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Jack: You know, there is a verse of scripture, 2 Corinthians 2:17 that says, "For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God:" and in the modern versions you will find that it says, "We don't 'peddle' the word of God."
"Oh, well, the Original Greek says that that means "to sell it." People sell Bibles all the time. You can go to any Christian bookstore, they're selling --they're peddling-- scriptures. They're peddling Bibles. Now they're gonna tell you that "peddle" doesn't mean peddle; it's means something different. But to me, a peddler is a peddler, and you're selling stuff.
Now, that's an interesting thing.
If you were the Devil, and you were thinking you wanted to attack God, what would you pick to do? One of the things He says is that He's magnified His word even above all His name (Psalm 138:2). And His name is above every name (Ephesians 1:21; Philippians 2:9), "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow... And that every tongue should confess..." (Philippians 2:10-11). And if His name is that important, and if His word is that important, don't you think the Devil wants to have a piece of that? And what do you suppose he would do? Either he's an idiot... he's a lousy Devil, if he doesn't do something to change those words. I mean, he should get in a new business if he doesn't attack the words of God.
But then, how could that be? If there's all these Bibles that say --and mean-- all kinds of different things... you don't suppose that he has a part of that? Or is every version "of God" --the New International Version, the ESV, the New American Standard-- they all say different things. Some have more verses than others, even. Some have less verses than others. Verses, I'm not talking just words. I mean, okay, the NIV might have 64,000 words less, roughly, (63,203) than a King James Bible. But of course, people say, "Oh, it doesn't really matter. What difference does it make?" (I'm sounding like Hillary Clinton.)
Anyway, make a comment on it.
David: Okay, well there are a number of different things. First of all, if you were the Devil, the first thing you'd want to do is keep people from faith. All that matters to God for salvation is faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. So if you're the Devil, the one thing you want ... is doubt, more than anything else. So what you want to do is stop anybody believing that God has one truth. That's the first, primary, point. "Yea, hath God said...?"
If you can get people saying, "I don't know what God said," or "I have no idea whether He said it," then you have taken them away from the only thing that God asked for. "...he that cometh to God must..."
Jack and David: "...believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
David: See, Hebrews 11:6 is there for a reason. God counts what we do in terms of whether it's by faith, or by doubt. If you were the Devil, you would want to make a Bible that's filled with doubt, that adds to your doubts, that encourages doubts... anything that keeps you from faith. That makes me suggest that maybe what God has is 1) one Bible, 2) with one message, 3) that leads you to faith.
Jack: You know, it's interesting. People, some folks talk about, "Well, this is what it says in the Greek; this is what it says in the Hebrew." What kind of a Bible --which means book-- would there be, if God decides, just before He comes back again, the Lord Jesus Christ comes back again... Why would He have a Bible that is in two different languages, so that you can't cross-reference the Old Testament with the New? It makes more sense to me that He would come out with a Bible that's unified, so that in one language you could read a word in the Old Testament and cross-reference it in the New, and the same, New to Old. That makes sense to me. Then you can do a serious Bible study.
Now they used to say, "Oh, the New American Standard, that's for 'serious students' of the Bible."
This was a "serious student of the Bible," because he was sold on the New American Standard.
David: Just for the fun of it: you know the word "peddle," that they use in the different versions, including the New King James or different versions of anything but "corrupt," right? The term was used for one thing, and dope dealers do it nowadays. They cut a drug, in order to make a bigger profit. So they're peddling, they're selling drugs, but what they're doing is they're corrupting the drug by cutting it with other non-drug things that are way less expensive, and cheapening it, and making it mixed: "bad stuff" and "good stuff," and then selling it as if it's genuine. That's what it's talking about.
Is the issue the money? Well, no. The issue is the corruption itself.
Jack: The quality of the product...
David: The quality of the product.