations of the Bible and the ability to compare different translations of the same verse side by side. It also has a search engine and many other features, including the ability to compare the English translation with the original Greek and Hebrew from which it was translated.
The program also features dictionaries, commentaries, graphics and enough other materials and features to keep you busy for the next two lifetimes. It's a free download and there are no ads, spyware or dogma. If you are seriously interested in studying the Bible, you will love it.