The Bible King James Version and Modern Translations (NIV, ESV, NLT, ASV)

The Holy Bible

I always knew there were some missing verses in modern Bible translations when compared to the King James Version (KJV), but never really knew what those verses were, nor bothered to do some research on them. It was until a few weeks back that I intentionally took the task upon myself to do that research and compare modern Bible translations to the KJV.

Since there are a lot of Bible translations out there, I only took a few to compare, more specifically the New International Version (NIV), the English Standard Version (ESV), the New Living Translation (NLT), and the American Standard Version (ASV).





Now to my disclaimer, obviously I prefer the KJV over other modern Bible translations, and in a way I believe is the most accurate version in the English language out there, however I am not saying (like some people do) that you can only get saved if you read the KJV, or people witnessing to you using only the KJV, I think that’s foolishness. If you are saved and use the NIV, I am no MORE saved than you are, but anyways, I wish more people would use the KJV like it used to be.

Missing Verses in Other Bible Versions

In this section I will point out the verse in question using the KJV, weather is missing in the other reviewed Bible translations, or not missing, a little background and any relevant footnotes.

  • Matthew 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and ifasting
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • In this passage Jesus is heals a boy with a demon. Jesus’ disciples tried to heal this boy, however they failed and Jesus proceeded to heal him.
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here words similar to Mark 9:29
  • Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • This is the parable of the Lost Sheep where Jesus says that if a man has 100 sheep and one goes astray, wouldn’t the man go looking for the one gone astray?
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here the words of Luke 19:10
  • Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • This is a rebuke to scribes and Pharisees for being hypocrites and fakers
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here words similar to Mark 12:40 and Luke 20:47
  • Mark 7:16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here the words of Mark 4:23
    • Here the Pharisees see Jesus’ disciples eat with unwashed hands and condemned them. Then Jesus says that nothing that comes unto a man’s stomach is defiled (talking about food)
  • Mark 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • Jesus is talking about temptations to sin and warning about hell and in this specific verse He is describing Hell
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here the words of Mark 9:48
  • Mark 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • Jesus is talking about temptations to sin and warning about hell and in this specific verse He is describing Hell
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here the words of Mark 9:48
  • Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • Jesus is talking about forgiveness and to always forgive wrongdoings of others against you
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matthew 6:15
  • Mark 15:28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • Jesus was crucified with two thieves by his sides, then the scripture gives a reference to Isaiah 53:12 and Luke 23:37
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here words similar to Luke 22:37
  • Luke 17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • Here Christ is describing the second coming of The Lord
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matthew 24:40
  • John 5:4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • Jesus was at the pool called Bethesda where a great multitude of impotent men waited for an angel to trouble the waters, here He met an impotent man and healed him
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here, wholly or in part, paralyzed—and they waited for the moving of the waters. 4 From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters. The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease they had
  • Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • Philip is teaching to a eunuch and in this verse, the eunuch shows he truly believes Jesus is the Son of God
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
  • Acts 15:34 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here But Silas decided to remain there
  • Acts 24:7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • A certain orator named Tertullus came before Ananias the high priest accusing Paul of being bad influence for all the Jews
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here him, and we would have judged him in accordance with our law. 7 But the commander Lysias came and took him from us with much violence, 8 ordering his accusers to come before you
  • Acts 28:29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • Here Paul is preaching in Rome, when he finished preaching, the Jews departed and disputed among themselves
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here After he said this, the Jews left, arguing vigorously among themselves
  • Romans 16:24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen
    • Missing in: NIV, ESV, NLT
    • Included in: ASV
    • Paul is giving his final instruction and greetings
    • Footnotes: Some manuscripts include here May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen
  • I John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one
    • The NIV, ESV, NLT only contain the first part of the verse (For there are three that bear record in heaven) then jump right to verse 8 giving to understanding that the ones in heaven are Spirit, Water and Blood
    • The ASV omits verse 7 entirely and splits verse 6 into two parts forming verse 6 and 7

Note: Footnotes are from the NIV, but similar footnotes are found in the other reviewd translations.

There might be more missing verses, but these are the ones I have found so far. If I find any other I will add it later, of if you know of another then let me know and I will add it. Also, I will probably include more sections at a later time.

PS: Since this post might generate heated discussions, please be kind with your words remembering that everything must be done in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).





Esau Silva
Software Engineer at Region One ESC
Microsoft Full Stack Application Developer
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