Chapter 5


#27 — Matthew 1:19

KJV (King James Version)    -   “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away ______________.”

NKJV (New King James Version)    -   “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away SECRETLY.”

NWT (New World Translation — Jehovah’s Witnesses)   -   “However, Joseph her husband, because he was righteous and did not want to make her a public spectacle, intended to divorce her SECRETLY.”

Note:   Once again, the translators of the New King James Version chose the same exact word as the Jehovah’s Witnesses did.  The word privately means, “unsuitable for public use or display” (Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary).  The word secretly means, “kept from knowledge or view, hidden; SECRET implies concealment on any grounds for any motive” (Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary).  You can have a private ceremony at the cemetery where only the immediate family members are invited. But that is far from a secret ceremony at the grave site at 12 midnight so no one will know.


You can do something privately  without doing it secretly.

A private wedding  is one in which only certain people are invited.

But a secret wedding  would not even be valid, because there must be witnesses present.


    If Joseph would have tried to divorce Mary secretly, it would not have been legal or binding. There must be witnesses of it, and there must be official records of it.
Joseph wanted to divorce Mary privately because he loved her, and did not want to make a public spectacle of her.

    1. Matthew 1:18-19 says, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with __________ of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and ______ willing to make her a ______________ example, was minded to put her away ______________.”
    2. Matthew 1:20-21 says, “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear ______ to take unto thee Mary thy ________: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name __________: for he shall save his people from their sins.”


#28 — Daniel 3:3

KJV (King James Version)    -   “Then the ______________, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.”

NKJV (New King James Version)    -   “And King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to gather together the SATRAPS, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.”

Note:   The NKJV translators changed the word princes to satraps. Does that make the word easier to understand, or harder?  Remember what the NKJV translators stated was their purpose? To update “words whose English meaning has changed.” Remember the reason for the translation? (The idea to produce the New King James Version of the Bible was born out of a conversation between Joe Moore and his dad, who was the president of the Thomas Nelson Publishing Company. He said, “Daddy, you make so many Bibles, why can’t you make a Bible that I can understand?” (The New King James Version, by Arthur L. Farstad, pg. 1)). Do you think that little Joe Moore knew what a satrap is?
    It is interesting to note the Forward in a book authored by Arthur L. Farstad, who was the chairman of the NKJV project. The book was published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, and the Forward is written by Michael Cocoris. Thomas Nelson used Cocoris in a DVD designed to answer questions about the NKJV, and hopefully to sell people on the idea of “making the NKJV their primary Bible.”  This is a statement that Cocoris made in the Forward which he wrote for Farstad’s book, “You can even find out what version of the Bible was used at the wedding of PRINCE Charles and Lady Diana! Dr. Farstad covers the New King James from A to Z.”


So while Cocoris is trying to make a case for the NKJV over the KJV, he makes a terrible

blunder. He refers to Charles as PRINCE  CHARLES instead of as SATRAP   CHARLES.


    1. Proverbs 19:20-21 says, "Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be ________ in thy ____________ end. There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the ________, that shall __________."
    2. Proverbs 21:23 says, "Whoso keepeth his __________ and his ____________ keepeth his soul from ________________."

Note:   What we find here is that the truth comes out in the end. Farstad and Cocoris knew that there were serious changes in the NKJV (not just the updating of Old English words), but for whatever reasons that they had, they were trying to push the NKJV as simply the latest revision in the line of the KJV.  Cocoris calls Charles a Prince — not a Satrap. How could he make such a blunder, when the NKJV uses the word satrap?


According to Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate
Dictionary, the word satrap  is a 14th CENTURY WORD.


Wait a minute — something is wrong here. Farstad, Cocoris, and the NKJV translators said that the KJV was in need of updating the Old English words whose meaning had changed. So what did they do? They took the KJV and its 17th century words (translated in 1611, about 400 years ago), and replaced one of those words with a 14th century word (one that was used in the 1300’s, about 700 years ago).


So they took a word that was 400 years old, and
replaced it with a word that was 700 years old.
Is that what you call updating the language?


What that is called is deceit. Beware of the NKJV. It is not an update of the KJV — it is a corruption of God’s Holy Word.

    3. Psalms 119:104 says, “Through thy precepts I get ________________________: therefore I hate every __________ way.”



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