The Stealth Bible Exposed

From: Paul S. Dixon (
Date: Sun Jun 22 1997 - 23:22:39 EDT

The June 14/21 issue of World magazine reports the following:

        In a surprise development, the board of the International Bible
        announced at 7:00 a.m. on May 27 that it will preserve the
        New International Version of the Bible and discontinue all plans
        develop a new, gender-neutral version of the NIV.

Much thanks to Tim Bayly, John Piper, Wayne Grudem, Vern Poythress, James
Dobson, Joel Belz, Charlie Jarvis and R.C. Sproul who were instrumental
in effecting this decision (read article).

John Piper brought forward at least 5 passages of "serious
mistranslations." I submit them for your consideration:

        1. Rev. 3:20 where the NIVI had, "Here I am! I stand at the door
and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in
and eat with them, and they with me."
        The "them" and "they" translate respectively AUTON and AUTOS
(both singular in the Greek).

        2. Num. 8:17a where the NIVI had, "Every firstborn male in
Israel, whether human or animal, is mine ..." Here "human" renders the
Hebrew ADAM (contrast NIV "man").
        3. Acts 1:21-22 where the NIVI had, "Therefore it is necessary
to choose one of those who have been with us the whole time the Lord
Jesus went in and out among us..." The phrase "one of those" renders
ANDRWN ...hENA TOUTWN (contrast NIV, "one of the men").

        4. Jn 11:50 where the NIVI had, " ... it is better for you that
one person die .." where "one person" renders hEIS ANTHRWPOS (contrast
NIV, "one man").

        5. 1 Cor 15:21 where the NIVI had, "For since death came through
a human being ..." where "human being" renders ANTHRWPOU (contrast NIV,

I am personally grateful to God for raising up such men as defenders of
His Word and for the decision made to "discontinue all plans to develop a
new, gender-neutral version of the NIV."

Paul S. Dixon

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